We have lived in Nagano about 11 years now.
In all that time we've done very little tourist stuff. That's what happens when you buy a fixer-upper within months of arriving then get into farming.
Anyway, there's a great place called Utsukushigahara-kogen or 'beautiful highland plain' only an hour and a half from us and as it was a beautifully sunny day we decided to take mum and dad up there to enjoy the autumn leaves and the view and the break from all the gardening and farming!
As the sign says it's 2000m above sealevel.
We lucked out with the weather and it was a beautiful sunny crisp and clear autumn day with just enough cloud to add dramatic effect to our pictures.
It was also FREEZING COLD!!
So cold that there weren't even any autumn leaves left up there, they were all done and dusted and there was ice on the decks and stairs around the lookout building instead. Brrrr! The car thermostat was showing that it was 7 degrees but that doesn't take into account wind chill factor. Despite knowing that we were going into the mountains we woefully underdressed and ended up with tingly ears and fingers.
There is a great outdoor sculpture museum up there and we spent a couple hours walking around trying to guess what the title of the sculpture would be before we got there. The sculptures ranged from abstract to very lifelike and in all kinds of mediums so even non-arty people like us could enjoy it!
Amy in K's jacket as she was only wearing a shirt. She doesn't look too cold though really... maybe it wasn't that cold afterall?
No. Trust me. It was FREEZING!