• Japan Ukiyo-e Museum

  • 2017/09/01

  • Michelin Guide – 2 Stars


    The Ukiyo-e Museum originated from a collection of works held in the Edo Period by the local wealthy merchant and trading business Sakai family. A number of works collected over a period of 200 years are on display.


    It is close to the Matsumoto highway interchange, somewhat distant from the city center, but tourists do not fail to visit to see the magnificent collection.


    Hours: 10:00 ~ 17:00 (Last entrance 16:30)

    Holidays: Monday (the day after Monday when Monday is a public holiday)

    New Year’s


    Entrance: Regular fee 1,000 Yen

    Junior High, High School and University Students 500 Yen

    Elementary School age and under – Free


    * The following are eligible for a 100 Yen discount

    * Groups of 20 or over, handicapped individuals, seniors (60 or older)

    * Visitors of the nearby Rekishi No Sato (History Museum) – Must present Rekishi No Sato entrance ticket.

  • Matsumoto Timepiece Museum

  • 2017/09/01

  • Matsumoto City is currently working on a project called “Matsumoto City as a Museum”. The Matsumoto Timepiece Museum is the first site developed working toward the “Matsumoto City as a Museum” project. It is one of few such collections of old clocks in Japan and is popular with both locals and visiting tourists.


    It began as a collection of Oriental clocks gathered by Mr. Chikazo Honda (1896 ~ 1985) but was donated to the city so people can enjoy it for years to come.


    There are over 110 timepieces in the hall, most of which still function today. The museum has developed innovative methods for visitors to enjoy the clocks via the use of video guides and miniature concerts.


    Hours: 9:00 ~ 17:00 (Last entrance 16:30)

    Holidays: Monday (the day after Monday when Monday is a public holiday)

    New Year’s


    Entrance fee: Adults 300 Yen

    Elementary and Junior High School age : 150 Yen

    * Groups of 20 or more receive a 50 discount per visitor

  • Former Kaichi School

  • 2017/09/01

  • Originally founded as a Buddhist school, this school located north of Matsumoto Castle, was reestablished as a secondary school in the 6th year of Meiji (1873).


    With its octagonal tower in the middle and cut glass windows, this building is a fusion of Western and Japanese architecture. Designated as a cultural heritage site in 1967, the museum displays various educational artifacts from the Edo era to the present.


    Hours: 9:00 ~ 17:00 (Last entrance 16:30)

    Holidays: New Years (12/29 ~ 1/3)

    3rd Monday of each month from March to November (The following day when Monday is a public holiday)

    Every Monday from December to February (The following day when Monday is a public holiday)


    Entrance fee: Individual: Adult 300 Yen, Elementary and Junior High School age 150 Yen

    Groups: Adult 250 Yen, Elementary and Junior High School age 100 Yen (for groups of 20 or more)

  • Jigokudani Yaen-Koen (Snow Monkey Park)

  • 2017/09/01

  • Jigokudani Monkey Park is located in northern Nagano in the valley of the Yokoyu River, which originates in Shiga Highland, located in Joshinetsu Highland National Park. The climate is harsh and the land is covered with snow nearly 1/3 of the year.


    There is steam rising from the ground throughout the valley which prompted ancient people to call it “Jigokudani” (the valley of hell). It is, however, a paradise for monkeys and it is a place where many troupes of monkeys have lived since ancient times. The valley and hot springs are loved by people from all over the world, as well as by many monkeys (snow monkeys).


    Jigokudani Yaen-Koen (Paradise of the Monkeys) official website

  • Moss Forest

  • 2017/09/01

  • The Moss Forest became famous in 2017 when it was promoted in a Shinshu travel destination campaign. It is located in Shirakoma Pond at the top of the Yatsugatake Mountain range. At an elevation of more than 2,000 meters, it is the highest pond in Japan. The moss forest is a blue-green moss spread across the surface of the pond. Experience a beautiful fantasy world of nature as you get lost in the beauty of the pond.


    For more information, please visit the Moss Forest official website.

  • Daio Wasabi Farm

  • 2017/09/01

  • The fields surrounding the Daio Wasabi Farm were once overrun with weeds. Local developers fixed their eyes on the sacred land with abundant water and, over the course of 20 years, cleared the grand space for wasabi cultivation. In 2011, it was the site of a morning NHK continuous drama and a small house was built as part of the filming set. (the building has since been removed) A beautiful translucent river flows along the side of the wasabi fields and water activities, such as boating, can also be enjoyed at the farm.

    Hours: March to October : 9:00 ~17:00
    November ~ February 9:00 ~ 16:30
    Open year round (no holiday days)
    Entrance is free

  • Tateyma-Kurobe Alpine Route

  • 2017/09/01

  • A mountain sightseeing road joining Toyama and Nagano via the Northern Alps.


    The Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route is one of the world’s few mountain sightseeing roads from which sightseeing can be enjoyed from elevations of as high as 3,000 meters. The road is 37.2 kilometers in length and has an elevation difference of 1,975 meters. Virtually all of the route falls within the Chubu Mountain National Park. Travel from Tateyama Station, in Tateyama city in Toyama Prefecture, to Funazawa Station in Nagano Prefecture to enjoy magnificent views of nature for as far as the eye can see with Mt. Kurobe proudly rising above the clouds.


    When traveling from the Nagano Prefecture side

    Ougisawa à Kurobe dam (Electric Tunnel Trolley Bus)

    Kurobe Dam à Kurobe Lake (Walk)

    Kurobe Lake à Kurobedaira (Cable Car)

    Kurobedaira à Daikanbō (Tateyama Ropeway)

    Daikanbō à Murodō (Tateyama Tunnel Trolly Bus)


    * Snow wall can be seen from Murodō


    Murodō à Tengudaira à Midagahara à Bijodaira à Bijodaira Tateyama Highland Bus


    Bijodaira à Tateyama Station (Tateyama Cable Car)

  • Norikura Kogen【Norikura Highland】

  • 2017/09/01

  • A mountain range sightseeing area that boasts four hot springs.

    It is famous for clear viewing of the Milky Way and is often frequented by Milky Way viewing tour visitors in the summer. As the snow wall can be enjoyed from this route as well, in recent years bus tours have become popular.


    For more information, please view the official website.

  • Yohashira Shrine (4 Pillar Shrine)

  • 2017/09/01

  • As the name implies, this shrine is believed to be occupied by four gods. The first god Amenominakanushi, is said to harmonize the power of the second two gods. The second two gods, Takamimusubi and Kamimusubi are said to have powers of uniting and making flourish. The fourth god, Amaterasu-ōmikami, is an all-powerful god who is said to inhabit Ise Shrine and the grounds of the home of the emperor. The power of this god is said to be what enables the other three gods to inhabit this 4 pillar shrine harmoniously.


    This type of shrine, believed to be inhabited by multiple gods of power, is extremely rare in Japan and is, as such, a place where people from around the nation gather to have their wishes heard and granted.


    For more information about the shrine, please visit the web site.


  • Fukashi Shrine

  • 2017/09/01

  • Beginning as Suwa Myoujin the shrine was for the god who protected the region (Ubusuna) at the castle town developed. Later evolving to revered worship of Tenmangu, the god of scholarship. Locals held up their prayers and wishes with honor over the years.


    In 2002, a 1100 year commemorative festival was held by parishioners honoring the founding and establishment of the shrine. At this time, the entire structure was refurbished.


    For more information, please visit the website.