A guide to Japan's prefectures and major cities
|13,562 square km (5,236 square miles)
|2.12 million as of October 2013
|Japanese white birch
Business & Industry:
The Northern and Southern Alps run through Nagano Prefecture, and this mountainous terrain together with a relatively cool climate allows for the farming of apples, mountain vegetables and other crops. Many companies involved in the manufacture of high-precision instruments are also located in the prefecture.
Tourism & Culture:
Mountainous Nagano is a popular for skiing (1998 Winter Olympics) and climbing. Hot springs can be enjoyed in traditional spa towns such as Shibu-Onsen and snow monkeys bathing in hot water can be viewed in Jigokudani. Matsumoto Castle is a well-preserved samurai-era fortification in the city of Matsumoto.
Soba noodles, mountain vegetables, castles and winter sports. Places like Karuizawa are popular places for city-dwellers to escape the summer heat.