Nagano

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The site of the 1998 Winter Olympics, Nagano still attracts plenty of visitors who want to hit its magnificent slopes every winter.

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One of the enduring images of the Nagano Winter Olympics had nothing to do with the athletes at the games, but were the charming snow monkeys taking dips in the onsen, or hot springs, in a protected park area people still visit today.

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Like Nikko, Nagano has been at the center of Shinto and Buddhist mountain worship for centuries and boasts numerous important shrines and beautiful fall colors throughout its surrounding countryside.