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Introduction to Nagano Prefecture > History > Major Events in Nagano Prefecture

Updated:June 25, 2014

Major Events in Nagano Prefecture

Year Event
30,000 years ago People hunt Naumann elephants around Lake Nojiri.
12,000 years ago As the climate warms, the present Japanese archipelago is formed. People make earthen vessels and live by hunting and gathering food. 
5,000 years ago Large settlements are built around the foot of Mt. Yatsugatake.
2,300 years ago Rice cultivation and metal implements are introduced and the Yayoi Culture spreads.
4th century Burial mounds including those of Koboyamakofun in Matsumoto City and General Mori in Koshoku City are built.
665 Wooden tablets dating from this year have been discovered at historic sites in Yashiro, Koshoku City.
704 Shinano becomes the official name of the province and the first provincial of the is made.
721 Shinano province is divided, creating Suwa province. The two provinces merge again ten years later.
938 Taira Masakado fights near Shinano Kokubunji.
1180 Kiso Yoshinaka (Minamoto) raises an army in cooperation with Minamoto Yoritomo.
1279 Ippen, a holy priest, visits Zenkoji Temple by way of Saku Tomonosho.
1333 The Kamakura Shogunate falls. Hojo Kamejyumaru (Tokiyuki) flees to Suwa in an attempt to re-establish his rule.
1400 Protector Ogasawara Nagahide is defeated in the battle of Daito by powerful clans from the northern Shinano regions.
1561 Uesugi Kenshin and Takeda Shingen fight at Kawanaka-jima for the fourth time.
1592 Ishikawa Kazumasa and his son start to build Matsumoto Castle around this time.
1600 Tokugawa Hidetaka's army attacks Sanada at Ueda Castle on his way to the battle of Sekigahara.
1761 Peasants under the rule of the Lord of Ueda stage a massive revolt (the Horeki uprising.)
1864 Sakuma Zozan, a Matsushiro clansman, is assassinated in Kyoto.
1876 Chikuma and Nagano merge to form Nagano Prefecture.
1919 Liberal education movements flourish around this time.
1945 The Second World War ends and post-war reform begins.
1947 The Japanese Constitution is implemented.
1963 The Matsumoto and Suwa regions are designated as new industrial areas.
1991 Nagano is chosen as the host city for the 1998 Olympic Winter Games.
1993 Shinshu Expo is held.

The high speed transportation network is remarkably improved , with the opening of the Hokuriku Super Express system and the completion of the Expressways.

1998 The Nagano Olympic and Paralympic Games are held.