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Nagano to Obuse Small-Group Cycle with Lunch, Onsen, and Temple Tour

Nagano to Obuse Small-Group Cycle with Lunch, Onsen, and Temple Tour - Kamitakai District, Japan

Duration: 7 hours
Location: Kamitakai District, Japan

From USD
$117.71

Soak up the beauty of Nagano's mountainous landscape while cycling your way to the historic town of Obuse, known for being the beloved town of the famous painter Hokusai. After arriving in Obuse, take a dip in a natural hot spring and stroll around town, discovering its shops and regional specialties.

If you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Japan’s mega cities and want to soak up the fresh air of the countryside, this tour is the right choice for you ... More info ›

Soak up the beauty of Nagano's mountainous landscape while cycling your way to the historic town of Obuse, known for being the beloved town of the famous painter Hokusai. After arriving in Obuse, take a dip in a natural hot spring and stroll around town, discovering its shops and regional specialties.

If you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Japan’s mega cities and want to soak up the fresh air of the countryside, this tour is the right choice for you. This tour offers you an opportunity to explore Nagano’s countryside through cycling, followed by a dip in a 100% natural hot spring and a visit to the historical town of Obuse.

Obuse is a town in Nagano where you can still feel the atmosphere of Japan’s Edo Period (1603-1867). Obuse is famous as the town where Hokusai Katsushika, world-famous Japanese artist known for his 36 Views of Mt. Fuji and for various other ukiyo-e paintings, spent the last years of his life. The town has developed into a tourist destination in the region and is full of small shops to explore.

You will meet up with your guide at Nagano Station at 8:45am. Take the train to Yudanaka Station, from where you will be taken to Kanbayashi Onsen, the starting point of your cycling adventure. Here you will get on your cycle and ride to Obuse for approximately 25 km (16 miles). On the way down, you will stop by some cultural spots, like an old onsen village or temple, and go past farmlands which will give you insight into local culture. The entire cycle is 3 hours of downhill or flat roads so it is a relatively easy cycle.

After reaching the town of Obuse, you take a break at Gansho-in Temple, where you get to see a huge painted phoenix on the ceiling, the last masterpiece of Hokusai.

Afterwards, you head to a hot spring (onsen in Japanese) where you will also eat lunch. The onsen you will visit is much beloved by the locals. Your guide will explain the bathing etiquette so you can enter without feeling lost*. The onsen has an outdoor bath with lovely view on the mountains. Having had your relaxing bath and Japanese lunch you head to the center of town to explore its attractions like a sake brewery, souvenir stores, or the Hokusai Art Museum (with additional fee).

The tour concludes at Obuse Station, you can either go back to Yudanaka Station or Nagano Station.

*Please bear in mind that the onsen is public and bathing suits are not allowed as per the Japanese custom. 

Tour itinerary:
9:30am: Meet at Nagano Station, from where you will head to the Snow Monkey area for cycling.
10am: The cycling tour begins. You will cycle to some cultural sites while enjoying the countryside and natural scenery.  You will learn all you want to know about local culture.
12:30pm: Arrival at the Gansho-in Temple. 
1:00pm: Head to the onsen house. 
2:00pm: After relaxing in the onsen, enjoy a Japanese lunch.
3:00pm: Leave the onsen house and head to the central area of Obuse where you can explore museums, souvenir shops, sake breweries, cafes, and much more.
4:15pm: Meet-up and head to the Obuse Station.
4:25pm: The tour concludes at Obuse Station. The train to Yudanaka departs at 4:28pm and the train to Nagano departs at 4:54pm.

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