The temple lodging by Zenkoji is our Yoga Retreat site. Zenkoji is Nagano’s must-see attraction and is among Japan’s most-visited temples. Zenkoji is the second largest in size after Nara’s Todai-ji. It is surrounded by a bustling religious district and can be reached by following the lively Nakamise Avenue that is lined with temple lodgings, shops and abbey residences.

Matsumoto city is 1 hour away by JR train from Nagano.  Matsumoto is famous for Matsumoto castle, one of five castles designated as ‘National Treasures of Japan’ and the oldest castle donjon remaining in Japan. 

Or you may explore Kanazawa, 1 hour and 15 minutes by the bullet train.  Kanazawa is the biggest city in the Hokuriku region.  The city is surrounded by the Japan Alps, Hakusan National Park and Noto Peninsula National Park.  Since the Kaga Clan invited many artists and craftsmen to this area, it achieved a high level of craftsmanship that continues to flourish to this day.  




There are so many places in Japan that a person could enjoy. Most people I've talked to think of Japan as mysterious and intriguing.  Visiting Japan can be intimidating to those who have not travelled internationally. Japan is uniquely different than western countries.  The language, writing, food, traditions and culture may turn even the most curious away from visiting.  But luckily, knowledge is a powerful tool. A list of links are provided below to help you prepare, relax and enjoy a truly awesome people, culture and country.


•   Japan-guide.com is a good  starting place for answering some of your questions and making your visit pleasant and informed.

•  Japan-rail-pass  or IACE Travel JR Pass to help travel throughout japan by bus, train or Bullet Train (Shinkansen).

•  Dig Japan has helpful information for visitors about traveling in Japan.

Click the link to learn more about Nagano:   https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6000.html

Click the link for more information about Matsumoto castle: https://visitmatsumoto.com/en/