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Summer season in Nagano: Water Adventures

Throughout summer season, city areas sizzle with warmth, which is sufficient of a motive to move to the mountains the place temperatures are milder. Among the finest prefectures for mountains is Nagano. Temperatures are a bit decrease and you may settle down much more with the quite a few water actions that the prefecture provides.

Nagano has roaring rivers and quaint mountain lakes. Relying on the realm, the chances embrace boat excursions, paddle boating, stand-up-paddle boating (SUP), kayaking, canoeing and rafting. Or you may simply swim and chill out. There’s a water exercise in Nagano for everybody to chill off from the blazing summer season warmth.

Kayaking on Lake Suwa. Photograph courtesy of the Suwa Metropolis Corridor.

Lake Suwa

Lake Suwa is Nagano’s largest lake and it holds a particular place in native tradition with many legends originating from it. In summer season, individuals utilizing sailboats and jet skis in addition to windsurfers make use of the lake and within the early morning hours, highschool youngsters within the rowing membership observe diligently on the lake.

For many who wish to get pleasure from water with out getting moist, Lake Suwa boat excursions are good. Suwako Yuransen leaves from the principle pier and has signature boats formed like swans. Sadly, as a result of Covid-19, these boats are out of service and individuals are driving extra spacious boats in the meanwhile.

For a extra in-depth tour of the lake, an amphibious car referred to as the Duck Tour departs from the Glass no Sato Museum and drives across the city earlier than it plunges into the water for a tour of the lake. A 3rd possibility is to command your personal little swan paddle boat. Lake Suwa is the place swans from Siberia migrated to within the winter, so that they have turn into a logo of the lake. As much as three individuals can experience within the boat and you’re free to go wherever on the lake. These boats are solely accessible on weekends.

If a little bit of splashing from water isn’t any downside, the easiest way to work together with the lake is a few kayaking. For 2 hours and a value of 5,000 skilled guides takes individuals out in kayaks. Individuals put on life preservers and the guides give fast directions earlier than heading out into the lake. As soon as on the lake, the information takes individuals to see a statue within the lake of a historic artist who wrote about Lake Suwa. The information additionally takes the vacationer to Lake Suwa’s solely island referred to as Hatsushima. Language boundaries may be an issue, so please contact the tour suppliers to test for that.

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Himekawa River


In central Nagano, Hakuba was one of many venues for the 1998 Winter Olympics. In consequence, it is a in style ski resort, however in the summertime, it turns right into a haven for every kind of outside sports activities, together with many water sports activities. Due to the mountains, rivers run wild in Hakuba. The Himekawa and Saigawa rivers are amongst among the finest locations within the prefecture for rafting. The rivers are stuffed with rapids, however nothing too swift, making for fairly an exhilarating experience, however not too harmful. Skilled guides lead the excursions and provides the contributors loads of protecting gear.

Moreover rafting, individuals get pleasure from water sports activities at Lake Aoki close to Hakuba. That is Nagano’s third largest lake and its deepest one. On this calm lake individuals canoe, kayak and SUP. Whereas paddling by way of pristine nature, individuals usually see wildlife, reminiscent of fish and birds. At evening you too can head out on canoes to see the fireflies.

Iiyama Photo courtesy of the local tourism association
Photograph courtesy of the native tourism affiliation of Iiyama


Iiyama in northern Nagano has nice snowboarding in winter and nice water enjoyable in summer season. Surrounding Iiyama is the Shinetsu Shizenkyo Nature Park. This park consists of an space that overlaps into Niigata Prefecture and consists of the Shinetsu Path in addition to the Joshinetsu Kogen Nationwide Park and the Myoko-Togakushi Renzan Nationwide Park. Inside the nature park is Lake Nojiri, the second largest lake in Nagano. It provides water adventures reminiscent of kayaking and SUP. There are additionally many different smaller lakes good for water sports activities.

On this space there may be additionally the Chikuma River, Japan’s longest and widest river. Individuals normally raft in its rapids. You additionally normally have kayaking and canoeing (nonetheless, actions are presently suspended as a result of pandemic). There are numerous excursions that include skilled guides and costs fluctuate relying on the tour and the variety of individuals. You’ll be able to go to the Shinetsu-Shizenkyo Exercise Middle situated on the primary flooring of Iiyama Station to seek out out extra.