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  • Utsukushi-ga-Hara Open-Air Museum
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    4.0
    100 Reviews
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    Nagano Pref. Uedashi Takeshikamihoniri 2085-70
    An outdoor sculpture museum located on the Utsukushigahara Highlands in Ueda City, Nagano Prefecture which displays some 350 modern art sculptures on a meadow 2,000 meters above sea level. Dotted with pieces by such famed domestic and international artists as César Baldaccini, Alexander Liberman, Izumi Ando, and Masuo Ikeda, the museum’s meadow is truly a stunning sight. The museum is also surrounded by magnificent mountains, and lovely mountain plants bloom from spring to fall. The museum is open from late April to mid-November.

    We came here after hiking the Utsukushigara Highlands (the hike starts from behind the Museum, with a lovely boardwalk toward the highlands). Entry to the Art Museum is JPY1000. We made a mistake...

  • Sugadaira Kogen Snow Resort
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Ueda-shi Sugadairakogen 1223-146
    A winter resort with 19 lifts and 60 runs. It is divided into three areas: Davos Area, Taro Area, and Pine Beak Area. They all make use of a base layer of artificial snow, which means you can ski there until the end of March. You can also ride their popular Snowcat up Mt. Neko, where you'll see snowbound trees around the summit. Ski the four kilometers back downhill from the top, or if you can't ski, just take the Snowcat back down.
  • Ozawa Wooden Sculpture Art Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Ueda-shi Kokubu 580-2
    An art museum which displays wood carvings by Chiharu Ozawa and his son Toshiharu, two renowned folk artists. The museum building is a tatch room structure which was built in the snowy region of Yanma in Niigata and later moved here and remodeled; the hipped roof building mixes both Japanese and Western elements. The spacious museum is filled with more than 1,500 examples of folk art, including decorative frames and basins, boxes of various sizes, partitioning screens, all manner of trays, confectionary boxes, bookends, and magazine racks. The museum's collection of 1,200 wooden sculptures gathered from around the world are also well worth a look. Here visitors can have fun learning about the traditions and history of folk art.
  • Ueda City Kakeyu Health Center Care House Kakeyu
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    Nagano Ueda-shi Kakeyu Onsen 1293
    A center for the promotion of health which makes use of hot spring waters. The center has a bade bathing zone with eight different tubs designed to treat such ailments as nerve pain, rheumatism, joint pain, and lower back pain. There's also a pool zone with an ultrasonic water flow machine, and customers can choose which facilities to use based on their needs and health issues. Licensed hot spring usage coaches and health and exercise coaches are on hand and can help customers not only with rehabilitation but also swimming practice. The center offers a variety of programs making use of its pool and training room for people of all ages, from children to adults.
  • Shioda Plain Temple Walk
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    Nagano Ueda-shi Bessho Onsen
    A walking course extending from Shiodamachi Station to the Bessho Onsen hot spring district. 10 kilometers long, the course takes around five to six hours to walk. The course visits the ancient Anrakuji Temple and the Zensanji Temple, founded by the great Kobo Daishi, and visitors can take in the history of Nagano and the Ueda region while on their walk. The course is virtually flat and connected by a shuttle bus, ensuring that just about anyone can walk at least part of the course as their stamina dictates. Maps of the course can be obtained from the Ueda City Kanko Kaikan and other tourist information centers.
  • Bessho Onsen Forest Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Ueda-shi Bessho Onsen 1179-11
    A park located close to Bessho Onsen. The spacious park is outfitted with a variety of facilities. There's a putting golf course and tennis courts where visitors can enjoy sports in the cooling shade of trees. A forested trail is a great place to take a walk among seasonal flowers, while an observatory provides a sweeping view of the Shioda Plain. There's also a campground where you can camp in the great outdoors or stay in a bungalow. In addition, visitors can go chestnut gathering in a chestnut orchard in the fall.
  • Jorakuji Temple Art Museum
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    Nagano Ueda-shi Bessho Onsen 2347 Jourakuji
    An art museum located on the grounds of the Joraku-ji Temple. The Joraku-ji Temple stands on the bank of a pond, and the museum preserves and displays works of art connected to the temple as well as ema votive tablets and other objects offered to the Kitamuki Kannon Temple on the grounds. The museum is famous for its collection of ancient roof tiles from famous temples across the country, but there are many other rare items in the collection well-worth seeing, such as woodblock prints by Shiko Munakata, a prayer diary created by the great Tokugawa Ieyasu at the age of 71, a manuscript written in Hakushu Kitahara's own hand, and a statue of Kannon dating to China's Song dynasty. Note that the museum's hours differ slightly depending on the time of year.
  • Shinshu Yumebara no Sato
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    Nagano Hanishina-gun Sakakimachi Kamigomyo 453-2
    A tourist farm located a 10-minute drive from the Sakaki Interchange on the Joshin-etsu Expressway. Here visitors can view beautiful roses and, with an advance reservation, take part in a rose planting activity. The farm also grows fruit and, when in season, visitors can enjoy picking strawberries and grapes. In the farm's rest area, visitors can sample rose hip tea. At night, the farm offers barbecuing, and visitors can sit in one of the farm's greenhouses and enjoy delicious Japanese-style barbecue.
  • Yamahon Sorimachi Farm
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Suzaka-shi Hitaki 4304-2
    A 15-minute drive from the Suzaka-Naganohigashi Interchange. At this tourism farm, you can enjoy picking grapes and apples raised with 100% organic fertilizer and reduced agricultural chemicals. The farm grows around 20 varieties of grapes and around 10 varieties of apples. The Takabatake area where the farm is located is the oldest grape-producing region in the prefecture, with many farms cultivating and selling a variety of grapes. The adjoining shop sells a variety of agricultural products in addition to grapes and apples and can provide shipping of purchases in the area.
  • Chie Koike Collection - World Folk Doll Museum
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    Nagano Suzaka-shi Nobe 1367-1 Suzaka Art Park
    This museum has been selected for inclusion in a list of Japan's 100 most popular tourism facilities as chosen by professionals. The museum preserves and displays a collection of over 3,000 folk dolls from more than 100 countries around the world donated by honorary chairperson Chie Koike. The museum is a fun destination where visitors can get a deeper understanding of the cultures, histories, lifestyles, and fashions of other nations through folk dolls.

    須坂版画美術館&平塚運一版画美術館の奥に位置しています。入館料300円。JAF等2割引。展示室内一部撮影可。文化服装学院名誉学院長が世界90数か国で収集した2,000体あまりの民俗人形のコレクションは壮大です。

  • Suzaka Hanga Museum/Hiratsuka Unichi Hanga Museum
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    6 Reviews
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    Nagano Suzaka-shi Nobe 1386-8
    An art museum opened in 1991 after the donation of woodblock prints by Suzaka printmaker Asaji Kobayashi and works and self-published magazines produced as part of the Sosaku-hanga art movement collected by Kobayashi in his interactions with other print artists from across Japan. The museum introduces visitors to the wonders of woodblock print art, primarily via a standing exhibition of prints dating to between the Taisho and early Showa periods as well as those produced in the modern day.

    Stunning displays of Hira dolls full of culture! The museum has the original biggest display of Hira dolls. It was interesting to see the subtle differences in the dolls based off of the period in...

  • Miniature Tetsudo Museum Train Gallery NAGANO
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Suzaka-shi Fukujima 481
    A gallery which displays over 3,000 model train cars. Some 60 model trains comprised over around 700 cars travel a panoramic exhibit covering the walls of the exhibition room. The controller from an actual 103 series train which can be used to control some of the museum's trains like a real-life engineer is particularly popular.
  • Haruta Park
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    Nagano Chikuma-shi Inariyama
    This park is famous for its 300 Yoshino cherry trees which bloom from mid- to late April. The sight of the flowering trees, planted around the banks of two ponds in the park, is gorgeous. The park also holds a lengthy cherry blossom festival in April. In addition, Haruta Shrine, a Shinto shrine dedicated to Haruta Omikami, Kotoshironushi-no-Kami, and Ukanomitama-no-Mikoto, is also located inside the park.
  • Togura-juku Kitty Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Chikuma-shi Togura Imai
    Appropriate to an area with a mountain where tengu goblins live according to legend, a 9.5 meter tall statue of a tengu, the largest in Japan, stands inside this park. The park is also a renowned destination for cherry blossom viewing. In mid-April, the area around the Chikuma Tengu statue becomes covered with pink blossoms, and visitors can enjoy taking in the beautiful flowers as well as the scenery of the Togura Kamiyamada Onsen hot spring district. In mid-March, visitors can also see Eranthis pinnatifida, a flowering plant designated a vulnerable species.
  • Chikuma River Manyo Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Chikuma-shi Kamiyamada Onsen
    One of the parks located in the Togura Kamiyamada Onsen area. Situated along the Shinano River, the park sprawls near the Manyo Bridge. 27 monuments inscribed with poems about Nagano from the ancient Manyoshu poetry anthology to today stand in the park and visitors can enjoy visiting each. Some of the monuments are inscribed with characters written in the hands of the authors, such as Kobayashi Issa and Kyoshi Takahama.
  • Anzu no Sato Sketch Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Chikuma-shi Mori 1735-1
    An apricot park where rare ancient varieties of apricots have been transported an old Japanese home has been restored to recreate once lost local scenery. The park's grounds encompass a waterway where fireflies can be seen and an old well and Japanese home. Inside the home building, there is a rest area with an old-fashioned irori sunken hearth; paintings and dyed and woven items by local artists are also on display here. The park's gifts and souvenirs, made with local apricots, are also popular.
  • Chikuma City Furusato Manga Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Chikuma-shi Inariyama 2181-1
    This manga museum preserves and displays some 4,000 works of art and other materials from Hidezo Kondo, a political satirist born in Chikuma City who helped popularize politics among the masses via manga. In addition to the artists political satires, his caricatures of celebrities are also popular. In the museum's library, people of all ages can enjoy manga books and anime videos.
  • Shinano no Sato History Park
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    Nagano Chikuma-shi Yashiro 29-1
    A history park built on the site of the Mori-Shogunzuka Kofun tumulus in Chikuma City, Nagano Prefecture. Here people can come in contact with how ancient people in Japan once lived; the park's Mori-Shogunzuka Museum contains a replica of the tumulus' stone pit room where visitors can see educational videos and artefacts discovered in the tomb; while the Nagano Prefectural Museum of History presents the history of Nagano Prefecture. The park also holds fun events, such as flying over 100 carp streamers on the grounds from mid-April to mid-May.
  • Sakai Meijo Brewery Shuzo Collection
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Chikuma-shi Togura 1855-1
    Several famous breweries and a portion of their storehouses which produced countless liters of seishu refined sake. There are also four museums - the Kaya Shirao-kan, Yumeji Kaiga-kan, Shuzo Shiryoshitsu, and Hokkoku Kaido Rekishi Shiryoshitsu. The current oldest brewery was established in the Horeki era, and there are also breweries from the Kansei, Keio, Meiji, and Taisho eras; visitors may freely view the breweries, as well. Portions of the museum exhibits are changed on a seasonal basis, and reviews note this is a valuable space where one can learn about folk culture.

    お酒の他にぶとうの直売もしてます。 ありえない美味しさでした。また行きたいです。駅から徒歩5分くらいです。

  • Hijiri Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Higashichikuma-gun Omimura O Hijiri 5887-1
    A museum situated on the east bank of Hijiri Lake. The museum has exhibits on the history of Omi Village, the Zenkoji Kaido road, and the Shinano 33 Kannon Temple Pilgrimage, enabling visitors to learn about the history of the area and the way its people have lived. A separate building is dedicated to aviation and displays unusual and rare aviation-related items, including an F-104 fighter jet.

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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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