Summary of Nagano Prefecture
Nagano is famous as the site for the 1998 Winter Olympics. This 4th largest prefecture is located in the central region of Japan's mainland and faces 8 prefectures, the largest number among other prefectures. Nagano is surrounded by mountains standing 3000 m above the sea level, and they are called the Japan Alps.
Capital City: Nagano
Population in 2007 (thousands): 2,180
Area in 2007 (square km): 13,562
1000 yen silver coin
(Obverse design: The Japan Alps and Kamikochi in early summer)
500 yen bi-color clad coin
(Obverse design: Zenkoji Temple and Ox (Manifestation of Kannon, Bodhisattva of Mercy))
Zenkoji Temple is a historical and cultural monument representing Nagano. It attracts over 6 million visitors a year from home and abroad. A Japanese proverb says "Led by an ox I go to Zenkoji Temple." It means a person is led to a good situation by chance even though he/she does not act on his/ her own will but act at someone else's invitation.
Coin Sets contain Nagano Coin
1000 yen silver proof coin, "simple version"
1000 yen silver proof with five 80 yen stamps, "deluxe version"
500 yen Bicolor Clad Coin, "Proof Version"
500 yen Bicolor Clad Coin, "Brilliant Uncirculated Version"
500 yen Bicolor Clad Coin with five 80 yen stamps, "Brilliant Uncirculated Version"
500 yen Bicolor Clad Coin 4 Prefectures (Nagano, Niigata, Ibaraki, Nara) Set, "Brilliant Uncirculated Version"