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  • Tsugaike Kogen Ski Resort
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Otari village Kitaazumi-gun Nagano prefecture Tsugaike plateau
    Tsugaike Kogen Ski Resort is popular among beginners and families for its safe terrain. The Kane-no-naru-oka course slopes gently down the hill and has a generous width of over 1200 meters. Skiers can also enjoy the fantastic atmosphere when the slopes are lit up during night skiing. The uma-no-se (horseback) course for advanced skiers is set on a narrow ridge with large humps continuing down the steep slope. On fine days Mt. Fuji can be seen from the highest point at an elevation of 1700 meters. For the adventurous why not try out the special Heli-ski and Snowboard activity.
  • Alps Azumino National Government Park
    99 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Aduminoshi Horiganekarasugawa 33-4
    This national park in Azumino stretches over the foothills of the Northern Alps. It is divided into two areas with the theme being the realization of fruitful free time activities in nature and culture. There are five areas in the Omachi and Matsukawa districts, preserving the excellent natural environment for the Alps mountain landscape. In the Horigane and Hotaka districts there are two areas, where the preservation and restoration of rural scenery in Azumino is carried out. All areas of the national park are designed with a diverse array of recreational activities in mind.

    This is an enchanting place to visit over the Christmas period. There is a wonderful outdoor light show that you can walk around, and taiko performance on New Year's Eve by local Kyogaku team who...

  • Daio Wasabi Farm
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Aduminoshi Hotaka 3640
    This vast wasabi farm in Azumino spans a space equal to 11 Tokyo Domes. Entry is free and the farm is open every day year-round. In addition to wasabi fields and a processing plant, visitors can enjoy the tranquil waterside scenery, including a water mill used in a Kurosawa’s film. The farm’s shop sells unique products found nowhere else such as wasabi soft serve ice cream and wasabi-don rice bowls. If traveling by train, a 10-minute taxi ride from Hotaka Station on the JR Oito Line.
  • Rokuzan Art Museum
    77 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Aduminoshi Hotaka 5095-1
    This facility was opened in 1958 with the goal of preserving the works of Rokuzan Ogiwara, nicknamed the “Rodin of the East.” In addition to his masterpiece carvings such as “Woman” and “Despair,” the museum also displays the works of Kotaro Takamura, who was deeply connected to Rokuzan. The impressive building, covered in ivy and church-like in appearance, is beloved as a symbol of the Azumino region. A 10-minute walk from JR Hotaka Station.

    This art museum is not a big one but the building is so beautiful. You can walk from Hotaka station and there's a good soba shop nearby.

  • Concrete
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Kitadumigunhakubamura Kamishiro 22203-78
    This brand new club just opened in January, 2018. Just like the name says, it's a concrete structure, giving a stylish and solid atmosphere to the interior as well as excellent acoustics, giving it instant cachet with club goers and music lovers both. They offer great club events featuring hip-hop and reggae, band concerts, karaoke and more across any genre and style.
    180 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Kita-azumi-gun Hakubamura Kita Jo Iwatake
    A mountain resort where you can enjoy activities as varied as winter sports, trekking, and mountain biking among magnificent scenery. In the winter, it's a white wonderland with skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and more. It has 26 runs with a diversity of natural terrain, the most in the Hakuba area. Its HAKUBA MOUNTAIN HARBOR opened in 2018 and has a superb view of the Shirouma Sanzan peaks. The outdoor terrace hosts THE CITY BAKERY, a veteran shop with branches around the country. It's open during the winter, too.

    The Gondola ride up had stunning views of the autumn colours and the facilities up at the resort were great! We had fresh and hot muffins of many kinds! Unfortunately it was cloudy and we could not...

  • Hotaka-jinja Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Aduminoshi Hotaka 6079
    This shrine in Nagano Prefecture’s Azumino City is frequented by believers who pray to the deity of land and sea transportation and industry. It is actually comprised of three places, the Hongu main shrine located close to JR Hotaka Station, the Okumiya rear shrine in Kamikochi and a small shrine atop the summit of Mt. Okuhotaka, and is famous as the sochinju (local Shinto deity) of the Japan Alps. Within the premises of the Hongu are the main shrine in Midono-style, a kagura hall, Wakamiya shrine, and two Japanese zelkova trees which have been designated as Azamino City Designated Natural Monuments. The Ofune Matsuri or “Boat Festival” in which boat-shaped floats adorned with Hotaka ningyo dolls are collided together takes place every year on September 27, and the event is attended by many worshippers.
  • Mizuiro no Toki Dosojin
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Aduminoshi Hotaka
    This Dosojin (traveler’s guardian deity) located in Hotaka of Nagano Prefecture’s Azumino City was built for production of the TV drama “Mizuiro-no-Toki” which was broadcast on NHK from April to October of 1975. Many viewers of the program visited the site while the show was being broadcast and even now it continues to be treasured by the locals. There are two statues each with two deities surrounded by a small area filled with flowers that bloom in all four seasons.
  • Napoli Pizza Tasuku
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Aduminoshi Horiganekarasugawa 3132-1
    This Italian restaurant in Nagano Prefecture’s Azamino City operates out an old home that was constructed 100 years ago and has since been remodeled. The interior, which has been given a chic appearance while making the most of Japanese tastes, is a relaxing space where the gentle rays of sunlight come streaming in. The restaurant focuses on sourcing ingredients locally and uses wheat and vegetables grown on local farms, and their pizza which is cooked in an oven inside the shop is a masterpiece that is on par with the authentic taste of Naples. Their lunch menu which offers a set including chewy pizza and salad is popular.
  • Kamijo
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Aduminoshi Hotaka 5256-1
    This soba restaurant located approximately 10 minutes on foot from JR Hotaka Station is distinctive for its western-style exterior that resembles a lovely pension enveloped in greenery. This is a famous restaurant that is well known for its traditional soba that are handmade with natural spring water from Azamino and soba flour grown at the foot of the Yatsugatake mountains and milled with a stone mortar. They also pride themselves on their soba-tsuyu broth made without any chemical seasonings using ingredients such as wild bonito, konbu (kelp) and soy sauce. In addition to their simple Mori-soba, other well-liked offerings on the menu include the Tenkei-soba which is topped with approximately 10 types of ingredients and the Oshibori-soba that nearly brings tears to the eye thanks to the juice squeezed from a spicy radish.
  • Hachimen Daio Ashiyu (foot bath)
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nagano Pref. Aduminoshi Hotakariake 7720-4
    This foot bath in the Hotaka hot spring town of Azumino City, Nagano Prefecture is a popular spot to enjoy natural hot spring water for free. The foot bath is distinctive for the stone statue with eight stone faces that portrays the eight-faced king, a character in an old folk legend of Azamino. Small round stones have been set into the bottom of the bath to stimulate the feet and help one recover from exhaustion. The area around is enveloped by aka-matsu red pines, and guests can easily refresh their legs while enjoying the forest therapy.
  • Tea Time Garni
    9 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Aduminoshi Hotakariake 7366-17
    This cafe with the atmosphere of a hideaway situated in a luscious green forest of Azumino City, Nagano Prefecture gets many repeat visits from local regulars and tourists alike. The interior has a relaxed atmosphere, while the terrace seats are popular to enjoy the natural scenery and sounds of birds. Experience the refreshing atmosphere of the forest as you enjoy homemade cake and coffee that is rich in fragrance. Their Muffin Sandwich with salads, eggs, and bacon on a handmade muffin is popular for brunch. Pets are allowed only on the terrace seats.

    Run by several very sweet little old ladies, lovely coffee served in cups that the choose to suit your personality (though they dont tell you this). They do very good breakfasts, not huge but very...

  • Sobadokoro Jiyuan Asakawa
    48 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Aduminoshi Hotakariake 8053-4
    This soba restaurant in Nagano Prefecture’s Azumino City is so popular that the reservation book inside the store fills up before the restaurant opens. The interior shows their attention to detail such as tables using old wood and items handmade by artists, all within a dignified environment comprised of an old storehouse with thick earthen walls and wooden beams. The zaru soba which uses the flower buds of wasabi as a condiment is an exquisite item that will make you want to eat more of thanks to its gentle rich-tasting tsuyu sauce and fragrance of the wasabi. The Yukibana Zaru Soba that is topped with plenty of tororo (grated yam) as well as gold dust is also popular. They have an extensive field, soba field, and garden in which hydrangea and cherry trees bloom, which make for nice places to enjoy a stroll either while waiting or after the meal.

    本に載っていたので行きました。 混んでいて随分待ちました。 店の雰囲気は良かったですし、パッと見た感じの料理の盛り付けはいい感じですが、蕎麦は素人が切ったのかと思うよな雑な感じです。蕎麦の太さに斑があり、短く千切れているものもありました。蕎麦自体も水っぽかったです。 天ぷらは、まあまあ美味しかったですが、エビとピーマンとかぼちゃと茄子以外の天ぷらは無くても良かったです。 本や口コミを信用してはいけ...

  • Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Kitadumigunmatsukawamura Nishihara 3358-24
    This art museum located inside of the Azumino Chihiro Park in the Matsukawa Village district of Kita-Azumi County, Nagano Prefecture collects and displays works by picture book artists from around the world including Chihiro Iwasaki. In addition to displays about Chihiro’s representative works, related items, and career, the museum also introduces the history of picture books and a collection of original pictures from picture books around the world. The museum is complete with facilities sure to delight children such as a reading room where they can read their choice from approximately 3,000 picture books as well as a play area for small children. There is also a picture book café where visitors can relax while gazing out at Japan’s Northern Alps (Hida Mountains).
  • Toyoshina Hot Spring Yuttari Yama-no-kami
    1 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nagano Pref. Aduminoshi Toyoshinatazawa 7994
    This is a day-trip hot spring facility located in Nagano Prefecture’s Azumino City. It is loved by locals as a hot spring that can be used easily, and guests can enjoy the atmosphere of the hot spring set amidst the mountains. The building takes on the appearance of an old Japanese-style house and is complete with a large room where guests can take their time and relax. The hot spring is also called Bijin-no-Yu (beautiful women’s water) since it is said to be good for the skin, and guests can enjoy both the rotemburo (open-air bath) and the indoor bath. Guests may enter the bath after purchasing a ticket from the vending machine when they enter, and they can relax for up to three hours for free. They also sell fresh local vegetables in the vegetable corner.

    少し山の中にはいりますが、松本へいく道の途中ということもあり、それなりに混み合っていました。 貴重品は入り口ロッカーで預けないとなかにはかごかただの木のロッカーのみです。 柔らかい泉質で、夏は露天で時々外の風に当たりながら入るのがよさそうです。 休憩室は持ち込み可能でした。 長野は涼しく、遅い時間に入るなら場合によっては長袖でよさそうでした。 入り口の野菜が安かったです。

  • nagi
    Style / Fashion
    Nagano Pref. Aduminoshi Hotakariake 7859-4
    This shop for miscellaneous lifestyle goods is located in the Hotaka district of Nagano Prefecture’s Azumino City and is a small store that can be reached by proceeding west along a narrow road on the northern side of the Azumino Art Hills Museum, then heading even further into the forest. The simple interior based in white primarily has tasteful containers and there are miscellaneous lifestyle goods handmade by artists. While relaxing in the quiet space enveloped by greenery, guests can take their time in finding an object they like.
  • Wachigai
    8 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    4084 Kami Nakamachi Omachi, Nagano Prefecture
    Located in Omachi City, Nagano Prefecture, this restaurant operates out of a refurbished civilian home that is 120 years old. It is known for its local traditional cuisine and its dedicated service. Highly rated is the “kurobuta don” with its strong umami taste from “Omachi kurobuta” raised in clean air with clean water, and the set menu “shionomichi omatsuri gozen” with its seasonal small bowl is popular. With its atmospheric Japanese space, this spot is one you can enjoy famous local brewers’ sake and the great taste of Omachi. *Since the famous Omachi “ozanza” has been discontinued, it will only be offered as long as available in the stockroom.

    Came here solo and it was an amazing fine dining experience but at such a low price. Each dish was sourced from local produce and presented beautifully

  • Monument of Soshunfu (Ode to Early Spring)
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Aduminoshi Hotaka
    This is a stone monument bearing an inscription for Ode to Early Spring, a song written by Kazumasa Yoshimaru in the Taisho period. The song incorporates the feelings of waiting impatiently for Azumino’s spring, and ever since it has been sung fondly by many people. The monument was built in 1984 by the kindness of many people including the townspeople.
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Aduminoshi Hotakakitahotaka 2845-7 Brewery Hottaku Brewery Twin Oaks
    This is a cafe restaurant joint established with the brewery that makes local Azumino beer Hotaka Beer, set in a location overlooking the wonderful Northern Alps (Hida Mountains) and calm rural landscape. Aiming to be a restaurant where one can enjoy Azumino cuisine with all five senses, they offer French-based creative cuisine using local produce and fresh herbs. The full cafe menu contains aromatic home-roasted coffee and homemade gelato. They also sell Leonidas chocolate, a brand which serves the Belgian royal family.
  • Museum & Cottage Morinoouchi
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Aduminoshi Hotakariake 2215-9
    This is an art museum within Akamatsu Forest, Azumino City, Nagano Prefecture, displaying mainly the original pictures from contemporary picture books from Japan and abroad. They collect original pictures from works such as Bernadette Watts’ The Little Match Girl and Delia Cancela’s “Alice in Wonderland,” and several times a year hold planned exhibits. They give particular attention to the works of Kenji Miyazawa. There are a number of facilities including library with around 8,000 picture books, a museum shop, and cafe where one can enjoy handmade cake and lunch. Also popular as a wedding venue, cottage accommodation is available too.

Nagano Main Areas


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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