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Explore Obuse

Home of the Hokusai Museum

Key features

  • Hokusai Museum
  • Takai Kozan Museum
  • Restaurants
  • Cafes
  • Shopping
  • Sake Breweries
  • Ganshoin Temple
  • Nearby Onsen
  • Tours

Public Transport

Obuse Station10-15 min walk
Nagano Station40 min train/walk

Nearby Attractions

Ganshoin Temple20 min walk
Jigokudani Monkey Park35 min train/bus
Zenko-ji Temple45 min train/walk

Explore Obuse

Home of the Hokusai Museum

Key features

  • Hokusai Museum
  • Takai Kozan Museum
  • Restaurants
  • Cafes
  • Shopping
  • Sake Breweries
  • Ganshoin Temple
  • Nearby Onsen
  • Tours
Once an important Edo Period (1603-1868) trading town, Obuse is a small historic town accessible using the Nagano Dentetsu (Nagaden) train line. Now known for its chestnut confectionaries, sake and miso breweries, Obuse is most famous as home to the Hokusai Museum. Dedicated to the life and work of Japan’s most renowned artists, Katsushika Hokusai, the small museum regularly rotates its large collection in an effort the breadth and significance of his lifetimes work. Having spent some of his final years in Obuse under the patronage of a wealthy local merchant called Takai Kozan, Hokusai’s last great masterpiece adorns the ceiling of Ganshoin Temple, while the Takai Kozan Museum retains Hokusai’s work studio.
Located near the midpoint of the line between Nagano Station and Yudanaka Station, Obuse has enough to keep you entertained for a morning or afternoon. A long with the museum, it is home to many chestnut confectionaries, cafes and restaurants, along with miso and sake breweries. As such, Obuse is a great destination with the Jigokudani Monkey Park or activities in Nagano City.

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      Book a Private Tour

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      How to Get to Obuse

      How to Get to Obuse

      Accessible on the Nagaden train line via Obuse Station, the town is easy to reach from Nagano City or the monkey park.

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      Snow Monkey Pass

      Snow Monkey Pass

      Take advantage of Nagaden’s 2-day Snow Monkey Pass to enjoy the monkeys, Obuse, and more!

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      Ganshoin Temple

      Ganshoin Temple

      Witness Hokusai’s last great masterpiece – a painted phoenix that graces the ceiling of this local temple.

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      Accommodation Nearby Obuse

      Accommodation Nearby Obuse

      Hotels are limited in the Obuse area but plentiful in nearby Yudanaka & Shibu Onsen.

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      Nearby Destinations

      Jigokudani Monkey Park

      Jigokudani Monkey Park

      Visit Nagano's Famous Monkeys

      Combine your visit to the monkeys with a morning or afternoon in Obuse.

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      Snow Monkey Resorts Info & Gfit Shop

      Snow Monkey Resorts Info & Gfit Shop

      Official Merchandise & English Information

      Located just outside the monkey park, the Info & Gift Shop has you covered for all your monkey needs.

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      Shiga Kogen

      Shiga Kogen

      Japan's Largest Ski Resort

      Easily accessible from Obuse using the Nagaden train and local buses.

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      Visit One of Nagano’s Oldest Hot Spring Towns

      Boasting a 1300-year history, this unassuming but cute little town has a lot to offer!

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      Zenko-ji Temple

      Nagano's Spiritual Heart

      With a near-1400 year history, Zenko-ji is the heart of the region.

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      Cultural Experiences in Nagano City

      Cultural Experiences in Nagano City

      Try Your Hand at Origami, Calligraphy and More!

      Located nearby Zenko-ji Temple, workshops include many traditional crafts.

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      Cherry Blossoms in Nagano

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      Experience Spring in Japan

      Blooming each April, Nagano’s cherry blossom season is truly beautiful.

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      Autumn Colours of Nagano

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      Through October and November each year, the world turns amber and gold, red and yellow.

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      Amenities

      Museums
      Temples
      Restaurants
      Cafes
      Shopping
      Sake Breweries

      Access

      Public Transport

      Obuse Station10-15 min walk
      Nagano Station40 min train/walk

      Nearby Attractions

      Ganshoin Temple20 min walk
      Jigokudani Monkey Park35 min train/bus
      Zenko-ji Temple45 min train/walk

      Obuse-machi, Kamitakai-gun, Nagano-ken
      TEL:+026-214-6300