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  • Shiga Highlands
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    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.
  • SORA terrace
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    3.5
    5 Reviews
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    Nagano Pref. Shimotakaigunyamanouchimachi Yomase 11700
    Located in Yamanouchi Town, Shimotakai County, Nagano Prefecture, the world's largest aerial tram with a capacity of 166 passengers will bring you to this terrace. The scenery from an altitude of 1,770 meters is amazing, and when the weather is right, a sea of clouds spreads below, like a scene from a fairy tale. The fresh green of spring and splendid autumn leaves are visible according to the season with the panoramic view.

    とても素敵なカフェ とても寒かったので雲海パイ包みスープを頼みました美味しいです サラダドレッシング美味しいです 霧がすごくて、景色は良くなかった ロープウェイで往復2300チョット高いがいく価値ありです 暖かい時に行くと楽しめて良いです

  • Roadside Station Oasis Obuse
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    4.0
    87 Reviews
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    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...

  • Shibu Pass
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    Yamanouchi cho, Shimokitai-gun, Nagano Prefecture
    The Shibu Pass, spanning between Nagano and Gunma Prefectures boasts a stone marker indicating the highest peak over which a national highway travels; National Route 292 running between Mt. Yokote and Mt. Shirane. The view from the peak can take your breath away. It overlooks the extensive Yoshigadaira Marshlands in which the luscious green of the trees and the wetlands intermingle. At dawn, the sea of clouds, softly glowing from the rays of the sun is a glorious sight to see.
  • Hokusai-kan
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    4.0
    182 Reviews
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    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.

    Kokushika Hokusai was a Japanese painter and an Okinawa artist from the Edo period. Hokusai is known in the West for his series of 36 prints of Mount Fuji, which includes the famous print "The Great...

  • Takai Kozan Memorial Hall
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    3.5
    40 Reviews
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    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.

    Good place to visit to see traditional Japanese home of 18th century (and beyond). Very nice garden as well.

  • Japanese Light Museum
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    3.5
    19 Reviews
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    Nagano Pref. Kamitakaigunobusemachi Obuse 973
    This museum, focusing on Japanese lights and lighting, is located in the center of Obuse Town. Centering around the Kitashinano and Surrounding Area Lamp—Masami Kanebako Lamp Collection, a nationally designated Important Cultural Property, the museum displays a variety of works and crafts connected with lamps, lights, and lighting. The museum also offers a candle-making workshop (advance reservation required).

    北斎館の近くにあるので、寄って見ました。 内容は、決して悪くはありませんが、入場料の割にはいまいちでした・・・

  • Kuri no Komichi
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    Nagano Pref. Kamitakaigunobusemachi Obuse
    Kuri no Komichi is a promenade made from chestnut timber, with trees and chestnuts transplanted from the chestnut field of Obusedo. As Obusedo is a location famous for chestnuts the atmosphere of the road is fittingly nostalgic and just taking a walk there is enjoyable.
  • Mayumi Takahashi Museum of Doll Art
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    4.5
    48 Reviews
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    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...

  • Lake Nojiri
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    Nagano Pref. Kamiminochigunshinanomachi Nojiri
    This is a lake dammed by the lava flow of Mt. Madarao, and because the shape of the lake is similar to a cotton rose flower it is sometimes called Lake Fuyo. From the lake shore one can look out over Mt. Madarao and Mt. Kurohime. Between mid-April and mid-November there are excursion boats along Lake Nojiri, and it is particularly popular among visitors during the autumn when the leaves are changing.
  • Lake Nojiri Naumann Elephant Museum
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    3.5
    39 Reviews
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    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.

  • Ganshoin
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    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”.
  • TANAKAYA BREWING COMPANY,LTD
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    Nagano Pref. Iyamashi Iyama 2227
    This brewery was awarded first prize in the Kanto-Shinetsu Sake Awards 2013 held by the Kanto-Shinetsu Regional Taxation Bureau of the National Tax Agency of Japan for its Mizuo sake. The brewery produces great tasting local sake using locally grown rice and high-quality water. The water used in the brewing process is spring water from the foot of Mt. Mizuo in Nozawa Onsen Village. This natural mineral water has a distinct freshness to it making for a great tasting sake. Visitors are also welcome to try some of the sake in the shop. A good bottle to try is the Mizuo Tokubetsu Honjozo (special genuine brewed sake). It’s a well-balanced dry sake to be enjoyed either chilled or warm. The brewery itself is open to visitors every year in April. Booking is required so please check ahead of time.
  • Fukushima Tanada no Sato
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    Nagano Pref. Iyamashi Mizuho District Fukushima
    This terraced paddy field was developed in the Edo period from natural stone, and has been selected as one of Japan’s Top 100 Terraced Paddy Fields. The cultivation of people’s knowledge reflected in the steadily constructed fields is a beautiful sight to behold.
  • Yuzawa-jinja Shrine
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    Nagano Pref. Shimotakaigunnozawaonsenmura Toyosato
    This shrine is near Ogama in Nozawaonsen and holds a festival every year on September 8 and 9 called the “Nozawaonsen Garden Lantern Festival.” It includes a parade, a lion dance, a Sarutahiko dance, a “Thirty-six Immortals of Poetry” dance, a fireworks display, and many other attractions. Slabs with haikus by Basho Matsuo, a large zelkova tree over 1,000 years old, and about 100 stone steps can be found on the shrine grounds as well.
  • Shiga Kogen General Hall 98
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    Nagano Pref. Shimotakaigunyamanouchimachi Hirao 7148
    This general facility is located in Hasuike, Shiga Kogen. It opened in 1998, the year of the Nagano Olympics, and consists of the “Olympics/Paralympics Memorial Hall,” “Nagano Prefecture Shiga Kogen Nature Conservation Center,” “Shiga Kogen General Information Facility,” and “98 Hall.” There’s also the “Sunshine Trail,” a walking path that takes you along the shoreline of Biwa Pond, a lake in Shiga Highlands and the second-biggest.
  • Oborozukiyo no Yakata Hanzan Bunko
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    12 Reviews
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    Nagano Pref. Shimotakaigunnozawaonsenmura Toyosato 9549-6
    This memorial hall in Toyosato, Nozawaonsen Village is dedicated to Takano Tatsuyuki, renowned lyricist known for such songs as “Kokyo (Hometown),” “Haru ga Kita (Spring is Here),” and “Oborozuki Yo (Moonlit Night).” You can view such articles as his drafts, letters, paintings and writings, and more. Shiko Munakata, Masaaki Tanaka, Shiro Kasamatsu’s works are also stored here and showcased during special exhibitions. There’s also a cafe, museum shop, and carillon that plays Takano Tatsuyuki’s songs at regular intervals.

    I agree with the previous viewer that the ground floor exhibition was difficult to understand as there were no English translations anywhere so had no idea what I was looking at. But upstairs was an...

  • Hiratoko Daifunsen
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    Yamanouchi cho, Shimokitai-gun, Nagano Prefecture
    This spring belches white steam along the Shiga Kusatsu Kogen route. It has been designated a Natural Monument and is often referred to as “firefly hot spring” because of the fireflies that can be observed here, making for an enchanting sight.
  • Mt. Yokote
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    Shoga Takahara Yokote Yamanouchi cho Shimotakai gun Nagano Prefecture
    Mt. Yokote is included as part of the Shiga Kogen mountain range in Joshin’etsukogen National Park. Riding the moving walkway along the mountain’s slope, called the “sky-lator,” along with the “skylift” will bring you to the peak at 2,307 meters high, which offers a stunning panoramic view. On very sunny days, you can see the Northern Alps (Hida Mountains) and Mt. Fuji. It is about 10 minutes from the Shibu Pass, the highest point on the National Highway, once you board the Shibu Pass Romance Lift. Enjoy looking down at the clouds as you stroll up above.
  • Morokoshi (Corn) Kaido Street
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    Nagano Pref. Kamiminochigunshinanomachi Kashiwabara Jin's warehouse
    During the corn harvesting season from late July through early August, corn is sold along the “Morokoshi (Corn) Kaido Street” at a local produce direct sales store. Due to the extreme temperature difference between the afternoon and evening in Shinanomachi, it is said that the corn’s sugar levels increase. The freshly picked corn is sweet and juicy, and you can grill and eat it on the spot, making it a popular destination.

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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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