Spring

Recommended Restaurants near the Norikura Kogen Tourist Center!

Those who are going from Matsumoto to Mt. Norikura (Tatamidaira) have to transfer buses at the transport hub N-29 Norikura Kogen Tourist Center. There are probably people who are looking for a place to eat as they arrived exactly at lunch time or they are waiting for the next bus to come. For tourists who are experiencing a bit of trouble because they are unsure whether the place they are looking at is an actually restaurant or just somebody’s house, or they don’t know what’s on the menu, we are going to introduce 3 of our recommended restaurants near the Norikura Kogen Tourist Center.

Reliving the time of samurai and warlords on the Nakasendo Road

Within the forested Kiso Valley in Nagano Prefecture lies part of an historical route that dates back to a time when samurai and geisha walked the streets and Japan was ruled by a fearsome shogun (military dictator). This route is called the Nakasendo or literally “Central Mountain Road”.

The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is not the only place with a snow wall!

There are probably a lot of people who hear the term “snow wall” and immediately think “Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route”. But there are actually several other places in Japan besides the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route that have snow walls. The snow walls I would like to introduce this time, are the snow walls of Norikura in the Nagano Prefecture.

Travel to World Heritage Sites with the Three-Star Route Ticket

With the Three-Star Route Ticket, you can see the best Japan has to offer in an easy and relaxing way by bus. For those of you who have already been to places like Tokyo, Kyoto etc., this ticket is a great way to experience a different side of Japan.

Hiking the 5 shrines trail in Togakushi

Untouched by the busyness of everyday life, Togakushi is a sacred spiritual spot located on Mt. Togakushi blessed with abundant nature and a rich culture that is thousands of years old. With direct bus access from Nagano Station, you’ll get there in only an hour!

A slice of Japan’s Kawaii Pop culture in rural Japan with much loved local character Nagisa Endo

Japan’s rich subculture is renowned around the world and consists of anime, anime characters and other forms o・・・

An interview with a bilingual tour guide for a bus bound for Kamikochi

“Conducting bus tours as a bilingual tour guide was my calling”, says Evangeline Kawakami who came to Japan se・・・

A journey through Yayoi Kusama’s birthplace on the world’s only “art-on-wheels”.

In front of Matsumoto Station, there’s one bus that stands out from its surroundings. Covered in polka dots, t・・・

Photographer Hisanori Sasahara’s ten-year love affair with the unique beauty of Kamikochi’s landscape

“Photographing Kamikochi has changed my life”, said photographer Hisanori Sasahara who has been visiting the K・・・