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  • Kamikōchi

  • 2017/09/01

  • The British Revered Walter Weston praised the splendor of Kamikōchi, the Hotaka mountain range, and Mt. Yari to the world. Up until that time, mountaineering was not recognized as a leisure pastime and, in addition to making the area famous, Weston is also credited with also popularizing the activity. As a result of popularizing mountain climbing, he is widely praised as being the “father of mountaineering in Japan”.

    The person who guided Walter Weston to Kamikōchi was Mr. Kamonji Kamijō.

    Entering the Showa era, mountaineering boomed and tourists flourished to the Kamikōchi area. As the number of cars and busses increased, the environment suffered and in 1975 car regulation on the Kamikōchi Park Line began. Thanks to those efforts, the beautiful nature has been protected and preserved.

     

    Two famous places in Kamikōchi are Kappa Bridge and Taisho Pond. Taisho Pond was created through the eruption of Mt. Yake. Mud flow, resulting from the eruption on June 6th of 1915, blocked the Azusa river and Taisho Pond emerged as a result. Visitors view with awe the trees that died, as a result of the eruption, still standing in Taisho Pond to this day. In recent years rotting has progressed and some of the trees occasionally suddenly fall over. Before too long the mysterious scene will be a thing of the past.

     

    Note: Kamikōchi is closed from November to April. Entrance is prohibited during this period.

     

    For more information, please visit the following website:

    http://www.kamikochi.or.jp/

  • Hakuba

  • 2017/09/01

  • The host of the Winter Olympics, Hakuba is a famous winter resort. Most know Hakuba for its skiing but the majestic Northern Alps are also host to numerous events throughout the year.

     

    June 6月

    ◇Hakuba Cycling Festival

    ◇Pulsatilla Nippoinica and Lotus Glauca Flower Festival

    ◇Tenjin Bath Day (26th)

    ◇Uchiyama Firefly Viewing

     

    JULY 7月

    AIMING HIGH HAKUBA

    ◇Hakuba Alps Flower Celebration 2017

    ◇Hakuba Alps Flower Celebration Opening Event

    ◇Hakuba Iwatake OMM (Original Mountain Marathon)

    ◇Himalayan Blue Poppy Appreciation Day

    ◇Goryu Summer Attraction

    ◇Summer Market Shinshu

    ◇Cool Night Terrace

    ◇47 RUNBIKE CUP 2017

     

    ◇Hakuba Snow Harp Cross Country Competition

    ◇Hakuba Iwatake Orienteering Derby

     

    August 8月

     

    ◇Hakuba Summer Festival

    ◇Happōone Summer Festival

    ◇YOSAKOI Hana Dance Festival Hakuba

     

    ◇2017 FIS Grand-Prix Ski Jumping in Hakuba

     

    etc…

    And much more

     

     

    For more information please visit the Hakuba Tourism Board website

    http://vill.hakuba.nagano.jp/index2.html

  • Asama Hot Springs

  • 2017/09/01

  • Asama Onsen is a hot spring with a rich history of over 1300 years. It is believed that Asama Hot Springs were well-known as the area is also the location of tombs of famous powerful historic figures. It was frequented by the lord of Matsumoto Castle in the Edo period and in the Meiji period, loved and frequented by many writers, from Akiko Yosano to Yumeji Takehisa.

     

    Surrounded by nature and steeped in history and culture is Asama Onsen, an onsen as familiar to locals as Matsumoto Castle.

     

    Enjoy a physical and psychological moment of relaxation away from daily hustle and bustle in this hot spring that has been flowing for over 1,000 years.

  • Utsukushigahara Kogen【Utsukushigahara Highland】

  • 2017/09/01

  • At an altitude of 2034 meters, the highland is a part of Nagano Prefecture’s largest national park. The highest peak, Ougatou is a flat plateau called Ustukushigahara Highland. In additona to Utsukushigahara Ranch and Sanjo Ranch located at the peak, there are many trekking routes for visitors to enjoy. Utsukushi Tower is a famous symbol of the area, located in the pasture that serves as a warning and evacuation tower to help trekkers find their way in the event of dense fog.

    The largest literary monument is also located in Utsukushigahara.

     

    The Venus Line is closed for winter from November to April.

  • Utsukushigahara Onsen【Utukushigahara Hot Springs】

  • 2017/09/01

  • In the Nara period, then emperor Tenmu is said to have visited a hot spring called “Tsukamanonuruyu” and while visiting the hot spring was given a map of the region by local authority, Minonookimi. This event is recorded in The Chronicles of Japan and the hot spring mentioned is, in fact, what is today known as Utsukushigahara Onsen. The Yamanobe Chaya hot spring bathing facility was created in the Azuchi Momoyama and Edo periods by Mr. Hotta for the castle lords of the region.

    The hot springs were later expanded upon as visitors increased and in the Meiji era was renamed Yamabe Onsen. In the 30th year of Showa (1955) the onsen was renamed to Utsukushigahara Onsen but it is still sometimes called “Shiraito No Yu” or “Goten No Yu”, amongst others, reflecting is history and evolution over time. The relaxing calm enjoyed by its visitors, however, has not changed.

     

  • The National Treasure, Matsumoto Castle

  • 2017/09/01

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    The castle was built as a strategic fortress for defending the territory against attacks that occurred during the tumultuous Sengoku Period. Matsumoto Castle’s ‘Tenshu’ (the highest tower in the castle), the ‘Watariyagura’ (passageway tower), and Inui Tower were all built toward the end of the period to monitor Tokugawa Ieyasu of the Kanto region.

     

    Accordingly, in preparation for battles, these three towers were constructed with 115 small windows through which arrows and guns could be fired. Additionally, a section of the wall on the 1st floor was replaced with 11 windows through which guns could be fired.

     

    The ‘Tatsumitsukeyagura’ and ‘Tsukimiyagura’ towers were built approximately 40 years later, during the early Edo Period, when a more peaceful era resulted in a diminished need to construct for battle preparation. The combination of the old and new towers is the Matsumoto Castle of today. Matsumoto Castle is the only castle in Japan in which towers from two different periods have been unified into one and it thus serves as one important feature of Matsumoto’s history.

     

     

    Matsumoto Castle Lord History

     

    Ishikawa Family (23 Years)

    1石川教正 2石川康長

    1 – Kazumasa Ishikawa  2 – Yasunaga Ishikawa

     

    Ogasawara Family (4 Years)

    3小笠原秀政 4小笠原忠真

    3 – Hidemasa Ogasawara 4 – Tadazane Ogasawara

     

    Toda Family (16 Years)

    5戸田康長 6戸田康直

    5 – Yasunaga Toda 6 – Yasunao Toda

     

    Matsudaira Family (5 Years)

    7松平直政

    7 – Naomasa Matsudaira

     

    Hotta Family (4 Years)

    8堀田正盛

    8 – Masamori Hotta

     

    Mizuno Family (83 Years)

    9水野忠清 10水野忠職 11水野忠直 12水野忠周

    13水野忠幹 14水野忠恒

    9 – Tadakiyo Mizuno  10 – Tadamoto Mizuno  11 – Tadanao Mizuno  12 – Tadachika Mizuno 13 – Tadamoto Mizuno  14 – Tadatsune Mizumoto

     

    Toda Family (142 Years)

    15戸田光慈 16戸田光雄 17戸田光徳 18戸田光和

    19戸田光悌 20戸田光行 21戸田光年 22戸田光庸

    23戸田光則

    15 – Mitsuchika Toda  16 – Mitsuo Toda  17 – Mitsuyasu Toda  18 – Mitsumasa Toda

    19 – Mitsuyoshi Toda  20 – Mitsuyuki Toda  21 – Mitsutsura Toda  22 – Mitsutsune Toda

    23 – Mitsuhisa Toda

     

    Event Information

     

    ■Spring Events

     

    ◇National Treasure Matsumoto Castle Night Cherry Blossom Viewing

    ◇National Treasure Matsumoto Castle Cherry Blossom Lighting Event

    ◇Urasenke Fellowship Gathering – Spring Tea

    ◇Special Spring Opening of Taikomon (Taiko Gate)

    ◇National Treasure Matsumoto Castle [Matsumoto Clan Ancient Gunnery Performance]

    ◇Aoyama Ikebana Outdoor Exhibition / Tea Ceremony ~ Matsumoto City Establishment Anniversary

    ◇Sekishū Style Tea Ceremony – Matsushiro Gathering

     

     

    ■Summer Events

     

    ◇Special Summer Opening of Taikomon (Taiko Gate)

    ◇National Treasure Matsumoto Castle [Taiko Drum Festival]

    ◇National Treasure Matsumoto Castle [Music & Performance] ~ An illuminated mysterious world ~

    ◇Free entrance days for guests dressed in Japanese traditional attire (Kimono etc.)

    ◇National Treasure Matsumoto Castle [Moonlight Concert]

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ■Fall Events

     

    ◇Shinshu ・ Matsumoto Soba Matsuri (festival)

    ◇National Treasure Matsumoto Castle [Joint Tea Party]

    ◇National Treasure Matsumoto Castle [Doll Exhibition]

    ◇Special Fall Opening of Taikomon (Takio Gate)

    ◇National Treasure Matsumoto Castle [Ancient Gunnery Performance]

    ◇National Treasure Matsumoto Castle [Chrysanthemum Exhibition]

    ◇National Treasure Matsumoto Castle [Youth Kendo & Naginata Competition]

    ◇National Treasure Matsumoto Castle [Traditional Song & Sword Dance]

    ◇National Treasure Matsumoto Castle [Youth Samurai Parade]

    ◇National Treasure Matsumoto Castle Old Castle Drum Performance

    ◇National Treasure Matsumoto Castle [Fall Tea Ceremony]

    ◇Festival of the “Legend of the God of Eve of the 26th”

    ◇National Treasure Matsumoto Castle – Falconry Display

     

     

    ■Winter Events

    ◇Winter Preparation (Castle greenery dressing for winter, etc.)

    ◇Kadomatsu (traditional pine decoration) display setting

    ◇Cleaning and decoration (display of traditional rope decoration)

    ◇National Treasure Matsumoto Castle [New Year Celebration Ceremony]

    ◇National Treasure Matsumoto Castle [Ice Carving Festival]

    ◇Cultural Heritage Site Fire Protection Day [National Treasure Matsumoto Castle Fire Department Training Day]

     

  • Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum

  • 2017/09/01

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    Located on the outskirts of Matsumoto City, the Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum is a traditionally styled building situated in a quiet neighborhood. Craft store owner and operator, Mr. Tarō Maruyama, was moved to construct the building after being thoroughly impressed by the Mingei folk art movement begun by Mr. Yanagi Sōetsu. The museum displays not only numerous Matsumoto Mingei folk art furniture works, but also various other types of craft items. Regardless of region, or even country, if they are folk craft goods, items have been gathered from far and wide and are on display for the enjoyment of visitors.

     

    開館時間 9:00~17:00(最終入館16:30)

    休館日 毎週月曜日(休日の場合はその翌日)

    12月29日~1月3日

    料金 大人300円(団体20人以上200円)

    小中学生 70歳以上の松本市民は無料

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

    Closed: Every Monday (Closed the following day when Monday is a holiday)

    12/29 ~ 1/3

    Entrance fee: Adults 300 Yen (for groups of 20 or more, 200 Yen each)

    Elementary School age children and seniors over 70 are free

  • Nawate Street & Nakamachi Street

  • 2017/09/19

  • Nawate Street

    A shopping avenue a short three-minute walk from Matsumoto Castle.

    Named from the rope (‘Mizu Nawate’) strung around the outer edge of the castle moat at the time of its construction. It was originally a bank facing the castle but in the 20th year of the Meji era, shops popped up along the bank and in the 12th year of Hesei it became the site of the kajika frog festival celebrating the frogs that were said to be plentiful along the Metoba river in Matsumoto. Because traffic on the road is limited to pedestrians, it is very crowded with tourists on the weekends.

     

    Nakamachi Street

    Nakamachi street runs west to east along the Zenkoji road and flourished as wholesale sake brewing and clothing shops gathered on the street. However, in the late Edo period and Meiji era the southern Fukashi area suffered fires that destroyed many homes and shops. In order to provide protection from repeated fires, the craftsmen of the area used ‘Namako’ tile and plaster walls and the classic and characteristic black and white concrete-like designed ‘Namako’ walls can still today be seen in this middle town area of Matsumoto.

  • Matsumoto City Museum of Art

  • 2017/09/01

  • The Matsumoto City Museum of Art is one of various museums that represent Matsumoto as an ‘academic city’. Since opening is April of 2002, various works of art created by multiple artists have been exhibited in the museum. It is a museum rooted in the community that strives to serve as a place for appreciation, expression, and learning.

    As the birthplace of the world famous Yayoi Kusama, the museum also centrally displays some of her works.

    You can also see Yayoi Designed polka dot vending machines only here at the museum.