Prefectural capital:Nagano City
Nagano Prefecture was host to the 1998 Winter Olympics. Because it’s cool throughout the year, highlands tourism is very popular. Karuizawa and Shiga Highlands are famous as a summer resort, and there are many villas. In addition, Bessho Onsen, Shirahone Onsen, Zenkō-ji and Matsumoto Castle are also visited by many tourists.
Production volume of lettuce and celery is the first of Japan. And production of buckwheat is thriving in highlands where “soba festival” will be held throughout the year. In addition, the forestry is also thriving in mountain area, Kiso hinoki is especially famous as a good timber.