Iiyama is a region located in the northwestern part of Nagano prefecture. It includes the cities of Iiyama and Nakano and the county of Shimotakai.
In Iiyama, a popular tourist spot is Jigokudani Yaen-Koen (Monkey Park), where you can see the monkeys warm themselves in the hot springs. People come to visit from around the world. However, please understand that monkeys and humans cannot take a bath together. For people who want to enjoy hot springs, we recommend Nozawa Onsen and Shibu Onsen. Besides that, Shiga Kogen is a popular ski resort for outdoor lovers.
It is convenient to have a car for getting around in this region. You can get here from major cities by bullet train and express bus. From Tokyo to Iiyama Station, it takes 1 hour and 40 minutes on the Hokuriku bullet train.