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  • Jigokudani Yaen-koen
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    4.5
    2603 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Shimotakaigunyamanouchimachi Hirao 6845
    This is a park where you can watch bathing monkeys in a hot spring and it is also popular with foreign tourists as a place to see “snow monkeys”. All the monkeys in the park are wild and enter the hot spring in order to be able to endure the cold temperatures of the severe winters which can reach minus 10°C. The park is located in the valley of Yokoyu River which brims with rustic beauty, and is located 30 minutes by foot from the free parking lot at Kanbayashi hot spring.

    Took a long long hike to reach the smallish man made pool. Take your time to observe the monkeys while their antics amuses you. The only regret is that the snow came in late this year.

  • Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort
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    4.5
    713 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Shimotakaigunnozawaonsenmura Toyosato 7653
    One of Japan’s foremost ski and snowboarding resorts offering elevation differences reaching 1085 meters. The resort is popular for its wide array of courses enjoyable from beginners to experts. The resort also has a wide and gentle slope for children as well as a kids’ park for young ones to play in the snow making it a great destination for families as well. Another attractive point is the resort’s moving walkway which extends from the hot spring district directly to the slopes.

    Childcare service available, 1 carers to 5/6 kids. Awesome kids snow park with loads of fun that my 5 yo enjoyed.

  • Biyunoyado
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    4.5
    516 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nagano Prefecture Shimotakai gun Yamanouchi cho Yudanaka
    A hot spring hotel with a 100% natural hot spring large public bath and outdoor baths include a private outdoor bath reservable for an extra fee. The hotel has Japanese and Western-style rooms and a full array of amenities. Guests can also enjoy a Japanese taiko drumming show in the lobby and eat kaiseki course cuisine in the hotel restaurant.

    The staff here are incredible and everyone is so welcoming to solo travelers. Spring for the room with the private onsen- there is nothing better than soaking in the cool weather watching the sun set...

  • Hokusai-kan
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    4.0
    212 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Kamitakaigunobusemachi Obuse 485
    This museum was built to commemorate famed artist Katsushika Hokusai, who stayed in Obuse several times from the age of 83 and left several works behind there. The museum displays hanging scrolls and hand-painted pictures by Hokusai as well as videos which present the history of the artist. The main exhibition room contains two festival floats whose ceilings were painted with Hokusai's Surging Waves and Dragon and Chinese Phoenix. A 12-minute walk from Obuse Station.

    It was 1000 yen to get in but was cash only, no cards. Watch the movie, it was very informative and made me interested in the museum across the street (which I previously had no interest in) but I...

  • Nozawa Onsen Soto-yu Meguri
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    4.5
    131 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nagano Shimotakai-gun Nozawaonsenmura Toyosato
    "25 minutes from the Toyota-Iiyama Interchange on the Joshin-Etsu Expressway. The sotoyu are 13 public baths in the Nozawa Onsen hot spring district which have been maintained since the Edo period under the Yunakama system. Dotting the district, each bathhouse is only a few minutes' walk from the next, and visitors can enjoy visiting each to experience their unique qualities. The baths of the Oyu and all the public bathhouses are constantly replenished ""kakenagashi"" style exclusively from a natural source spring. A statue depicting the Bhaisajyaguru triad is enshrined in the Oyu, and statues of the 12 divine Buddhist generals are enshrined in the other 12 bathhouses. Entry to all the bathhouses is free, though visitors are welcome to put a gratuity in the donation box."

    Not many places in the world you can enjoy a day of skiing then lower your self into some free village hot springs to soak away the pains and aches. These are the real deal, hot, basic, old bath...

  • Obusedo Honten Restaurant
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    4.0
    137 Reviews
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    Nagano Pref. Kamitakaigunobusemachi Obuse 808
    A long-established chestnut confectionery store located in Obuse Town, Kamitakai County, Nagano Prefecture. The classy cake shop sells all sorts of treats made with chestnuts such as Kuri Kanoko and Kuri Mushi packed with chestnut jam made only with whole chestnuts and sugar. The moist Kuri Kanoko cake is also popular. At the back of the shop is a restaurant where, as well as sweets such as raw chestnut cake, you can taste Japanese-style meals using local traditional vegetables and seasonal ingredients.

    12月の閉店間際に訪れました。 店内の喫茶には入れなかったので、お土産に栗鹿の子を購入 時期的に正月用の大き目の缶に入っており、装飾もきらびやか。 もちろん味も大粒の栗が入ってます。 他の店の栗菓子が食べられなくなりそうです。 I bought canned food for osechi cuisine (Osechi is for New Year) This is in a big...

  • Ganshoin
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    4.0
    131 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Kamitakaigunobusemachi Karida 604
    The Buddha is the principal object of worship here at this Soto sect temple in Obuse Town, Kamitakai County, Nagano Prefecture. Ogino Bingo no Kami Jorin, Lord of Karida Castle, laid the foundation stone in 1472, and the Zen priest Futaku Genkei founded the temple. On the ceiling of the main hall you can see the 21 tatami mat sized painting “The Great Ho-O”, painted by Katsuhika Hokusai. As well as this impressive painting there are many other places of interest such as the mausoleum of Fukushima Masanori, a Japanese daimyo of the late Sengoku period, and the pond with inscription where Kobayashi Issa composed his well-known haiku “Thin little frog, Don’t give in, Issa is here”.

    Beautiful Sakura with temple in the background. The taxi ride is about 5-10 min or 30 walk from Obuse train station.

  • Chikufudo Obuse Main Store
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    4.0
    121 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    973 Obuse-cho, Kamakitai-gun, Nagano Prefecture
    This famous Japanese confection shop uses Japanese chestnuts, a local Obuse specialty, in place of the more common sweet red bean paste. The shop on the first floor sells delicious sweets such as kuri yokan (chestnut jelly blocks), kuri dorayaki (sponge cake with chestnut paste), and kuri kanoko (chestnut paste with molasses). In the second floor restaurant, diners can enjoy fresh-made sweets, rice with chestnuts, and traditional Shinshu (Nagano) cuisine. The restaurant’s parking lot is free for customers for the first two hours.

    Recommended by a Japanese friend, I stop by mid afternoon for desserts. Known for its chestnut creations (both savoury lunch and desserts), I went for the dessert. Zenzai is a traditional Japanese...

  • Shiga Highlands
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    4.5
    68 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Kogen in Shimokitai-gun Nagano-machi, Nagano Prefecture
    Located at an altitude of over 1,000 meters, the Shiga Highlands occupy the bulk of the central area of Joshin’etsu-kogen National Park. This resort area features lakes, marshes, and bogs of all sizes, and you can enjoy physical activities such as trekking in summer and skiing in winter. The rich natural scenery is intimately intertwined with people’s lives, and in fact, this area has been designated a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.

    If you go to Japan before November and would like to see autumn leaves, this is the place. Great lake, great water fall, great mountain. Easy access by bus. Easy access from Shibu onsen where we...

  • Roadside Station Oasis Obuse
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    4.0
    89 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Kamitakaigunobusemachi Ojima 601
    A roadside station situated long Prefectural Route 343 in Ojima, Obuse Town, Kamitakai County. The station sells Nagano specialty products like local liquors as well as sweets and kuri okowa chestnut rice made with renowned Obuse chestnuts. The station's restaurant serves kuri okowa and other dishes made with local ingredients. You can also enjoy soft serve ice cream and chestnut sweets. The station adjoins Obuse Park and a farmer's market.

    Close to the city. It’s has a great park with many attractions. Many things to do. Nice gardens and lagoons. Also food available and seasonal fruits to shop. Wi-Fi in main entrance for free. Good to...

  • Tangram Ski Circus
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    3.5
    78 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Kamiminochi-gun Shinanomachi Furumi 3575-8
    About 20 minutes from Shinanomachi Interchange on the Joshinetsu Expressway. A ski resort in northern Nagano Prefecture with a hotel immediately accessible from the slopes. Located on the north-northwest flank of Mt. Madarao, you can get a panoramic view of the Five Peaks of Northern Nagano and Lake Nojiri from the slopes with their high-quality natural snow. Their popular Tree Run Course has incredible powder and there's a thrilling ungroomed run where you must avoid trees and other natural features. There are also ample indoor activities like bouldering and swimming in their indoor pool.

    So everybody goes to madarao and rides their gladed tree runs etc and perhaps ... if they have time ... they might quickly do a few runs over at the interlinked tangram. Well I’m here to tell you...

  • Japanese Restaurant Kurabu
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    4.0
    61 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Kamitakai-gun Obusemachi Obuse 807
    A Japanese restaurant which serves local regional cuisine. The restaurant serves a variety of dishes made with local ingredients, including char and other river fish; Nagano meats; and fresh vegetables, mushrooms, and beans from local farms. Offering colorful lunch combos, char takikomi gohan rice made with a real kama stove, kama stove-cooked white rice, and more, is the reason why this establishment is so popular is because its food enables the diner to enjoy the innate flavors of the ingredients used. The restaurant takes particular pride in its Shinshu Daio Iwana char grown in the pure rivers of Sakuho Town; many people love its delicate flavor. The restaurant's wines and renowned Nagano liquors such as Masuichi sake are also exceptional.

    What an awesome restaurant. Great sale, great service and really quick. Awesome food too. Great little town to wander around and taste the local foods on offer.

  • Maguse Hot Spring Bokyo no Yu
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    4.0
    53 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nagano Pref. Shimotakaigunkijimadairamura Ougou 5567-1
    This hot spring facility is inside the “Maguse Hot Spring Park” in Ogo, Kijimadaira Village. Both the open-air bath that sits among the mountains and the Hinoki indoor bath offer a great view of the Northern Alps (Hida Mountains), not to mention the beauty of the various seasons. The facility also features a dining hall, a rest area, a shop, and lodgings without meals (short rests also allowed), so you can take multiple dips in the hot springs if you wish.

    The Maguse Onsen was well worth the experience as were the Soba noodles at their cafe. The downside is if one does not have a vehicle you will be taken advantage of by the taxi service which charges...

  • Mayumi Takahashi Museum of Doll Art
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    4.5
    51 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Iyamashi Iyama 2941-1
    This art museum which opened in 2010 displays 100 works of Iiyama City resident doll maker Mayumi Takahashi. It is a popular spot where visitors can enjoy recalling their hometowns, the expressions of the grandma and grandpa dolls—looking like they are about to chatter—bringing back nostalgic memories. On weekends and holidays there is often a queue to get inside. The dolls on display are changed around twice a year. The nearest station is Kita-Iiyama Station.

    It was a great time for me to have a chance to visit this museum in march 2014! Lots of elaborate dolls are exhibited with the nice lighting. I could see the exhibition inside the museum consist of...

  • Ethnic Restaurant Kamoshika
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    4.5
    48 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Shimotakai-gun Yamanouchimachi Shigakogen Ichinose Hotel Japan Shiga 1F
    A restaurant located on the first floor of Hotel Japan Shiga a 40-minute drive from the Shinshu-Nakano Interchange on the Joshin-Etsu Expressway. Adorned with wood and stone engendering a relaxing atmosphere, here diners can enjoy authentic cuisine prepared by a Nepalese chef. Particularly popular is the restaurant's homemade curry crafted with choice spices and designed to bring out the innate flavors of the ingredients used. Order the lunchtime Nepalese curry buffet and you can enjoy all-you-can-eat authentic curries, fresh baked nan, rice, and salad.

    Always tasty, good option in shiga kogen when you want something different. We came here 1 year ago and it is still as good. Reasonably priced, quick and tasty.

  • Roadside Station Kitashinshu Yamanouchi
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    3.5
    54 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Shimotakaigunyamanouchimachi Sano 393-2
    "A roadside station standing along National Route 292 in Sano, Yamanochi Town, Shimotakai County. The station sells original products like sabatake, a local dish consisting of bamboo shoots and mackerel stewed with miso; and ""Kakure Soba,"" a soba shochu made with select local ingredients. You can also buy local specialty products and farm-fresh produce here. In addition, the station's restaurant serves homemade soba noodles crafted with local buckwheat flour, ramen, and curry."

    Stop over at this stop after visiting the snow monkey park and driving back to nagano. They sell cooked food here and theres a shopping area where one can find some local souvenirs. Theres one...

  • Sake Storehouse Art Museum Gallery Tamamura Honten
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    4.0
    50 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Shimotakaigunyamanouchimachi Hirao 1163
    Sake Storehouse Art Museum Gallery Tamamura Honten, which provides free sake tasting and tasting for two types of beer for a fee, is an art gallery in a brewery that was partly renovated 150 years ago. The exhibits feature a collection of paintings created over generations by the Sato family that runs the brewery. The works of Shinsui Ito, Heihachiro Fukuda, Kayo Yamaguchi, and Shoko Uemura are the main features. It’s about 30 minutes by car from the Suzaka Nagano Higashi Interchange on the Joshin-Etsu Expressway.

    Tamamura Honten Brewery is located in Yamanouchi and this location is very close to the Snow Monkey Park - you can combine both visits as they are rather close to each other. The brewery is in the...

  • Takai Kozan Memorial Hall
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    4.0
    48 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Kamitakaigunobusemachi Obuse 805-1
    This museum commemorates Takai Kozan, a first-rate person of culture and pupil of Katsushika Hokusai who was Obuse Town's wealthiest merchant. The museum, which displays a large number of exhibits including works of calligraphy and art by Kozan, retains the vestiges of the era in which he lived. Yuzenro, the two-story wooden building that served as Takai Kozan's study and salon, is located on the grounds of the museum and open to visitors. It is located a short walk from the gallery, which features a large collection of works by Hokusai.

    Kozan Takai was the patron of Hokusai largely responsible for Hokusai spending his last years in Obuse. At the other end of Chestnut Lane to the Hokusai museum in the delightful town of Obuse, it...

  • Anakannon no Yu
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    4.0
    36 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nagano Pref. Kamitakaigunobusemachi Karida 1194
    This day-trip hot spring facility is located about ten minutes away by shuttle bus from Obuse Station on the Nagano Electric Railway. A natural hot spring with water flowing directly from the source, you can look out on the Obuse cityscape and the mountains of the Alps. In addition, there are also towels in the shop, so you can use the facilities without bringing anything. Coupon books are available for purchase, and the facilities are used by many local residents and people coming to see Anakannon.

    This town has the museum for the artist Hokusai, (the wave). Many funs shops as well as two brewery to taste sake. They say the best rice is grown here, so enjoy the restaruants there too.

  • Lake Nojiri Naumann Elephant Museum
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    3.5
    42 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Kamiminochigunshinanomachi Nojiri 287-5
    A museum located in Shinano Town, Kamiminochi County, Nagano Prefecture. The museum exhibits materials relating to the natural environment in the Lake Nojiri area from pre-history up to today, with a focus on items discovered through the excavations of the lake which have been ongoing since 1962. The highlights of the museum are its life-sized replicas of a fossilized Naumann’s elephant and a giant Japanese elk skeleton. The museum also has an abundant collection of bone and stone tools, and even an exhibit where visitors can touch real fossils. The museum holds mini workshops and special events as well, such as a short class on stone tool-making.

    Cute museum. Almost everything is in Japanese. A nice place to kill time (1 hr) on a rainy day. Some good exhibits.

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Nagano prefecture is an exciting mix of mountains, hot spring monkeys, and preserved Edo history. At the heart of the Japanese Alps, Nagano is one of the country’s most popular destinations, whether in winter for its snow sports and the much-loved Jigokudani Monkey Park or in the warmer months for discovering the undulating hills on foot. For fantastic Edo architecture, head to the Kiso Valley for a 60-kilometer stretch of quaint wooden buildings that marked the Nakasendo route 200 years ago.

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