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Suwa

Trip Planner Asia  /  Japan  /  Chubu  /  Nagano Prefecture  /  Suwa
(3.4/5 based on 1,000+ reviews for top 20 attractions)
Things to do: religious sites, museums, sightseeing
A city on the shores of an eponymous lake, Suwa offers natural attractions, like hot springs, as well as cultural events. Many holidays in Suwa center around its celebrated traditional Japanese guesthouses with onsens, and it has also enjoyed a bit of celebrity more recently as the setting for the novel "Autobiography of a Geisha." During your Suwa vacation, you might be lucky enough to catch a Shinto festival or fireworks display. Otherwise, you'll have plenty of entertainment in the form of hiking, biking, swimming, and sightseeing. Add Suwa and other destinations in Japan to your travel plans using our Japan tour planner.
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Where to stay in Suwa

As the city of Suwa is famous for its ryokans--traditional Japanese guesthouses built at hot springs--most tourists opt to stay in one of these. Also known as onsen hotels, the establishments offer guests access to swim in the region's healing waters. If you're traveling on a budget, you should consider a homestay, basic hotel, or camping on the west side of the lake.
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