Travel Budget for Nagano

Nagano-ken, Japan

How much does it cost to travel to Nagano?

How much money will you need in Nagano? ¥10,983 ($102) is the average daily price for traveling in Nagano. The average price of meals in Nagano for one day is ¥2,693 ($25). The average price of a hotel in Nagano for a couple is ¥14,880 ($138). Additional pricing is in the table below. These average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple

How expensive is Nagano?

How much does a trip to Nagano cost? Is Nagano expensive? The average Nagano trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Nagano prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
  • Food2 Meals for one day
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
Last Updated: Apr 2, 2018
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Flights to Nagano

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Typical tour prices for Nagano

How much do tours to Nagano cost? Multi-day tours can often be an effecient way to see the highlights of a country or region.

  • Contiki Tours for 18-35 year olds
    15 days
    $ 4200
  • Intrepid Small group tours for everyone
    9 days
    $ 1850
  • G Adventures Adventure and cultural tours
    11 days
    $ 2100
  • Trafalgar Award-winning tours
    10 days
    $ 3825
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Nagano Narai-juku historic town, Nagano, Japan (©Nagano Prefecture/©JNTO)
Nagano city and its surrounding prefecture of Japan is a temple region built around Zenkoji, a 7th century Buddhist temple that overlooks the city. Nagano was also home to the Winter Olympic Games in 1998, with some facilities still existing around town. And then there is the forested mountain Togakushi area to the northwest, which is another draw of Nagano, known for its shrines and status as the home of the Togakure Ninja School.
The Zenkoji Temple is the center of Nagano. It is a major pilgrimage site and stores the first Buddhist statue ever to be brought into Japan when Buddhism was first introduced in the 6th century. The original statue remains hidden within the temple while a copy of it is shown to the public every six years for a few weeks. Zenkoji is also significant because the town of Nagano was built around it. Some of its features include a decorative main hall and dark underground passage to the "key to paradise" which is thought to grant salvation to anyone who touches it. Near the temple there is also the Zenkoji History Museum, the main Sanmon Gate, and the outer Niomon Gate. Just south of Zenkoji's main gate there is also Nishi-no-Mon, a sake brewery with a restaurant, small museum, and shops housed in traditional buildings. Other attractions of the city include the Shinano Art Museum which holds rotating exhibitions of local fine art, and the Olympic facilities remaining from the 1998 Winter Olympics. These include the M-Wave, the Olympic Stadium, the White Ring, and the Big Hat.

Outside of the city, to the forested mountains of the northwest, there is the Togakushi region of Nagano. Here is the home of the Togakushi shrine which consists of a lower, middle, and upper shrine important to Japanese mythology. They are connected both by roads and hiking trails up the mountain's forested slopes with opportunities to see a small waterfall, age old architecture, sacred trees, and a serene pond amidst mountain scenery. The Togakushi area is also home to the Togakure Ninja School, Togakushi Ninpo Museum, and the Kids Ninja Village-a small theme park with ninja related attractions.
The city of Nagano is centered on Zenkoji Temple. Chuo Dori Street is the main thoroughfare that leads up to the temple and is lined with plenty of traditional shop buildings and ryokan, or traditional Japanese hotels. Around the temple itself there are also a number of food stalls and souvenir shops to enjoy amidst the traditional design of the temple and gardens. Another popular hub of activity is Gondo Dori Shopping Street which is full of caf├ęs, restaurants, and shops as well. Beyond Nagano city, there is the Togakushi area known for its shrine and ninja school as well as several mountain towns including Hakuba, Karuizawa, Nozawa, and Shiga Kogen.

Beyond the temples, shrines, Olympic facilities, and attractions of the mountainous Togakushi area, Nagano holds a festival each summer on the first Saturday in August. The festival is called Binzuru and involves a parade of people walking and dancing down the main street all the way down to the Zenkoji Temple to rub a Binzaru statue for luck.

If you seek some relaxation after all of your sightseeing, Nagano is also in the vicinity of some renowned onsen, or bath houses. Kagai Onsen Ichiyoukan has separate long flowing indoor baths for men and women, while Omuro Onsen Makibanoyu has a large outdoor bath with views across the Zenkouji Plain to the Northern Alps.

In the winter, Karuizawa is a popular mountain resort town to visit, while Nozawa Onsen serves as a hot spring and ski resort.
Food and Dining
When it comes to food, Nagano is best known for its soba (buckwheat noodles), known as Shinano soba or Shinshu soba. In fact, Togakushi, about an hour by bus in northwest of the city center, is considered to have some of the best soba in Japan. Miso, or fermented bean paste, is also a famous product of the region and staple throughout Japan, as is oyaki which consists of small grilled dough balls filled with vegetables or meat. For the adventurous palette, some of the more unusual specialties include basashi (raw horse meat) and inago (locusts). Bento, a kind of Japanese packed meal, is popular throughout Japan-the local form being the Kamameshi bento. You can find them at train stations, cooked and served in a clay pot. And then there are sweet and juicy Nagano apples, for the prefecture yields the second largest crop in Japan.

For shorter routes to and from Nagano, it is recommended to book ahead. The best prices for buses and trains in Japan can be found on 12Go. They let you search across all bus, train, and airline routes throughout Asia.

The best way to reach Nagano is to first fly into Tokyo to either the Narita or Haneda Airport. By train, Tokyo and Nagano are connected with each other by the Hokuriku Shinkansen. The one way trip takes about 80-100 minutes.

By bus, there are multiple bus companies that operate frequent daytime highway buses between Tokyo and Nagano Station. The trip one way takes about 3.5 hours.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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