Budget travel tips
Places of interest
Zenkoji Hondo Temple (FREE)
A stunning temple famous all over Japan. There are lots of little temples, gardens and food stalls for you to enjoy. Great for New Years’s Eve.
Chuo Dori Street
The road leading up to Zenkoji Hondo Temple from Nagano station is a nice walk, with lots of traditional shop buildings and Ryokans (traditional Japanese hotels).
Gondo Dori Shopping Street
A cool shopping street full of nice cafes, restaurants and nice shops. Mostly rather reasonably priced as well!
How to get there
With the Japan Rail Pass
From Tokyo station, take the Shinkansen (JR bullet train) to Nagano station (87 mins).
From Matsumoto, take the Limited Express Wideview train (JR train) to Nagano station (48 minutes)
Without the Japan Rail Pass
Hostels and Cheap Hotels
Chuoukan Shimizuya Ryokan
Prices usually just 2600 yen, plus near Zenkoji Hondo Temple. Check prices at Booking.com.
Right next to the station, but the rates are really cheap. Check prices at Booking.com.
Go! Nagano – Official Tourism Guide