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Highlights around Azumino

1. Hotaka Shrine

6079 Hotaka, Azumino, Nagano | 9am–4:30pm

This shrine is famous for guarding the Japanese Northern Alps and known also as spot where one can pray for traffic safety and industrial prosperity. Mifune Matsuri festival takes place here every year on September 27, and a parade featuring five boats of varying sizes decorated with Hotaka dolls is held.

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2. Izumigo Hotel Ambient Azumino

2230 Hotakamaki, Azumino, Nagano

Izumigo Hotel Ambient Azumino overlooks Mount Jonendake, providing a relaxing retreat any time of year.

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3. Chihiro Art Museum

3358-25 Nishihara, Matsukawa, Kita-Azumi District, Nagano

The museum is located in the middle of the vast Azumino Chihiro Park (53,500㎡), which is surrounded by the Northern Alps, and where the clear water of the Chigawa River flows. Aside from learning about artist Chihiro Iwasaki's life and work, you can also discover other artists and illustrations from around the world. It is the perfect place to relax for a day, regardless of age.

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4. Azumino Art Hills Museum

8161-1 Ariake, Hotaka, Azumino, Nagano

Discover the charm of glass while enjoying a thrilling handcrafting experience. You can try your hand at various activities, from authentic glass working experiences to those more suited to small children.

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5. Alps Azumino National Government Park (Horigane-Hotaka district)

33-4 Horiganekarasugawa, Azumino, Nagano

This magnificent park in the heart of Shinshu Azumino region is filled with the abundance of nature. Enjoy grasslands, fields of flowers and ponds where butterflies and dragonflies hovery about creating a truly magical environment. Get a sense of Azumino's nature, culture and history through one of the hands-on learning programs.

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6. Daio Wasabi Farm

1692 Hotaka, Azumino city, Nagano

The only place you can experience the original flavor and natural color of real wasabi ice cream! Try your hand at making wasabi pickles and crafting handmade letters and stamps, or visit the penchant store and water-mill that featured in the movie "Dream" (1989) by director Akira Kurosawa. You can also enjoy the waters of Tatekawa, selected as one of the 100 famous water spots of Japan.

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7. Soba Kura

1692 Hotaka, Azumino, Nagano | 11am–3pm

This restaurant is located at Nagano's well-known Daio Wasabi Farm in Azumino. Freshly grated wasabi, green horseradish, and tasty miso soba made from Shinshu miso further enhance the flavor of the local Shinshu soba. A special soba sauce cooked from bonito stock is also served here. The bonito is from Yaizu fishing port, in Shizuoka Prefecture.

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8. Clear Boating at Azuminokisen

3640 Hotaka, Azumino, Nagano | 10am–2pm

A boat sightseeing experience on the waters of Azumino Yusuigun Park which was chosen as one of the 100 clear spring waters of Japan. While riding a boat you can experience the unique nature of the triple water mill, aquatic plants, fish, and dragonflies while traveling the river. There is no splashing so no change of clothes is required.

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