Nagano Station is a hub station in Nagano City which is the capital of Nagano Prefecture. The Hokuriku Shinkansen, the Shin'etsu Main Line, the Kita-Shinano Line and Nagano Line are available. Nagano Station is also known for the beautiful night view of Zenko-ji temple's main gate and is visited by many tourists on their way to go sightseeing in Nagano Prefecture.
Although there are many railways available at Nagano Station, it is ideal to use a rental car if you are planning to go sightseeing. There are car rental service offices in various locations including on the left of the Zenkoji Exit and also near the East Exit.
The closest interchange to Nagano Station is Nagano IC or the Suzaka Nagano Higashi IC. Zenko-ji temple, Joyama Park and the Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum are about 10 minutes from Nagano Station via Nagano Odori road. Togakushi Ski Area is popular for its snow quality also known as the Magical powder snow. The Togakushi Ski Area is about 46 minutes via the Togakushi Bird Line (toll road) and prefectural road 36.