• Matsumoto City Museum of Art


    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.

  • Kamikōchi


    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:


  • Utsukushigahara Onsen【Utukushigahara Hot Springs】


    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.


  • Hakuba


    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


    ◇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



    And much more



    For more information please visit the Hakuba Tourism Board website


  • Utsukushigahara Kogen【Utsukushigahara Highland】


    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.

@ Matsumoto Hotel Kagetsu