New Golden Route

Winter highlights and gastronomy

Course 715 days trip

Feel Zen atmosphere in snow and explore new culinary frontiers in gastronomy across Japan's Original Golden Route.

  • Good for: Couples
  • The best time to visit: Winter


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from Kusatsuonsen Bus stop to Karuizawa Sta. by Bus - 31 min.

from Karuizawa Sta. to Nagano Sta. by Train - 30 min.

by Taxi - 15 min.

Zenkoji Temple

Zenkoji Temple

An aboundance of cultural heitage articles can be found on the grounds of Zenkoji Temple, built some 1400 years ago.

240 min.


Soba Buckwheat Noodles

Soba Buckwheat Noodles

Nagano's major temperature changes provide the conditions necessary for growing excellent buckwheat. The prefecture is dotted with buckwheat noodle restaurants and famous buckwheat production areas. At some of these places you can even make and eat your own noodles.  

60 min.


Soba Buckwheat Noodles

Snow Monkeys / Jigokudani Yaen-koen

Snow Monkeys / Jigokudani Yaen-koen

As the only place in the world where wild monkeys bathe in hot springs, Jigokudani Yaen-koen, or the Snow Monkey Park, continues to fascinate tourists from around the world.

160 min.



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