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Getting Lucky in Nagano: Visiting The Seven Gods of Good Fortune

In Japanese mythology, there are Seven Gods of Luck (Shichi-fuku-jin) who are believed to offer good fortune in return for your prayers. Traditionally, these beloved figures are enshrined at temples and shrines across the country, but they're often seen throughout pop culture,...

Zenkoji Temple, The Heart and Soul of Nagano City

Japan, like many other countries, has its own indigenous nature-based religion: Shinto. These prehistoric practices involve worshipping the kami who inhabit trees, waterfalls, mountains, objects and even ancestors. While Shinto served Japan well for a very long...

Things To Do (And Eat) in Nagano City

The main hall of Zenkoji Temple As a mountainous prefecture dotted with small towns, an internet search for “things to do in Nagano” can bring up quite a geographical spread. And with ski resorts, onsen towns, historic districts...