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Togakushi

A Sacred Place Where Tradition Lives On

Key features

  • Shinto Shrines
  • Hiking
  • Nature
  • Iconic Photography
  • Autumn Leaves
  • Soba
  • Ninja Experience
  • Local Craft
  • Camping
  • Ski Resort

Public Transport

JR Nagano Station<60 mins by bus

Popular Attractions

Togakushi Ski Resort<10 mins drive
Zenko-ji Temple<60 mins by bus
Jigokudani Monkey Park120 mins by bus/train

Togakushi

A Sacred Place Where Tradition Lives On

Key features

  • Shinto Shrines
  • Hiking
  • Nature
  • Iconic Photography
  • Autumn Leaves
  • Soba
  • Ninja Experience
  • Local Craft
  • Camping
  • Ski Resort
Sitting quietly in the mountains bordering Nagano City, Togakushi is home to some of Japan’s most important Shinto shrines set among a beautiful forested landscape. The five major shrines that make-up the Togakushi complex are spaced-out at intervals through the forest and set against the dramatic background of mountains rising above. Accessible via well-maintained walking tracks, Togakushi continues to draw Shinto practitioners and nature enthusiasts who revel in its tranquillity, beauty, and purity. On the literal doorstep of the city, Togkuashi is also home to the Togakure ninja school, Togakushi Ski Resort and famous for its ‘soba’ (buckwheat noodles), traditional bamboo craft and stunning autumn leaves making it an ideal destination when planning at daytrip from Nagano.
Togakushi can be accessed using public buses running from JR Nagano Station with its most popular attractions located in and around the middle and upper shrines. The Togakure Ninja Museum showcases the origin and traditions of the local school of ninja long practiced in Togakushi while the nearby Kids Ninja Village includes dress-up costumes and obstacles courses for younger would-be ninjas. Numerous soba restaurants serve the region’s famous noodles – known for their purity of taste – always hand-made with appreciative owners welcoming guests to their restaurants. Through the warmer months of the year, Togakushi offers tremendous camping while autumn turns the landscape a stunning mosaic of yellow, red, amber, and gold as the leaves turn. Finally, the winter takes hold and the landscape turns white with the Togakushi Ski Resort opening in December and offering the closet ski runs to Nagano City.

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Recommended Highlights from Snow Monkey Resorts

Discover One of Japan's Most Sacred Shinto Landscapes

Discover One of Japan's Most Sacred Shinto Landscapes

Nature worship plays an important role in Japan’s native religion of Shintoism. Located just outside Nagano City, Togakushi is home to some of the country’s most important Shinto shrines – a sacred place where tradition lives on.

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Try Togakushi's Renowned Soba

Try Togakushi's Renowned Soba

Soba noodles are found throughout Japan. The people of Nagano will tell you that Togakushi’s soba is the best in the country.

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Enjoy the Seasonal Beauty of Togakushi

Enjoy the Seasonal Beauty of Togakushi

Whether you are visiting in winter, spring, summer or autumn, Togakushi lures visitors throughout the year with its ever-changing beauty and seasonal activities.

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Release Your Inner Ninja

Release Your Inner Ninja

Home to the Togakure school of Ninja, Togkakushi is the perfect place to drop your smoke bombs and disappear into the past.

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How to get to Togakushi

How to get to Togakushi

Located just outside Nagano City, Togakushi is accessible using public transport, taxi or private car.

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Togakushi Ski Resort

Togakushi Ski Resort

Offering the nearest ski fields to Nagano City, Togakushi Ski Resort is popular with locals and retains a distinctly Japanese character.

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Togakushi Dondo-Yaki Festival

Togakushi Dondo-Yaki Festival

Taking place on the Saturday each January, Togakushi plays host to Nagano's other, much quieter and more local, fire festival.

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Destinations & Attractions Nearby Togakushi

Destinations & Attractions Nearby Togakushi

Less than an hour from the centre of Nagano City, a visit to Togakushi can easily be combined with many nearby desintations.

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Nearby Recommendation

Zenko-ji Temple

Zenko-ji Temple

The spiritual heart of Nagano with a hidden secret

Established in 642, Zenko-ji is one of Japan's oldest and most important Buddhist temples and welcomes visitors of any faith or background.

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Jigokudani Monkey Park

Jigokudani Monkey Park

Visit Nagano's World Famous Monkeys

Accessible from Togakushi via JR Nagano Station, the monkey park is a must-do activity while in Nagano.

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Shiga Kogen Ski Resort

Shiga Kogen Ski Resort

Bigger, higher, better!

As Japan's largest and highest ski resort, Shiga Kogen is blessed with Nagano's longest season and great powder.

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Joshinetsu National Park

Joshinetsu National Park

A perfect destination for nature lovers & outdoor enthusiasts

Shiga Kogen is just one part of the larger Joshinetsu National Park. Blessed with many hiking trails, this is an ideal destination for hikers and nature lovers.

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Yudanaka & Shibu Onsen

Yudanaka & Shibu Onsen

Historic hot spring towns nearby the monkey park

Offering numerous "ryokan" (traditional guesthouses) with their own onsen, these quaint towns boast fascinating histories.

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Obuse

Obuse

Small town with lots to offer!

Famous for its chestnut confectionaries, Obuse is home to the Hokusai museum along with sake and miso breweries.

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Hokusai Museum

Hokusai Museum

Dedicated to Japan's most famous and influential artist, Katsushika Hokusai

Having resided in Obuse in some of his final years, the town is now home to the Hokusai Museum profiling the life and work of Japan's most celebrated artist.

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Gansho-in Temple

Gansho-in Temple

Home to Hokusai's last great masterpiece

Painted on the ceiling of the temple, “The Phoenix Staring in Eight Directions” is Hokusai's last great masterpiece and largest remaining artwork.

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Access

Public Transport

JR Nagano Station<60 mins by bus

Popular Attractions

Togakushi Ski Resort<10 mins drive
Zenko-ji Temple<60 mins by bus
Jigokudani Monkey Park120 mins by bus/train