Lake Hijiri lies within Mt. Hijiri in Chikuma, Nagano. It is the uppermost reach of the Shibaki River, a tributary to the Ohta River. The view from the top of the mountain overlooking the lake is really beautiful.
Kamuriki-yama is a mountain in Chikuma, Nagano and is best known as the mountain where the legendary Obasute mountain story took place. In the story, the elderly (“oba”) was taken and thrown away (“sute”) in this mountain.
The Togura Merryland Swan Park in Chikuma, Nagano is an onsen known best for recreating the onsen ambiance of 1970s Japan. here are a variety of quiet and nice baths in a cavernous room, and a small outdoor bath. In the same building are a games arcade and clothing store where time seems to have stood still.
The Zuisho is the most expensive public bathhouse in the Togura Kamiyamada Onsen. Despite the price, it is the most well equipped with the greatest variety of baths. The separate male and female areas each have a large indoor bath decorated with colorful natural boulders. The indoor area also has a sauna, jet baths, and a cold freshwater bath. The outdoor bath area has elegant gardens and contains baths you can lie down in, baths you can recline in, a stone slab with hot water trickling over it that is great for lying on at any time of the year, a large, sheltered bath, and two or three large ceramic tub baths.
The Mori Anzu No Sato in Chikuma, Nagano is a famous attraction comprising of a collection of adjacent valleys containing numerous groves of apricot trees. The best time to view the blossoms is usually in early April.
The Togura Juku Kitty Park in Chikuma, Nagano is a park that has a great display of exquisite white cherry blossoms in spring. It is also a good place for a picnic, and there are play equipment for the kids. From the pavillion at the top of the park, one can see beautiful lawns and a nice view across the Chikuma River.
The Nagano Prefectural Museum of History in Chikuma, Nagano is a comprehensive museum with a permanent display room, a special exhibitions room, a library reading and reference room, a visual media room, and a lecture hall. It features priceless cultural artifacts that will help deepen the visitors’ understanding of the prefecture’s culture and history.
The Koshoku Furusato Cartoon Museum in Chikuma, Nagano is a cartoon museum featuring the works of Hidezo Kondo, a Koshoku-born political cartoonist. Aside from his works though, popular manga and anime are displayed in this museum.
The Kurashikan Museum in Chikuma, Nagano is a beautifully restored traditional building with a fascinating museum out the back. The house was originally built after the fire at the Zenkouji Temple at the end of the Edo Period. It has been rebuilt to represent a typical merchant-house of the day. It also houses an exhibition of folklore items of the people after the Edo period.
The Shuzo Collection Sake Museum in Chikuma, Nagano is a self-guided sake museum in an old brewery around the neighborhood. The traditional way of making sake in the area can be experienced first-hand in this museum. Next to it is a nice soba restaurant named Kaya.
The Togura Kamiyamada Onsen in Chikuma, Nagano is a hot spring town that is popular to pilgrims for being a relaxation stop on their way to and from the Zenkouji Temple. It is also famous for geishas, who can be seen in town partaking in local festivals or entertaining guests. All of these facets of the hot spring town are reflected in the museum.