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Maguse Onsen offers a simple outdoor bath, tasty restaurant and some of the best views from a hot springs bath in all of Japan. There is no access by public transportation.
Nozawa Onsen is a great hot spring and ski resort located just 45 minutes from Shiga Kogen. A highlight of the village are its 13 free hot springs onsens, perfect after a long day of skiing and its idyllic mountain village feel. Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort is also world class, one of the ski resorts that hosted the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. Nozawa Onsen is very popular with international skiers/snowboarders and has a great nightlife scene. It also has a famous Dosojin Fire Festival annually in mid January and is just 20 minutes by bus from the newly renovated Iiyama Station on the JR Hokuriku Shinkansen Line with direct access to Tokyo.
Obuse is a charming town with a vibrant art and food culture to keep well fed and learning interesting Japanese culture. Activities Include:
- Wine tasting at the Obuse Winery
- Obuse’s famous chestnut deserts
- Rice and meat cooked over a traditional charcoal pit at The Club Restaurant
- Hokusai’s woodblock print museum
- Sake tasting at Masuichi Brewery
- Stroll through one of over 60 household Japanese gardens accessible to the public
Obuse is easily accessible from Nagano Station or Yudanaka Station via the Nagano Dentetsu Line. See Access page for more information.
Suzaka is an old town famous for its silk worms and miso, where you find family businesses going back several hundred years and hardly another tourist in sight, giving you a great chance to experience a rural Japanese town for yourself. You might want to try:
- Miso tasting/making at one of several miso breweries in town
- Sake tasting
- Oyaki tasting/making
- Tanaka Honke Museum, historically a silk-making merchant house
- Suzaka Hanga Museum
- Suzaka Municipal Museum
- The spectacular Yonako Daibakufu Waterfall
Suzaka is also easily accessible from Nagano Station or Yudanaka Station via the Nagano Dentetsu Line. See Access page for more information.
Nagano City is a modern metropolis of 400,000 and host to the 1998 Winter Olympics. By far its most popular tourist attraction is Zenkoji Temple, the 3rd largest wooden structure in Japan, housing the oldest Buddha statue in the country. Other activities in Nagano City include sake and miso tasting, visiting the Olympic Museum and substantial food culture/nightlife. Nagano City has easy access to several popular areas in Nagano Prefecture including Shiga Kogen, Hakuba, Nozawa Onsen, Myoko Kogen, Togakushi (Shrines/Temples & Kids Ninja Village) and Matsumoto, as well as access to multiple train lines and cities all over Japan. See the Access page for more information on getting here. See Nagano City’s Official Tourism Site for more information.
Matsumoto is Nagano Prefecture’s second city and famous for its premier historic castle, one of only 3 in all Japan. Art museums, quaint cafes, great food and traditional shopping districts make up most of the downtown area. Matsumoto is close to tourist attractions such as Kamikochi, Hida Takayama and the Kiso Valley. Matsumoto has easy access to Tokyo (150 minutes on the Chuo Line Limited Express), Nagano and Nagoya (via the Shinano, see Access page for more information). See Matsumoto’s Official Tourism Site for more information.