What to do and see in Chikuma, Japan: The Best Places and Tips

January 25, 2018 Janette Largent

Chikuma was the second and last vessel in the Tone class of heavy cruisers in the Imperial Japanese Navy. The ship was named after the Chikuma River, in Nagano prefecture of Japan.
Restaurants in Chikuma

1. Obasute tanada (Terraced rice fields)

Chikuma, Nagano Prefecture +81 26-261-0300
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4 based on 69 reviews

Obasute tanada (Terraced rice fields)

Reviewed By Tyler-KameseiRyokan - Nagano

Nationally recognized traditional scenic spot, Obasute's terraced rice fields ('tanada') supposedly reflect the moon in the individual rice paddies. Easy access from Obasute Station on the JR Shinonoi Line between Matsumoto and Nagano cities. The platform serves as an observation deck, but it's a short walk down and through the fields. Historical Chorakuji Temple is half way down on the north side. Worth checking out for the recently redone thatched roofs, as well as the massive Uba-iwa boulder towering over it. Many haiku poets (Matsuo Bassho, Issa, etc.) and ukiyo-e artists (Hiroshige) came to see the moon reflecting in the fields. Nearby Obasute Mountain is named after the legend of the elderly being thrown away on the mountaintop. The fields are 10 minutes by car from Togura-Kamiyamada Onsen.

2. Joyama Historic Site Park (Arato Castle Remains)

3509-1 Kamiyamada, Chikuma 389-0822, Nagano Prefecture +81 26-275-6653
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4 based on 34 reviews

Joyama Historic Site Park (Arato Castle Remains)

Reviewed By bakatori - Singapore

Japanese Castles fascinate me. Especially original Castles. Arato is not a original castle. The reason why it was on my itinery because it is different from the normal Japanese castle.
Firstly, it is a located up in the mountain and secondly it does not have the usual body structure.
It is more like a watch-out post, built high up in the mountain to look out for signs of approaching enemies from afar.
I stayed at Togura Onsen the night before, the start of the climb was near a car park which is about 10 mins away from my ryokan. It was the uphill walk that was painful and torturous. It took me about 1 hour to reach the top. Out of breath, out of words.
Admission at 9:00am, when I reached, it was about 7:45am. Nothing else to do except to sit on the slope and wait out. Luckily for me, the friendly gate keeper arrived at about 8:15 and let me in promptly. "Ticket?" "Later." He replied and moved up ahead of me to open up the gates. 
Nice quiet place with a nice quiet view of the Chikuma River and the Togura Onsen Town beneath. As it rained heavily the whole of yesterday and yesternight, at first the whole place was shrouded in mist. Visibility of the Mountains across was zero. I decided to wait it out. True enough, the sun's heat soon dissipated most of the mist. With only a trace of the mist hanging over the mountain ridges, the view was beautiful albeit with a hint of melanchony. 
Old Castles ruins always bring a sense of loss and regret to me. History of the glory it used to enjoy, and the eventual decline which led to the inevitable fate of destruction.  
Admission fee for the ruin is 300¥. 
Worth coming for the view, and experience a totally different type of Japanese Castle. 

3. Obasute Service Area Kudari Lookout

7608-2 Yawata, Chikuma 387-0023, Nagano Prefecture
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4 based on 21 reviews

Obasute Service Area Kudari Lookout

Reviewed By hosakin - 福岡

年末の帰省シーズンに利用。高台から眺める善光寺平・北信五岳が素晴らしい。広場には雪がうっすら降り積もっていました。家族連れで雪遊びや犬の散歩に適。駐車場は混雑気味。義母や姑の置き去り、迷子に要注意。

4. Public Bath Manyo, Ultrasound Onsen

1125 Isobe, Chikuma 389-0806, Nagano Prefecture
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4 based on 21 reviews

Public Bath Manyo, Ultrasound Onsen

Reviewed By Tyler-KameseiRyokan - Nagano

Not sure where that 'ultrasound' came from. The name in Japanese is 'cho-onpa' which means 'supersonic'. Anyways, genuine bathhouse with extra-hot water. Great footbath out front, too. (Also hot water.)

5. Shinshu Anzu no Sato Aguri Park

515-1 Yashiro, Chikuma 387-0007, Nagano Prefecture +81 26-273-4346
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4 based on 17 reviews

Shinshu Anzu no Sato Aguri Park

Reviewed By 本陣 - Toyota, Japan

みかん園は有料ですが、ソフトクリームがついてきますので、テーブルに座ってソフトクリームやソフトドリンクを飲みながらゆっくりできます。大きなサボテンが植わっているのも楽しいところです。

6. Obasute Station

Obasute Yawata, Chikuma 387-0023, Nagano Prefecture
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4 based on 10 reviews

Obasute Station

Reviewed By 鮎川しいな - 東京

姥捨駅はスイッチバック駅なので、ちょっと長めに5分くらい停車します。ゆえに、停車時間中にホームに出て眺望を楽しんだり、写真を撮ったりすることができます。
もっとゆっくり楽しみたいという人は、時刻表をよく調べて行って下さい。おおむね1時間に1本という感じです。1時間程度なら、棚田の眺めを楽しみ、芭蕉ゆかり付近のお寺を訪ねて、駅周辺を散策することが十分可能です。周辺に飲食店はありません。駅の待合室に音声観光ガイドがあります。

7. Sanada Treasure Museum

4-1 Matsushiromachimatsushiro, Nagano 381-1231, Nagano Prefecture +81 26-278-2801
Excellent
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4 based on 79 reviews

Sanada Treasure Museum

Reviewed By Simone R - Melbourne, Australia

Matsushiro was possibly more popular than it usually is when we visited it, thanks to the NHK drama 'Sanada Maru', currently airing on TV. The exhibition at the museum was in relation to the drama. The museum had some great artefacts on display, especially the three armour sets we got to see. Sadly, only the labels and the introductory panel were translated into English, so you were stuck understanding what the artefacts were in relation to if you knew nothing of the history. It was only that we'd previously read up on the history of Yukimura Sanada that we had some idea, my average Japanese skills were failing me when I was trying to read the interpretation panels.
You can buy a discount pass that includes entry to Sanada House and the Literary School which makes it a worthwhile couple of hours of sightseeing.

8. Nishizawa Museum of Piggy Banks

3-10-5 Kamiyamadaonsen, Chikuma 389-0821, Nagano Prefecture +81 26-213-4612
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4 based on 5 reviews

Nishizawa Museum of Piggy Banks

Reviewed By 本陣 - Toyota, Japan

江戸時代から現代までの貯金箱の推移も見て取れます。
江戸時代の木製貯金箱はお賽銭箱のようなものでした。
昭和の貯金箱はその当時にはやったキャラクターが主流で懐かしさでいっぱいです。

9. Anzu no Sato Tourist Center

1406-1 Mori, Chikuma, Nagano Prefecture +81 26-272-0114
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3.5 based on 7 reviews

Anzu no Sato Tourist Center

Reviewed By Mitch2001 - 千葉

5月だったのであんずの花を見ることはできませんでしたが、全体を眺めて満開の頃はさぞ綺麗なことだろうと想像できました。6月下旬から7月中旬にかけてはあんずの実が取れ頃になるとのこと。その時期にあんず狩りを楽しむのもなかなか良さそうで、合わせていろいろなイベントも開かれると聞きました。

Nagano, Nagano Prefecture +81 26-286-4621
Excellent
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4.5 based on 67 reviews

Matsushiro

Reviewed By DAVID V - Bangkok, Thailand

Easy to get to outside of Nagano, remains of the castle and about 6 old Samurai houses, its a great half day side trip

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