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Japan's Ryokan Hotels

Tetsuya Miura The <em>ryokan's</em> new front entrance.

Photo: Tetsuya Miura

Before 1988, this sleepy city in the foothills of the Japanese Alps was known chiefly for its seventh-century temple, Zenko-ji. Nagano was three hours by train from Tokyo, so visitors curled up for the night on futons in centuries-old ryokan, then rose to see the temple, ski in the surrounding mountains, and soak in one of the nearby onsen, or hot springs. Then came the Winter Olympics, the bullet train—and day trips. Read the article

Destinations: Japan · Kyoto · Nagano

Inspired by: Rethinking Japan’ <em>Ryokan</em> — by Alan Brown, Published May. 2007

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    Zawacc Caffé

    Bright, airy coffee house overlooking the Zenko-ji temple.


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    Seventh-century Buddhist temple that has long been a magnet for travelers; a prayer chamber is open to visitors.

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    Two high-tech skating rinks, plus a museum with artifacts from the 1998 Winter Olympic Games, which were held in the city.


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