Buddhist Temple in Nagano


Founded in the 7th century National Treasure Zenkō-ji is home to the revered statue Ikkō-Sanzon, said to be the first Buddhist image to arrive in Japan (AD 552). Not even 37 generations of emperors have seen the ima…
Museum in Togakushi

Togakushi Folk Museum & Ninja House

Above the Okusha bus stop you'll find this museum housing artefacts from a time when local yamabushi (mountain monks) practised what became known as ninpo (the art of stealth). The 'Ninja House' is the most fun, cle…
Gallery in Obuse

Hokusai Museum

Japan's most famous ukiyo-e (woodblock) artist, Hokusai, spent his final years in Obuse. Over 30 of his works are exhibited in this gallery, which recently reopened after extensive renovations. It's a 10-minute well…
Museum in Obuse

Takai Kōzan Kinenkan

Takai Kōzan, Hokusai's friend and patron, was a businessman and an accomplished classical artist specialising in elegant Chinese-style landscapes. His life and work is commemorated in this small museum.
Museum in Obuse

Japanese Lamp & Lighting Museum

Showcasing lighting through Japanese history, including oil lamps and lanterns, this neat museum will flip the switches of design aficionados.
Gallery in Obuse

Taikan Bonsai Museum

Come here to appreciate the delicate art of bonsai, including some rare species. Admission includes entry to a small gallery of landscapes.
Zoo in Nagano Region

Jigokudani Monkey Park

In operation since 1964 and showing its age, thousands flock here each year to see the over-photographed troupe of Japanese macaques who are lured into the pools with food. They're at times a little savage as they r…
Buddhist Temple in Bessho Onsen


Of the Sōtō Zen sect, Anraku-ji is the oldest Zen temple in Nagano. Dating from AD 824–34, it's a National Treasure, renowned for its octagonal pagoda. The temple is a 10-minute walk from the Bessho Onsen train stat…
Buddhist Temple in Bessho Onsen

Kitamuki Kannon

The grounds of this Tendai temple have some impressive ancient trees and sweeping valley views. Once an awe-inspiring vista, there's no longer anything particularly contemplative about the valley development below. …
Park in Karuizawa

Mt Asama Magma Stone Park

In Gunma Prefecture, here's your chance to get up close and personal with Mt Asama – so close, you could almost touch it. Formed in 1783 by Asama's last violent eruption, this 'Hurled by Demons' Park has a surreal l…