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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 Katsushika 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.


  • 1 Hokusai Museum (北斎館), 485 Obuse (In the centre of the restored town area, next to the bus parking area), +81 26-247-5206. Apr-Oct: 09:00-17:00, Nov-Mar: 09:30-16:30, closed on December 31 and January 1.. Displays works of the Edo-era artist Katsushika Hokusai. Adults ¥500; students ¥300.




1 San-Poo-Loh Restaurant and Terrace (小布施堂傘風楼), 500 Obuse Machi (Opposite the Hokusai Museum), +81 26-247-1113. 07:30-21:00. Temporarily Closed for COVID19. An elegant restaurant and coffee shop in the heart of Obuse. Italian food and fresh bread. Excellent service, delicious coffee, and delightful decor. Coffee ¥400; cappuccino ¥450; coffee and cake sets from ¥600.




Go next[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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