Hokuriku Shin-Etsu / Chubu

Joyful Travel in Shinshu

Allow us to introduce an itinerary for visitors who want to see the best that Shinshu has to offer! During your stay, you will visit the 1400-year-old Zenko-ji temple, the world-renowned Snow Monkey Park, the quaint, preserved streets of historic Obuse town and the popular summer resort Karuizawa, home to a 240-store outlet shopping mall!

Joyful Travel in Shinshu

Complete Process :One night and two days
Tokyo Station
Travel Time:About 109 min

TrainTrain:About 109 min

Nagano Station
Travel Time:About 6 min

BusBus:About 6 min

National treasure: Zenkoji Templepic
Nakamise-dori Streetpic
Enjoy the specialties Shinshu Backwheat
Travel Time:About 91 min

BusBus:About 12 min

TrainTrain:About 44 min

CarCar:About 15 min

WalkWalk:About 20 min

Jigokudani-yaenkoen (Snow Monkey Park)pic
Travel Time:About 30 min

CarCar:About 10 min

WalkWalk:About 20 min

Yudanaka Shibu Onsenkyo Hot Spring Villagepic
inn Yudanaka Shibu Onsenkyo Hot Spring Village
Travel Time:About 35 min

WalkWalk:About 10 min

TrainTrain:About 25 min

Obuse-machi Townpic
Hokusai-kan Museumpic
Gansho-in Templepic
Travel Time:About 64 min

TrainTrain:About 64 min

Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plazapic
Travel Time:About 4 min

BusBus:About 4 min

Kyu Karuizawa Ginza Dori (Old Karuizawa Ginza Street)pic
Travel Time:About 82 min

BusBus:About 4 min

TrainTrain:About 78 min

Tokyo Station

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Introduction to Spots
National treasure: Zenkoji Temple
The largest Buddhist temple in the East Japan, with a history of about 1,400 years. During the period of Zenkoji Gokaicho event (unveiling an image) that was held between April and May in 2015, once in seven years by the traditional year-counting method, a record number of 7 million people visited the temple to worship. Zenkoji Temple is one of the best tourist spots in Nagano Prefecture. What attracts the visitors is walking through underground passage in a complete darkness.
・Website URL: http://www.zenkoji.jp/ENGLISH/about/ (Japanese, English)
・Location: Nagano City, Nagano Prefecture, Japan
Nakamise-dori Street
Both sides of about a 200-meter-long stone pavement from the Deva gate to the main gate of Zenkoji Temple is lined with about 60 shops such as souvenir stores, shops selling Oyaki (steamed bread stuffed with various vegetables, etc.), Shinshu soba (noodle) restaurants, miso-taste soft ice cream parlors, etc. Around the temple are as many as pilgrim's lodgings belonging to Tendai-sect or Jodo-sect. Trial lesson for making a Buddhist rosary, and a tasting of a vegetarian diet enjoy high popularity.
・Website URL: http://www.nakamise.org/ (Japanese)
Jigokudani-yaenkoen (Snow Monkey Park)
This park is famous throughout the world as the only place where Japanese macaque monkeys bath in hot springs. The area has been publicized numerous times, first through the US magazine “Life” and later through the BBC nature documentary series of the same name. Visitors flock to the park not only in winter but during spring as well (from May to July) to see adorable newborn baby monkeys.
 ・Website URL: http://www.jigokudani-yaenkoen.co.jp/ (Japanese, English)
・Location: Yamanouchi Town, Shimotakai District, Nagano Prefecture, Japan
Yudanaka Shibu Onsenkyo Hot Spring Village
This hot spring village is nestled in between the Shigakogen highland ski resorts and the Jigokudani-yaenkoen Snow Monkey Park. In addition to its great location, it is also one of the largest hot spring towns with the largest volume of hot spring water in Japan. There are around 100 traditional Japanese inns here as well as many modern hotels. Nine public baths are available for locals and hotel guests to use as they walk around its quaint, historic streets.
 ・Yudanaka-onsen Website URL: http://yudanaka-onsen.info/ (Japanese)
 ・Shibuonsen Website URL: http://www.shibuonsen.net/ (Japanease, English, Traditional Chinese)
・Location: Yamanouchi Town, Shimotakai District, Nagano Prefecture, Japan
Obuse-machi Town
This sleepy town in Northern Nagano is a hit with tourists, attracting over one million visitors every year. It is famous as the former residence of the artist Katsushika Hokusai, whose woodblock print “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” is arguably one of the most famous images of Japanese art in the world. His works can be seen in the Hokusai-kan, one of Obuse’s 12 art museums, as well as on the ceiling of Gansho-in temple, where he painted “The Phoenix Glaring in All Directions.”
There are plenty of stylish restaurants and shops around town for visitors. Souvenir shops sell local Uchiyama paper and Japanese textiles, and small cafes and bakeries feature Obuse-grown chestnuts in their artisanal creations.
Hokusai-kan Museum
Katsushika Hokusai was a Japanese Ukiyoe woodblock-print artist during the Edo era. His works, like “Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji,” are famous throughout the world and inspired artists such as Gogh and other French impressionists greatly. Over 50 of his works can be seen here, including original sketches, letters and drawings he made during his stay in Obuse. The museum recently commemorated its 40th anniversary in 2015, and is now one of Obuse’s main tourist attractions.
 ・Website URL: http://www.hokusai-kan.com/ (Japanese)
・Location: Obuse Town, Shimotakai District, Nagano Prefecture, Japan
Gansho-in Temple
On the ceiling of this Buddhist temple is one of Katsushika Hokusai’s paintings titled “The Phoenix which Glares in All Directions (Happo Nirami Ho-o-zu),” in which a brilliantly colored bird spreads its wings over an area of 21 tatami mats. In the garden outside is a stone monument to a haiku poem written by Issa Kobayashi called “Frog Concert (Kawazu Gassen).” He was a famous poet during the Edo era.
・Website URL: http://www.gansho-in.or.jp/ (Japanese)
・Location: Obuse Town, Shimotakai District, Nagano Prefecture, Japan
Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza
This shopping area just outside of Karuizawa station is on Japan’s largest scale, sprawling over 260,000 square meters. Above green lawns and clear reflective ponds, this shopper’s paradise features over 240 stores that offer foreign designer brands, restaurants and local specialty goods. Guests can enjoy cool summer days in Karuizawa’s pristine nature while enjoying the luxuries and shopping of city life.
・Website URL: http://www.karuizawa-psp.jp/page/ (Japanese, English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean)
・Location: Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture, Japan
Kyu Karuizawa Ginza Dori (Old Karuizawa Ginza Street)
During the Edo era, this area prospered as one of the post towns along the Nakasendo road. During the Meiji era, it was developed as a summer resort catered to foreigners from Europe and the U.S.A. There are over 200 shops here featuring folk crafts, local specialties and small fashion outlets, as well as a famous bakery frequented by John Lennon of Beatles fame. This quaint and pretty street attracts crowds of visitors every year.
 ・Website URL: http://karuizawa-ginza.org/ (Japanese)
・Location: Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture, Japan