KOSHINETSU region consists of 3 prefectures, Nagano, Yamanashi and Niigata prefecture.
Nagano prefecture well known as the "Roof of Japan" is a wonderful place to visit for lots of beautiful mountains, cultural history and its cuisine. Nagano, the prefectural capital and host of Olympic games held in 1998, is home of Zenkoji which over 4 million worshippers visit annually is worthy of visiting definitely. Apart from those, many popular mountain and ski resorts such as Hakuba, Azumino, Karuizawa, Shigakogen, Madarao and so on is well known. Karuizawa loved very much by John Lennon is picturesque resort town and located beneath of Mt. Asama. With 1 hour access from Tokyo to Karuizawa by Shinkansen, hotels, restaurants, shops, golf courses and outlet shopping mall, especially summer vacation periods, many tourists visits.
Yamanashi prefecture is located to the west of Tokyo and to the south of Nagano. If you plan to see Mt. Fuji while playing golf, it is one of the best option to visit Fuji five lakes area in Yamanashi. Of all iconic images, Mt Fuji is could be seen from the most of golf courses, a number of parkland and hilly golf courses built dense forests, hills and mountains.
Niigata prefectures well known for the best rice and sake production in Japan is located to north of Nagano facing to Japan sea. There are many popular ski resorts and onsen such as Naeba, Yuzawa, Myoko and so on.