Most tourists visit Nagano in winter, as well as during major religious holidays. Hotel rooms should be booked in advance for such periods.
The best option for active tourists would be a hotel located near the train station. If you choose one, the main part of popular attractions will be within walking distance.
The city has a lot of traditional "ryokan" hotels. The design of rooms may be different from those in classic hotels. In some rooms, instead of regular beds, there are only mattresses on the floor.
The city can offer many restaurants of various profiles. Regional restaurants are distinguished by the most attractive prices. Restaurants located in and around hotels are the most expensive.
Active tourists will have the opportunity to take a tour to Tokyo. Nagano and Tokyo are linked by railway. High-speed trains run between the cities.