Nagano, the fourth largest prefecture in Japan, occupies the heart of Central Japan. It houses various tourist attractions from rich nature to traditional cultures. Nagano is known for the Japan Alps mountainous region, and Kamikochi is a popular hiking area in the region especially in summer. Hakuba consisting the best ski resorts in Japan with powder snow is visited by skiers and snowboarders from all over the world in winter. You can enjoy one of the national tradition onsen in Nagano with unique scenery. Some of the onsen spots accept wild monkeys soaking up, which are known as Snow Monkeys. Matsumoto Castle, built in 1504, is one of the most valuable heritages in Japan representing the history of the country.