Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Picturesque Matsumoto (2) – Norikura Snow Wall –

Impressive snow walls will greet you at the top of Nagano prefecture's Mt. Norikura. Thanks to the stable climate on the mountain, you can enjoy skiing even from May until August. The snow corridor is...

Picturesque Matsumoto (6) – Matsumoto Castle –

Matsumoto Castle is one of the oldest original castles still remaining in Japan. Besides being designated as a "National Treasure of Japan" and its beautiful surroundings, the castle holds an immeasurable historical value for...

Visit the Origin of Ninja (2) : Museums and a Ninja Trick House

After accomplishing a tranquil mind like a ninja, we moved on to the ninja house! Just across the road from the entrance from Okusha, we arrived at the Togakushi Folk Museum, Togakushi Ninja Museum and...

Marvellous Mingei : Matsumoto Hotel Kagetsu

Mingei, meaning the art of the people, is a style that is born from the local people's everyday lifestyle, making it a product of nature and tradition. Items made in the Mingei style of...

Picturesque Matsumoto (1) – Hiking in Beautiful Kamikochi –

Some of the best hiking trails in all of Japan are in the Japanese Alps in Nagano Prefecture. You can make it as adventurous as you want, climb a high mountain or take a...

Visit the Origin of Ninja (3) : Ninja Soba

Togakushi Soba Yamaguchiya On the way back from the hill, we visited Yamaguchiya Soba restaurant. They specialize in making Togakushi Soba with a unique concept. The recommended menu is Ninja Soba (cold soba with shredded...

Matsumoto Must Try Delicacies

Matsumoto City is probably most well-known overseas for its historic castle, the Matsumoto Castle, which is over 400 years old and a National Treasure of Japan. Nagano's second largest city also has lots else...

Restaurant Train: Rokumon from Nagano to Karuizawa

Some people in Japan are fans of trains. Some are fans of ekiben, which means bento usually bought at train stations to be eaten on the train. Now, there is a new breed of fans...

Visit the Origin of Ninja (4) : Kids’ Ninja Village

Kids’ Ninja Village Togakushi is well-known as the origin of ninja, so we visited the Kids’ Ninja Village, where children and even adults can dress up like a real ninja! Ninja costume rental is available...

Traditional Meets Modernity at Hoshino Resorts

Founded as a silk business in Karuizawa, Nagano, in 1904, Hoshino opened its first hotel in 1914, taking the name Hoshino Onsen Ryokan. The simple idea was to create an experience that combined modern...