Suwa’s fireworks display, held in mid-August every year, is hailed as one of the largest displays in all of Japan.. Begun after World War II, this event was started to in the hopes of lightning peoples spirits after the end of the war.
During the midsummer months (Opening period: July 13th), the main Nagasaka gondola is open, taking you up to about 1,500m, high above the Chikuma valley. Not only is this a pleasant ride into the cool of the mountains, but it leads to great hiking trails, picnicking spots… and the start of some amazing downhill mountain biking trails!
Downhill mountain biking is the sport of choice in the summer for the winter sports-crazy locals in Nozawa. One of t