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Obuse is a town in Nagano Prefecture.


Obuse is famous as the home of the Hokusai Museum. It houses works by the Edo-era woodblock artist Kastsushika Hokusai, well known for his Thirty-Six Views of Mt Fuji. He lived in Obuse when in his 70s, and produced many brush paintings during that time.

Get in[edit]

Take the Nagano Dentetsu railway from Nagano station to Obuse station (24 minutes/¥750 by limited express, 33 minutes/¥650 by local train).

Get around[edit]

The old town area is very compact and flat, and easy to walk around.

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  • Hokusai Museum (北斎館), 485 Obuse (In the centre of the restored town area, next to the bus parking area), 026-247-5206, [1]. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. for the months of April through October, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. for the months of November through March, closed on December 31 and January 1.. Displays works of the Edo era artist Katsushika Hokusai. Adults ¥500; school students ¥300.  edit

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  • Obusession, Venue varies, 026-247-7511, [2]. A monthly gathering to share knowledge, experiences, food and drink. Held on the 11th of January, 2nd of February, 3rd of March, 4th April etc. [email protected] Adults ¥5000.  edit

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Country Kitchen San-Poo-Loh (カントリーキッチン傘風楼), 500 Obuse Machi (Opposite the Hokusai Museum), 026-247-1113, [3]. 0730-2100. An elegant restaurant and coffee shop in the heart of Obuse. Italian food and fresh bread. Excellent service, delicious coffee, and delightful decor. Regular coffee ¥400; Cappucino ¥450; coffee and cake sets from ¥600.  edit

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Get out[edit]

  • Chikuma - take the Shinano railway south from Nagano City to Chikuma or Togura stations and explore the onsens, mountains and temples of this small city straddling the picturesque Chikuma River
  • Yamanouchi - home of the famous hot-spring soaking snow monkeys.
  • Joshinetsu Kogen National Park - which includes Shiga Kogen, Japan's largest ski resort, host of 1998 Nagano Winter Olympic Giant Slalom, with 21 interlinked ski fields and over 70 lifts.
  • Matsumoto - home of the famous black castle, whose gardens and views are a delight in spring and autumn
  • Kiso Valley - through which winds the historic Nakasendo (Mountain Road) with numerous historic and beautifully restored villages
  • Hakuba - some of the best ski fields in Japan and great summer hiking along the spectacular northern alps
  • Azumino - Spice up your life with a visit to one of Japan's most famous wasabi farms
  • Nagano - Take a pilgrimage to Zenkoji Temple

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