Nagano Prefecture is the treasure house of nature, history and culture. Situated in the center of Japan, it is home to the Northern, Central and Southern Alps, and so is often referred to as the "Roof of Japan." Its 13,585 square kilometers play host to four national parks that offer year - round recreational activities, from hiking and camping in spring, summer and autumn, to skiing and skating in winter. The innumerable peaks naturally provide a challenge to mountain climbers of all calibers..
Summer is refreshingly cool, spring and autumn are invigorating, and winter is snowy wonderland. The many mountains have also ensured a good supply o healthful hot spring spas, patronized by residents and visitors alike.