Enjoy the four seasons. With hot springs, historic sites, and more,
the Shinshu region has many sightseeing opportunities to offer.

Take a day trip to tour the historic sights in Shinshu-Matsushiro and Ueda,
relax with a hot-spring bath after visiting Zenkoji Temple, br.pcor simply take the day off to unwind.
Routes along which you can enjoy the natural surroundings throughout the seasons are also appealing.
Additionally, the Matsumoto and Suwa areas are within one hour’s reach,
and day trips to Toyama and Kanazawa are possible using the Hokuriku Shinkansen.
Use the hotel as a base for your trips to explore and discover the Shinshu region.

  • Nagano,
  • Suzaka,
    Takayama, Nakano
  • Yamanouchi, Iiyama,
    Nozawa Onsen,
    Shiga Kogen
  • Ueda,

Nagano, Matsushiro, Chikuma

  • Shinshu souvenir approach to a shrine "ORAHO" (Nagano City)

    A shopping mall connected to Nagano Station. In addition to fashion and fresh produce, souvenirs are also available. You can also enjoy the local sake bar in Nagano and the local food "Oyaki".

  • Zenkoji Flower Corridor (Nagano City)

    During the Golden Week holiday period, the Nagano Flower Festival – Zenkoji Flower Corridor takes place, and the streets from Nagano Station to Zenkoji Temple are decorated with flowers. The Zenkoji Flower Corridor started with the Infiorata held in 2002, a popular event in which the streets were carpeted with flowers.

  • Nagano Ebisu-ko Fireworks Festival (Nagano City)

    The Ebisu-ko festival is held at Nishinomiya Shrine in Ganzeki-cho, Nagano City. It’s a very popular event taking place November 18–20, packed with people praying for prosperous business, bumper harvests, and good luck.

  • Higashiyama Kaii Gallery (Nagano City)

    Opened in April 1990, the Higashiyama Kaii Gallery was established as an annex to Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum with a donation to Nagano Prefecture of artworks and related books from Kaii Higashiyama (1908-1999), a Japanese-style painter. Currently, the gallery has 960 works in its collection. The gallery rotates its works roughly once every two months, treating guests to the world of Higashiyama’s art, of which it is said that the landscapes reflect the soul.

  • Former Sanada Residence, Matsushiro (Nagano City)

    This mansion was built in 1864 by Yukinori Sanada, 9th lord of the Matsushiro Domain, as a residence for his mother-in-law, Tenshoin. At the time, the mansion was called Shingoten, or “the new palace”.

  • Kagami-ike, Togakushi (Togakushi, Nagano City)

    Kagami-ike (Mirror Lake) shows stunning reflections of the Togakushi mountain range throughout the four seasons. Perhaps the most breathtaking sight the area has to offer is that of the mountains covered in autumn leaves, contrasted against the waters of the lake.

  • Kids’ Ninja Village(Nagano City)

    The Togakushi area of Nagano City in Nagano Prefecture is the legendary home of the Togakushi-school of ninja who played various undercover roles in espionage during Japan’s Period of Warring States during the 15th and 16th centuries.Kids’ Ninja Village guarantees a day full of great fun for children and adults alike.

  • Obasute Night View Tour (Chikuma City)

    Enter Obasute Station, which ranked second in a poll of train stations worth visiting throughout Japan, and see the astonishing nighttime view below—itself named as one of Japan’s top 100 night views.

Suzaka, Obuse, Takayama, Nakano

  • Garyu Park Cherry Blossom Festival (Suzaka City)

    Named as one of Japan’s top 100 cherry blossom sites, Garyu Park has approximately 800 cherry trees as well as famous oden (hot pot) and dango (sweet dumplings) to enjoy. Don’t miss the blossoms illuminated at night, or the Suzaka Zoo located within the park.

  • The World Folk Doll Museum (Suzaka City)

    Having started with the Suzaka Town Doll Festival in 2001, the museum exhibits approximately 6,000 dolls donated by residents.

  • Tanaka Residence (Suzaka City)

    The Tanaka Residence is a magnificent mansion located on a ‭9,900 ㎡ site enclosed by 20 storehouses around its perimeter of approximately 100 meters in each direction. The Japanese garden, the storehouses with linked eaves, and the buildings of the mansion harmonize beautifully throughout the changing seasons, and give modern-day visitors a window into the life of the prosperous merchant family.

  • Gansho-in Temple (Obuse Town)

    Gansho-in Temple is a Soto-school Buddhist temple opened in 1472. This old temple is associated with the Sengoku-era lord Masanori Fukushima, the artist Katsushika Hokusai, and the poet Issa Kobayashi. The premises include the mausoleum of Masanori Fukushima, as well as the Kaeru-gassen no Ike, or “pond of fighting frogs,” about which Issa Kobayashi composed the verse “Do not give in, thin little frog, Issa is here.” Additionally, the temple features the monks’ living quarters, a bell-tower, a meditation hall, and cypress temple gate guarded by two wooden warriors.

  • Takai Bridge, Matsukawa Valley (Takayama Village)

    The Mai no Michi Walk is recommended if you wish to immerse yourself in the yellow and red autumn leaves of the Matsukawa Valley. The walk begins at the foot of Takai Bridge in Yamada Onsen. Take a casual stroll on the 1.3-km route that crosses the bridge going to the Yakushi-do temple hall on the other side.

  • Yamada Onsen Oyu Baths (Takayama Village)

    Take Nagano Prefectural Road 66 from Obuse Town, and you’ll arrive at Yamada Onsen, the gateway to the Matsukawa Valley. The venerable Oyu baths have been in operation for 200 years, with magnificent Momoyama-style architecture that creates a truly classic Japanese hot spring atmosphere.

  • Goshiki Onsen/Takayama Onsen Village (Takayama Village)

    This area has long been known for its hot spring inns and the healing properties of its springs, and it has also been well loved by many writers and artists. The eight hot springs of the valley still retain their vibrant atmosphere today, and along with the Matsukawa Valley, remain proud treasures of Takayama Village. Enjoy a leisurely, relaxed tour of this hot spring village.

  • English Garden (Nakano City)

    Located 400 meters north of the city, this 3.4-hectare park is located in a residential area with good access and spectacular views of Mt. Kosha (Takaifuji) to the north, Mt. Hako to the east, and the five mountains of the Hokushin-Gogaku range to the west.

Yamanouchi, Iiyama, Nozawa Onsen, Shiga Kogen

  • Maguse Onsen (Kijimadaira Village)

    Kijimadaira is a place with stunning natural beauty that changes with every season. Take in the fantastic view from the Bokyo no Yu baths at Maguse Onsen, nestled in the mountains at the upper reaches of the Maguse River. On a clear day, you can see as far as the distant Northern Alps.

  • Jigokudani Monkey Park (Yamanouchi Town)

    The Jikogudani Monkey Park is located in northern Nagano Prefecture, in the valley of the Yokoyu River, which originates in the Shiga Kogen highlands of Joshinetsu Kogen National Park. At an elevation of 850 meters, the park is covered with snow for almost one third of the year, making it a difficult environment. With its steep cliffs and the steam from the hot springs rising here, there, and everywhere, the people who first saw the scene long ago gave it the name Jigokudani, or “Hell Valley.”

  • Outside View of Shibu Oyu Baths (Yamanouchi Town)

    Shibu Onsen has so many hot spring sources that people say hot water will come out of the ground as soon as you dig into it. Locals are proud of the springs’ abundance and quality, which is outstanding even within Nagano Prefecture, an area already regarded as a veritable kingdom of hot springs. The water at every inn and outside bath in Shibu comes 100% directly from the source. The constituents of the water vary depending on the source, allowing you to enjoy a variety of directly-sourced hot spring waters, such as reddish-brown water containing a lot of iron, cloudy water, water with a green mineral tint, and colorless, transparent water.

  • Iiyama Nanohana Park (Iiyama City)

    “An expanse of yellow flowers welcomes you.” Nanohana Park looks forward to your visit.

  • Oyu Baths (Nozawa Onsen Village)

    The Oyu baths are the symbol of Nozawa Onsen, located in the heart of the hot spring quarter, with Edo-period bathhouse architecture that retain its striking beauty even today. It is unclear when the baths originally opened, but the locals have called the baths here Soyu, or Village Baths, for some time.

  • Uenodaira Heights (Nozawa Onsen Village)

    Approximately 30 minutes by car from Nozawa Onsen. The Uenodaira Heights span the foot of Mt. Kenashi at an elevation of 1,650 meters. The area has an intriguing, mysterious landscape, filled with an exquisite primeval forest of beech trees. There is also a forest walking course, and a campground at Lake Sutaka, making this a great place to get close to the wonders of nature.

  • Shijuhachi Wetlands, Shiga Kogen

    This trekking course shows you the best of the Shiga Kogen highlands with a route that wanders the subalpine coniferous primeval forest and lakes of the region, which more than live up to the area’s reputation for natural beauty. There are many eye-catching sights on the way, such as the spectacular view from near the summit of Mt. Maeyama, the Maeyama Wetlands, Shibu Lake with its floating islands, the blossoming wetland plants of Shijuhachi-ike, and the emerald-green Onuma Pond.

Ueda, Saku, Komoro, Matsumoto, Azumino, Karuizawa

  • Ikenami Shotaro Sanada Taiheki-kan (Ueda City)

    Naoki Award winner Shotaro Ikenami (1923-1990) was a prolific author of period novels who had a strong interest in the Sanada clan, and published a number of works focusing on them and their history.

  • Ueda Castle Remains (Ueda City)

    Here, approximately one thousand cherry trees blossom as if to fill the remains of this famous Sengoku-era castle. Take in the sights of this spectacular scenery, such as the reflections of the blossoms in the water of the moat, or the contrast of cherry blossoms against the castle structures. (In spring)

  • Anraku-ji Temple Pagoda (Ueda City)

    Housing numerous national treasures, important cultural properties, and other cultural heritages of the Kamakura Period, Anraku-ji Temple is the oldest Zen temple in the Shinshu region and retains its historic essence to this day.

  • Pinkoro Jizo/Nozawa Naritayama Yakushi-ji Temple (Saku City)

    This jizo statue is said to grant longevity, and stands at the side of the gate to Nozawa Naritayama Yakushi-ji Temple. On the second Saturday of every month, the Nozawa Temple Gate Market takes place, where you can take in the lively atmosphere.

  • Nunobiki Kannon (Komoro City)

    Nunobiki Kannon is a Tendai-sect Buddhist temple said to have been established in the year 748 by commission of Emperor Shomu. Starting from the bank of the Chikuma River, climb the steep mountain path for about 15 minutes, and then, after passing through the temple gates, you’ll see the Kannon-do temple building, built on the side of a rocky mountain wall.

  • Komoro Castle Remains Kaiko-en Park (Komoro City)

    Kaiko-en is a park located on the site of the remains of Komoro Castle, which was also known as Hakatsuru Castle or Suigetsu Castle. At the historic Sannomon gate into the park, there is a large plaque bearing the text “Kaiko-en,” which is in the script of Iesato Tokugawa.

  • Matsumoto Castle(Matsumoto City)

    A magnificent 16th century castle known for its black walls. There is an exhibition of historical weapons. It is also famous as a wooden castle, which is rare in Japan.

  • Daio "WASABI"Farm (Azumino)

    A group of springs certified as one of the top 100 famous water sources from which snowmelt water from the Northern Alps springs. It has a low water temperature below 15 degrees even in midsummer and is also used for wasabi cultivation.