The capital city of the prefecture of the same name sitting in the Chubu region of Japan, Nagano has hosted winter Olympics and Paralympics plus it's home to the annual Nagano Olympic Commemorative Marathon. This is a city for the sports minded soul, as it's surrounded by mountains giving plenty of opportunities for stretching your legs in the wild by hiking, camping or cycling its landscape. Home to a whopping 375,234 people living in a rich cultural enclave where coworking venues are the latest addition for its intrepid and innovative residents, Nagano's history goes back to 642AD.
For those not into playing snow bunnies there is plenty to see in the town with its pilgrimage destination, the Zenkō-ji Buddhist temple plus plenty of castles and shrines and a monkey park that is famous for its wild Japanese macaque population that likes to partake of a bath in the hot springs.
Japan has a growing startup scene where many have the privilege of being able to stay private for a long time with sizable rounds of funding generating growth, rather than having to go public too soon and coming unstuck in an attempt to please shareholders. Japanese startups tend to focus on the domestic market due to the language barrier, which is actually the world's 3rd biggest market. Foreign competitors have trouble attempting to infiltrate the Japanese market, as it's relatively closed off to outsiders. Coworking venues are awash in local innovative tech gurus who collaborate and connect by the day and indulge in a little bit of sake at night.
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