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Nagano(Matsumoto)

The Shoryudo is located in the very center of Japan. The Shoryudo offers regional sightseeing routes that provide the best this region has to offer, with themes that include “mountains”, starting with Mt. Fuji, Japan’s most famous mountain; “food and famous sake brands” that are produced by the region’s abundance of clean water; history and traditional cultures shaped by the “samurai”; and “manufacturing” that is the creation and the...

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Matsumoto castle is located in the Matsumoto city in Nagano Prefecture, where the Winter Olympic was held in 1998. The city is also renowned by a famous orchestra named “Saito Kinen Orchestra” and the home town of its festival. Matsumoto castle is listed as a National Treasure of Japan. In Japan only 4 castles are listed as National Treasure, which are Himeji Castle, Inuyama Castle, Hikone Castle and the Matsumoto Castle. Matsumoto...

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INAKAYA Soba Restaurant is located just 5 minutes walk from Hotaka Station. Hotaka Station is about 30 minutes train ride  from Matsumoto City by Oito lines. INAKAYA is in original Japanese Old House set up,  we will see many like this around Azumino area. Enter from sliding shoji door which is very low, so please be careful not hitting your head. But it is very open inside, ceiling is 3 stories high. Special menu at INAKAYA is...

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KURA or sometimes called DOZO is a traditional Japanese store house built from timber, stone or clay used to safely store valuable commodities. It is protected by 3 tier of very thick doors looks like Bank’s Safe door. There are two more sliding doors inside. It is not only interesting to see very well maintained KURA, but also great experience eating inside of KURA. KURA Sushi-Ei is a popular lunch place for office workers who...

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    There used to be many Jazz Cafes in 70’s ~ 80’s in Japan with huge Jazz vinyl collection. Japanese is such a enthusiastic about Jazz and there are many serious vinyl collectors. They are usually serious audio lover too. M-Gate is such Jazz Cafe located in small town called Matsukawa-mura in Nagano. M-gate is located within walking distance from Matsukawa Station. It takes about 45 minutes from Matsumoto by...

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The Japan Ukiyo-e Museum was established in 1982 by Mr. Tokichi Sakai, who is the 10th generation of Sakai Family. The Sakai collection is internationally known for the collection of c.a.          a hundred thousand ukiyo-e prints, paitings, scrolls, old books and modern contemporary prints. The Sakai collection extends back for five generations from the present CEO to Yoshiaki Sakai (sixth generation, 1776-1842) who was the second...

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