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OBUSE & MATSUKAWA VALLEY
  • The historic heart of Obuse

    Obuse is a mix of shops, restaurants, sake breweries, museums, gardens, and temples that make for a relaxing day in the Japanese countryside

  • The Hokusai Museum

    Located in the center of Obuse, the museum profiles Japan's most famous and influential artist, Katsushika Hokusai

  • Rural beauty and mountain views

    Matsukawa Valley is a short distance from Nagano Station but feels a world away, a place to relax and unwind

  • Ancient cherry blossom trees

    The ancient 'sakura' (cherry blossom) trees of the Matskuawa Valley bloom each spring - a spectacular display of white and pink petals

OBUSE & MATSUKAWA VALLEY

Obuse is a small Edo Period (1603-1868) town steeped in history and tradition. Located in the heart of the countryside of Nagano Prefecture, Obuse is populated by quaint shops, gardens, temples, local delicacies and sake, and home to the Hokusai Museum.

Katsushika Hokusai is Japan’s most celebrated artist, most famous for his ’36 Views of Mount Fuji’ series and breaking wave image. Hokusai spent some of his final years painting in Obuse, now home to the Hokusai Museum and his final grand painting – a stunning phoenix on the ceiling of Ganshoin Temple. Famous for its chestnuts, any visit to Obuse is a delicious day out given the town's numerous confectioneries, restaurants, and cafes rounded-out by sake breweries, miso factories, and beautiful craft stores.

Obuse is also your gateway to the beauty and tranquillity of the Matsukawa Valley. A place of farmlands and orchards, ancient cherry blossom trees and autumn foliage, secret onsens and the deep snow of Yamaboku Wild Snow Park – home to the 14km Takochi ski course – Matsukawa Valley is a hidden gem which is waiting to be discovered.

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TOURS

  • 【CUSTOMIZED SNOW MONKEY PRIVATE TOUR】

    If you have a clear-cut idea of what you w…

HOTELS

  • OBUSE AREA

    The town where Hokusai, a famous woodbl…

RESTAURANTS

  • HIGHWAY OASIS

    Here you can find plenty of Japanes…
  • SAKURAI KANSEIDO SENSEKITEI

    Kanseidou’s restaurant “…
  • KURINOKI TERRACE

    Enjoy a pot of tea and some Japanes…

ACTIVITY

  • TACOCHI COURSE

    Starting at an altitude of 1750 meters in …
  • YAMABOKU WILD SNOW PARK

    While small, Yamaboku Wild Snow Park makes…
  • AUTUMN LEAVES OF MATSUKAWA VALLEY

    Known as ‘koyo’ in Japanese, t…
  • THE WATERFALLS OF MATSUKAWA VALLEY

    Known for its natural beauty, the mountain…
  • FRUITS OF NAGANO

    The prefecture of Nagano is famous for it …
  • EXPERIENCE ONSEN

    Going to an onsen is one of the most darin…
  • VISIT GANSHOIN TEMPLE

    The Ganshoin Temple in Obuse is one with a…
  • OBUSE HIGHWAY OASIS

    The Obuse Highway Oasis is kind of a souve…
  • TAKAI KOZAN MEMORIAL MUSEUM

    Takai Kozan was one of the wealthiest farm…
  • EXPLORE OBUSE

    Obuse is a small town but there is still p…
  • OBUSE KANNON NO YU

    Just outside the historic town of Obuse yo…
  • VISIT THE HOKUSAI MUSEUM

    A rare opportunity to see the original and…
  • VISIT ONSEN PONPOKO-NO YU

    Ponpoko onsen is located in Shinshu Nakano…
  • YUDANAKA TO OBUSE CYCLING

    Obuse is a beautiful town where you can sp…

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