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Photo: Nara City Sightseeing Information Center, Kofuku-ji Temple
Photo taken by Tatehiko Yano
Nagano Prefecture

Head of Prefectural Government

Mr. Shuichi Abe, Governor
Assumed governorship of Nagano Prefecture (fourth term) in September 2010



Nagano pref seal


13,561.56 km² (2023)
4th largest of 47 prefectures


2,000,991 (as of January 2024)
Men:979,129 Women: 1,021,862



Nominal: 8.2141 trillion JPY (FY 2020)
Real: 8.1666 trillion JPY (FY 2020)


Nagano City

Geographic features

Surrounded by mountains reaching 3,000 meters in height, Nagano Prefecture is called the rooftop of Japan. Nagano is landlocked and borders eight other prefectures.
Eight of Japan’s water systems originate in Nagano. These rivers divide the flatlands of Nagano into six regions.

Main industries

Manufacturing (information and communication apparatus, electronic components and devices, production machinery, etc.) and tourism



Prefectural tree: white birch
Prefectural flower: Japanese gentian
Prefectural bird: rock ptarmigan
Prefectural animal: Japanese serow

Number of visitors


Administrative divisions

Nagano Prefecture --- 19 cities, 23 towns, 35 villages

Official website

Sources: Official website of Nagano Prefecture, Statistical Reports on the Land Area by Prefectures and Municipalities in Japan (Geospatial Information Authority of Japan), Monthly Report on Vital Statistics of Nagano Prefecture, FY 2020 Report on Nagano Prefecture Economic Accounts, FY 2022 Inbound Tourism Statistics for Nagano Prefecture (based on the Japan Tourism Agency’s Common Standards for Inbound Tourism Statistics) 

(As of March, 2024)