Kamaike surrounded by Japanese beech trees

Located at an altitude of 1,190m, Kamaike was given its name because its shape resembles a sickle. There is a 2km pathway around the pond that takes about 40 minutes to complete. Many people come to see the upside-down autumn leaves reflected in the pond during the autumn leaf season. The best time for viewing is mid-October in most years. The fresh green season is also recommended.
(50 minutes by car from the hotel)



A cherry blossom tour in the most beautiful village in Japan

Ogawa, a village in northern Nagano prefecture, is a member of the Association of The Most Beautiful Villages in Japan.
The coming of spring brings the village's beauty to a new level.
The village is especially famous as the home of "Bansho no Sakura," a roughly 70-year-old Plena Rosea, "Nitanda no Sakura," which blooms proudly on a mountain slope, and also the breathtaking view of the snow remaining on the mountain tops of the Northern Alps.
"Nitanda no Sakura" is currently half in bloom as of April 7th, and "Bansho no Sakura" will likely have its best appearance on April 13th.
The best time for visiting is mid to late April.
(30 minutes by car from the hotel)
The final picture is of "Nodaira no Ipponsakura," which was introduced last time.
(20 minutes by car from the hotel)



A single cherry tree in the midst of a winter landscape.

A single cherry tree stands on a hill in the village of Nodaira. During the season when its cherry blossoms are in bloom, the place is famous for its composition in which the background is the remaining snow on Shirouma Sanzan. However, the figure of the tree entwined in snow, appearing together with the starry sky, is a sight that is also beautiful and recommended. The best time to go see the cherry blossoms is typically towards the end of April.
(20 minutes by car from the hotel)



Terraced Rice Fields and the Magnificent Northern Alps

In Hakuba Village, there is a small settlement nestled halfway up the mountain called "Aoni Hamlet." Old Japanese-style houses built from the Edo to Meiji period are clustered together, and it was even selected as a traditional architectures preservation district where you can experience a trip to the past.
Located there is also one of "Japan's 100 Best Terraced Rice Fields", with a panoramic view of the rice fields, hamlet and the Northern Alps spread out.
(20 minutes by car from the hotel)



Rice field art

Using seedling of ancient rice varieties that grow to have leaves and spikes that turn green, purple, yellow, etc., they are planted in organized rows so that when they grow, a drawing pattern or letters would show up on the paddy field. Many of them are designed and planted to be looked from diagonally upward. You can see the perfectly calculated rice field art from a approx. 6 m tall special observatory for seeing it. (Admission fee required)
This time, the theme is Kankuro Nakamura, who acts a role on TV as the marathon runner who ran in the Olympics for the first time as a Japanese. The observatory will be open until September 28th.
(60 minutes by car from the hotel)