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Nagano City Historical Tour

6:30 hours
up to 4 people
English ( Native ), Japanese ( Fluent )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

Take a deep dive into the history of this temple city. A pilgrimage site for over 1000 years, Nagano city has hosted emperors, samurai lords, famous monks, artists and hundreds of thousands of devoted pilgrims. More recently, it hosted the 1998 Olympic Games. Join me in visiting ancient temples and battle sites, enjoy delicious soba and sake, and really get a feel for what this city has to offer.

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  • Zenkoji Temple
  • Kawanakajima Battle Site
  • Eating soba & sake tasting

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What to Expect

Nagano city's main attraction is Zenkoji Temple, but there's far more to see than just the main hall. On the walk to the temple from Nagano Station (about 2km/1.25 miles) see some of the temples and shrines of the 7 Lucky Gods, the place where the Olympic torch stood during the 1998 Olympics, and take a quick rest to try some Oyaki dumplings before reaching the main Zenkoji Complex. Take some time to explore this huge complex, including the museum, main hall & underground corridor, and take pictures from inside the Sanmon Gate. After eating some delicious soba noodles, we'll take 2 buses to the Kawanakajima Battle Site. While it's mainly used as a park these days, I'll do my best to bring the various battles to life. Finally, we'll return to Nagano station where we'll have an opportunity to taste sake from all around Nagano prefecture. The tour will take approximately 6-7 hours.

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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point Nagano Station or your hotel in Nagano city
Ending Point Nagano Station or your hotel in Nagano city

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee
Bus transportation
Entrance to Zenkoji Temple, Museum and the Sanmon Gate

What‘s not included

Meals & food costs, including Oyaki, Soba and the Sake tasting


I can guide you in the central-northern part of Nagano, particularly around Nagano city, Matsumoto, and Ueda. Depending on the date and your request, I may be able to guide in other areas.

As we will be spending a lot of time outside, please dress appropriately for the weather, including rain, snow or sun. The tour may be cancelled for safety if there is extreme weather such as a typhoon or snowstorm. Please let me know if you have any allergies or dietary restrictions. While the described tour has a long walk up to the temple, we can also skip some of the places on the way to Zenkoji and take the bus instead.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

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Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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