Make Kamesei Ryokan your base for exploring Nagano Prefecture.
Here are the top 10 day-trips most popular with our guests.
Zenkoji Temple, Nagano City
- Must Visit
The name “Togakushi” refers to a tale related to Japan’s creation myth, appropriate for the area’s mystical atmosphere. Perhaps the place best suited for feeling the spiritual power is the trail to Okusha, the Inner Shrine. It is lined by ancient cedar trees that give a distinct vibe of the power of nature. Togakushi is also famous for soba noodles, and there is something extra-special about the noodles prepared with the highland’s clear water and clean mountain air. Togakushi hides one other secret: the eponymous Togakure-ryu ninjas. Many of our guests have come back from the Togakushi Ninja Village gushing that it was more fun than USJ!
- History Lovers
The Roof of Japan – Kamikochi, Utsukushigahara and a variety of Ropeways and Gondolas
One of Nagano’s biggest draws are its many mountains. The Prefecture is not only home to all three of the Japanese Alps ranges (Northern, Central and Southern), but has Shiga Kogen and the “5 Northern Nagano Peaks”. Everywhere you go in Nagano you will see mountains! Many of our guests visit Nagano, taking a ropeway or gondola car to the top of the mountains, then come down to relax at our inn.
Mountain Climbing and Trekking
Shinshu Wine Valley
Nagano's wineries have been gaining attention on the global stage lately, and we are fortunate to have several "Wine Valleys" in our vicinity.
The eastern section of the Chikuma River Wine Valley is perhaps most famous for the collection of wineries in Tomi City, while Chateau Mercian's new Mariko Winery in the hills above Ueda City has already made the global Top 50 list.
The northern reaches of the Chikuma River Wine Valley includes the highly-acclaimed Kusunoki Winery in Suzaka (the chardonnay is a life-changer!) and the picturesque St. Cousair Winery in Iizuna town
Apricot Village and Fruit Picking
- Nature Lovers
Fabled Moon-Reflecting Obasute Rice Terraces *Japan Heritage Site*
The Obasute Rice Terraces are a quick 10 minutes by car from Kamesei Ryokan. They are located on a slope at the base of the 1252-meter tall Mt. Kamuriki which towers over our city. The mountain is nicknamed “Obasute Mountain”, refering to the ancient legend about abandoning elderly people on the mountaintop. From ancient times, the area at the foot of the mountain has been renowned for its stunning views of the moon, especially a phenomenon known as “Tagoto no Tsuki” where the moon reflects in the individual rice paddies. In October 2020, Obasute was designated a Japan Heritage site for the moon-viewing story.
Bonus: The Snow Monkeys at Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park