Nagano Prefecture with its plenty of nature, history and culture is
a must for tourism. Take a look at the hightlights of this interesting
area with a selction of tours departing from Hakuba.
Contact Mominoki Hotel to book those tours.
||Hakuba Jumping Stadium
Japan's most famous ski jump stadium located at the base of Happo-One
Ski Resort. Hakuba hosted the Ski Jumping events for the 1998 Winter
Olympic Games as well as various World Cup events. Take the chair
lift and elevator to the top of the 90-meter and 120-meter jump and
feel the thrill of being a ski jumper.
In Japan there are only four castles that have been designated as
National Treasures and Matsumoto Castle is one of these. The five-storied
donjon is one of the oldest castle structures extant in Japan. Construction
of the main donjon began in 1592 when warlords around the country
struggled for dominance. Matsumoto City Museum located next to the
castle has various displays relating to archaeology, history, and
folklore of the surrounding region. These exhibits vividly show the
daily life and culture of the past.
Zenkoji Temple, designated a national treasure, has a history of over
1400 years and is a must see place. It is one of Japanﾕs most revered
temples and houses the first image of Buddha brought to Japan in the
7th century. The Buddha image has been kept hidden from the public
since 654 and only every six years is a duplicate of image is displayed
to the public. The roof of the Main Hall is the largest hinoki-thatched
roof in Japan and the streets surrounding the temple are lined with
lantern lit shops and tiered roofed stalls and galleries.
||Jigokudani Monkey Hot Springs
Jigokudani monkey hot springs is situated nearby Kambayashi Onsen
at the base of Shiga Kogen. This unique area is home to about 200
wild monkeys who spend their days soaking in the natural hot springs,
keeping warm from the harsh winter. The park was opened in 1964 and
is considered to be the only place in the world to see snow monkeys
bathing in the wild. With their thick fur coats, almost human-like
faces, and their deep, soulful eyes, the snow monkeys have won the
hearts of people worldwide.
Obuse is a historic town located 30 minutes outside of Nagano City,
well-known for itﾕs chestnuts and sake, and most importantly home
to the famous Japanese artist Hokusai and the museum dedicated to
his works. Rare paintings and other works by the master of ukiyo-e
woodblock prints, Hokusai Katsushika, are displayed in the museum.
The beautifully preserved 240 years old Masuichi Sake Brewery next
to the museum is also a great place to visit. Sample a glass of Sake
and enjoy a traditional Japanese lunch in the breweryﾕs superb restaurant.