Live Long, Live Well in Northern Nagano
Nagano Prefecture, surrounded by beautiful nature, has some of the longest life expectancies in all of Japan. What's behind this? Daniel Moore, an American tour guide living in Nagano, explores his adopted turf to discover the secrets to longevity in one of the country's snowiest regions.

Nozawa Onsen

This hot spring spa village, which dates back to the 8th century, has 13 public baths. All are free of charge.

Jigokudani Wild Snow Monkey Park

This ecological observation park opened in 1964 for the purpose of observing the lives of Japanese macaques in their natural habitat.

Togakushi Shrine

This shrine, with a roughly 2000-year-old history, looks over the area around Mt. Togakushi. The pilgrimage path leading up to the main building is lined with 400-year-old cedar trees.


From Tokyo to Northern Nagano, it is 1 hour and 40 minutes on the Hokuriku Shinkansen, or a 3.5-hour drive.