Located in the middle of Nagano Prefecture, the small town of Obuse is popular for having been the place to live of the famous painter Hokusai. The museum dedicated to this renowned artist is not to miss during your stay. In the days when Tokyo was still named Edo, Obuse was already an important cultural city. Today, it preserves its traditional houses, and its charming ancient streets as the historic street of Kurino Komochi, situated not far from the stunning mountainous landscape which surround the town.
Nature is everywhere here, the city offering visitors a beautiful floral garden, which is inspired by the works of Hokusai as shown by its phoenix flowers bed. Many other beautiful gardens are open to public every year, including areas of tropical vegetation. Obuse is also well known for the chestnut harvest, which allows Obuse ’s cooks to design ,any recipes based on this ingredient. Strolling the streets, you will find many merchants offering all kinds of products made with chestnuts as ice creams, pastries and even miso sauce. Several farms offer you the picking and tasting of chestnuts, apples, and many fruits according to the season. Among these, the Kobayashi and Yamawaki farms are happy to welcome the most curious visitors each year. Obuse has also a very popular sake that you could discover in many breweries, and a high quality wine as the Sogga vineyard.
About 20 kilometers east of Obuse, at the edge of Yokoyu river, it is highly recommended to go to the Jigokudani wild monkey park, where you could see japanese macaques warming in the hot springs during the harsh winter days. A small hike is necessary to access it.
The city has many temples and ancient shrines not to be missed, the most visited being the Ganshoin Buddhist temple o the east. However, you will discover many more as you stroll through the central area, such as the Saeiji Buddhist Temple, or the Shinto Ose Shrine.
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The traditional japanese hunters "Matagi" in the wild territory of Shirakami-sanchi (Akita,Aomori)
Agritourism at a tea village in Kyoto
duration : 2 days
Agritourism in the tea village in Kyoto & discover the ninja culture in Iga - 3 days
tea village & ninja town
duration : 3 days
Naoshima Yacht Cruising ＆ Shimanami Kaido Cycling Enjoy Seto lnand Sea 8 days
Yacht cruising & Shimanami cycling
The Furukawa festival at the city of the movie "your name" in cherry season
Exciting drums & elegant floats fest.
The city figured in the movie"Your name"
Travelling World Heritage Site Nikko and South Tohoku region, 9 days
Jumping from Tokyo, to Nikko and Sendai
To know real Japan in country side
【Nagano-Hida-Kanazawa】A getaway in the land of snows, the beauty of snowy sceneries
Beautiful pieces of scenery
A walk through Yanaka and Wagashi making into the heart of Tokyo
Discover traditional Shitamachi area
Ueno,Yanaka, Nezu , Sendagi
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine route + Shirakawago & Kanazawa
Visit Mountainous Lands to find cultural authenticity&natural beauty:Tokyo~Kanazawa
Getaway to mountainous lands
Historic footpath into Japan nature. Nagano, Matsumoto, Kamikochi (Apr-Nov)
Hiking in Kamikochi,Magome,Tsumago
Discover Japanese history
Island hopping tour around Naoshima & Himeji, Miyajima, Kurashiki
Artistic Island hopping tour!!
Japan’s horse races, Tokyo or Ohi or Nakayama racetracks
Let's try a horse race!!
Bet from 100 yen on your favorite horse
A getaway to Sawara, “little Edo”of Chiba and to Katori Jingu shrine
Visit the Katori-Jingu shrine
Sawara;renowned for their canals
Visit of “Mount Saw”, place of the largest seated Buddha of Japan
"Nokogiri yama" & the biggest buddha
Crossing TokyoBay by bus&ferry
Earthquake simulation and visit of traditional streets
Discover Tokyo popular spots
Tohoku earthquake simulation
Cruise at the Yokosuka military port, or walk on the island comparable to Miyazaki’s castle in the sky. Lunch included.
Past & present of maritime defense
Cruise to the base or ruins island
Misaki tuna selling, an authentic japanese fishing port (Lunch and tuna tasting included)
Discover tuna town & fish market
Delicious fresh tuna lunch
Japanese tea picking and ancient Edo streets of Kawagoe
Discover JapaneseTea in Sayama
Stroll in Kawagoe"little Edo"
Hiking Mount Mitake and visit of a sake brewery.
Hiking to Mt.Mitake
Viisit Sake brewery