Iiyama is a city in Nagano.
Iiyama (飯山市 Iiyama-shi) is a city located in Nagano, Japan. It markets itself as "Japan's Hometown". It is also known as 小京都 （Sho-Kyoto, little Kyoto) for its many traditional temples.
The closest airport serving Iiyama City is Matsumoto Airport (sometimes known as Shinshu-Matsumoto Airport), located just southwest of Matsumoto City.
From Matsumoto, you can easily take a JR train to Nagano City, or take a kousoku(highway) bus to just outside the Nagano Station. From the Nagano City station, Iiyama City is easily accessible via the JR飯山線 (Iiyama line).
Iiyama can be easily accessed via the JR 飯山線(Iiyama line) from Nagano City. The trip takes about 50 minutes, with trains leaving Nagano City approximately every hour and a half (more frequently during peak commuting hours). The Hachisu, Iiyama, and Kita-Iiyama stops are all within Iiyama city limits, although the Iiyama stop is closest to most tourist attractions.
The Nanohana (菜の花) bus runs year round, making stops at tourist destinations around the city. The bus makes continuous loops of the city, beginning the first of its six daily tours at 8:35, and ending at 3:25.
Most sites in Iiyama are easily accessible by car, and parking is generally easily available. Particularly in northern Iiyama, the roads become fairly narrow, so only those with experience driving in Japan should attempt to navigate them.
Some of Iiyama's best restaurants are tiny, tucked into side streets off the beaten path. Walking around the southern end of the city, you will encounter dozens of delicious restaurants, which sell everything from pastries to afternoon tea and snacks.
Several restaurants near the station boast particularly delicious fare. Okonomiyakiya/Sukemen/
Patisserie Hirano(ヒラノパティスリー),located only a 10 minute walk from the Iiyama station, draws customers from all around Nagano and the surrounding prefectures with its delicious assortment of cakes, pastries, and other rich desserts.