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Obuse & Suzaka
  • 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 view

    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

  • Yamaboku Snow Park

    For advanced skiers and snowboarders, Yamaboku Snow Park offers some of the best snow and ungroomed runs anywhere in Japan - a true power paradise!

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Obuse & Suzaka

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 backcountry ski course – Matsukawa Valley is a hidden gem which is waiting to be discovered.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Obuse & Yamada Onsen – 15 Things To Do

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  • Introduction of Matsukawa Valley – Nagano’s Best Kept Secret

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ACCESS

  • How to Get to Obuse

    Most visitors traveling to Obuse will do...
  • How to Get to Snow Monkey Park from Yamada Onsen – The Best Kept Secret Onsen Village

    If you are thinking of visiting the Snow Monk...

TOURS

  • [START FROM NAGANO CITY] Private Snow Monkey Tour

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ACTIVITY

  • Onsen In & Around Nagano

    As one of the most volcanic countries in t…
  • Enjoy the Fruit of Nagano

    The elevation of Nagano and resulting temp…
  • Explore Obuse

    Once an important Edo Period (1603-1868) t…
  • Autumn Leaves of Matsukawa Valley

    Known as ‘koyo’ in Japanese, t…
  • Tacochi Backcountry Course

    Starting at an altitude of 1750 meters in …
  • Yamaboku Wild Snow Park

    While small, Yamaboku Wild Snow Park makes…
  • The Waterfalls Of Matsukawa Valley

    Known for its natural beauty, the mountai…
  • Matsukawa Valley Hot Springs

    Matsukawa Valley is blessed with many R…
  • Autumn Leaves of Matsukawa Valley

    Known as ‘koyo’ in Japanese, t…
  • 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…
  • Obuse Onsen: Kannon No Yu

    Just outside the historic town of Obuse yo…
  • 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…
  • Cherry Blossom Viewing in Matsukawa Valley

    ‘Hanami’ or ‘flower view…

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…

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