Shiojiri City is located in the approximate center of Nagano Prefecture, at the southern end of the Matsumoto basin. Since ancient times it, has been an important junction on the transport routes linking the Sea of Japan to the Pacific Ocean. The post town of Narai-juku is a popular place to visit, where buildings hundreds of years old still line the ancient highway. Now, a major rail line passes through and the town's station has become a major rail junction.
Historically, this place was once called "Narai of a Thousand Houses" which provided a welcome rest spot for travelers moving along the difficult road through the mountains. The townscape, designated a national important historic building preservation district, offers a glimpse into Japan's nostalgic past. Nearby Shiojiri offers excellent local wines and other regional delicacies.
Located in the eastern part of the city, these highlands spread over a gently sloping plateau at an altitude of 1,665 m. 360-degree views from the summit make for a great location to enjoy scenes of the Northern Alps, Lake Suwa, the Southern Alps, and even Mt. Fuji. A wide variety of alpine plants can also be seen.
Surrounded by the peaks of the Japan Alps, and under clear blue skies, aromatic vineyards spread before you. Ten wineries are dotted here and there across this district, known as the "Kikyogahara Wine Valley". It was here, with the grapes of the Shiojiri Kikyogahara Wine district, that Japan's first globally respected wines were produced. A 120-year history of grape cultivation is striving to further improve the quality of Japanese wine.
|Hida - R158 (2 hrs 10 min) - Shiojiri|
|Toyama - Hokuriku Shinkansen & JR Shinonoi Line (via Nagano) 2 hrs 40 min - Shiojiri|
|Toyama - R371 (3 hrs 10 min) - Shiojiri|
|Matsumoto - JR Shinonoi Line (16 min) - Shiojiri|
|Matsumoto - R63 (35 min) - Shiojiri|
|Hotaka JR Oito Line (1 hr) - Matsumoto - JR Shinonoi Line - Shiojiri|
|Hotaka - Nagano Expy (30 min) - Shiojiri|
|Shinano Omachi - JR Oito Line (1 hr 20 min) - Shiojiri|
|Shinano Omachi - Nagano Expy and R306 (1 hr) - Shiojiri|
|Takayama - R158 (1 hr 50 min) - Shiojiri|