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

December 28, 2017 Phylicia Berquist

Discover the best top things to do in Chino, Japan including Kurumayama Highland, Kitayatsugatake Rope Way, Mishakaike Pond, Otome Falls, Tateshina, Yokoya Gorge, Togariishi Jomon Archaeological Museum, Suwa Shrine Kamishamaemiya, Pilatus Tateshina Ski Resort, Lake Shirakaba.
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1. Kurumayama Highland

3413 Kitayama, Chino 391-0301, Nagano Prefecture +81 266-68-2626
Excellent
41%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
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1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 273 reviews

Kurumayama Highland

Kurumayama-kogen Highland Visit Mount Kurumayama summit where the breathtaking views of Japan’s finest Mountains awaits you, from the Yatsugatake Mountains and Mount Fuji to the Southern, Central, and Northern Alps.

Reviewed By Vanessa Y - Tokyo, Japan

At first, we thought the fee to use the ski lift up to the top, was a little steep (1600 yen return) but, changed our minds having finally reached the very top. The lift seats 3 comfortably. It was a longer journey than expected, too. There aren't any toilets at the summit, but at the second stage, where you change ski lifts, there are - but, expect to line up for the ladies ... as everyone thinks the same thing - better to be safe than sorry. There is also a cafe there ... but, nothing at the top.
We had perfect blue skies and when we reached the summit, we were spoilt with a magnificent 360 degrees view and could even see Mt. Fuji, faintly but clearly in the distance.
If we had more time and it was summer (October is a little chilly and everything is a bit dry - not green) a walk around the main area would be nice. It looked great for trekking - an easy course ... a sunrise must be something to see, as well.
It might also be good to walk all the way back down the hill, if you didn't want to spend so much money for the lift and had time.
We will definitely come back in summer, for that ...

2. Kitayatsugatake Rope Way

4035-2541 Kitayama, Chino 391-0301, Nagano Prefecture +81 266-67-2009
Excellent
34%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 187 reviews

Kitayatsugatake Rope Way

Superb view of the Japan Alps! The northern Yatsugatake ropeway ranges between Kita Yokodake and Mt.Yatsugatake located at the northern tip of Yatsugatake, and runs about 466 m in height from the mountain foot station (altitude 1,771 m) to the summit station (2,237 m) in about 7 minutes . Meanwhile, a sky trip overlooking the ever-changing mountain landscape in front of you is a powerful full mark

Reviewed By Sunny_world_traveler - Nagoya, Japan

This ropeway gondola costs 900yen single trip, 1800yen for return (there are multiple or oneday tickets as well), and it runs every 20 min. (This ropeway stops operation from 2nd of April - 27 April for checkups.)
Maybe two different reasons to take this gondola in winter season. Skiing / snowboarding or hiking. I took this gondola to climb Mt. Kita Yokodake.
It is 7min ride, but you can enjoy awesome view of North, Central, and South Alps, and Mt. Tateshina.
You can go to 2237m high effortless using this ropeway, and start climbing Mt.Kita yokodake. It takes about 1hour and half to climb the mountain. In winter, you need crampons and proper winter hiking wears.
I rented snowshoes (2000yen) before I get on the ropeway, and enjoyed snowshoeing as well.
It is not cheap, but not that expensive compared to similar ropeways.

3. Mishakaike Pond

Tateshina, Kitayama, Chino 391-0301, Nagano Prefecture
Excellent
39%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 153 reviews

Mishakaike Pond

Reviewed By wandering-soprano - Tokyo

If you love to spend some time in peace, this is the place. There's not much "attraction", just this smallish, pretty lake, the trees, quiet... Great place to just stop, admire the view and perhaps have a picnic or do some sketching or photo-taking.

4. Otome Falls

Kitayama, Chino 391-0301, Nagano Prefecture
Excellent
33%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
16%
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4 based on 66 reviews

Otome Falls

Reviewed By wandering-soprano - Tokyo

If it experienced recent rainfall, you can see a waterfall somewhat more vigorous than the name "otome" (a virgin) suggests! You can just go see this waterfall, or take a walk along the gorge. Either way, it is very refreshing and I highly recommend it!

5. Tateshina

Chino, Nagano Prefecture +81 266-67-2222
Excellent
32%
Good
57%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
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4 based on 59 reviews

Tateshina

Reviewed By Tyler-KameseiRyokan - Nagano

If you go in the winter, make sure to check the weather. This area tends to get some pretty deep snow. But there are some classy ryokans here that are worth the trip.

6. Yokoya Gorge

Kitayama, Chino, Nagano Prefecture
Excellent
23%
Good
57%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
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4 based on 71 reviews

Yokoya Gorge

Reviewed By chaco_11 - 朝霞市

水量いっぱいの「乙女の滝」を見てから、遊歩道を歩きました。いくつもの滝に出会い、緑の木々の中、川のせせらぎを聴きながら・・・よかった~。

7. Togariishi Jomon Archaeological Museum

4734-132 Toyohira, Chino 391-0213, Nagano Prefecture +81 266-76-2270
Excellent
47%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 42 reviews

Togariishi Jomon Archaeological Museum

Reviewed By K53S328

Many clay objects made here 2,000-4,000 years ago are exhibited in this small museum. Two magical and abstract clay figures, Venus in JYOUMON period and Goddess with mask, are Japanese national treasures. If you see them, you may touch Japanese wild sprite behind pure arts like UKIYO-E in Japan.
The museum is far from Tokyo and in an inconvenient location but this district near it has various historical tourist spots including SUWA shrine. You may be able to make a optional travel plan to visit the impressive spots in the district.

8. Suwa Shrine Kamishamaemiya

2030 Miyagawa, Chino 391-0013, Nagano Prefecture +81 266-72-1606
Excellent
21%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
32%
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 46 reviews

Suwa Shrine Kamishamaemiya

Reviewed By 待兼山 - Osaka Prefecture, Japan

上諏訪にある諏訪大社上社から徒歩で20分ほど。峠をこえて歩きます。鳥居の前に社務所があります。鳥居からは小高い丘を登っていきます。神社のまわりに4本の御柱が建てられています。神社の左手に渓流が流れています。もともとの諏訪大社。建っている場所じたい、聖地であることを感じます。

9. Pilatus Tateshina Ski Resort

4035-2541 Kitayama, Chino 391-0301, Nagano Prefecture +81 266-67-2009
Excellent
22%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
4%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 50 reviews

Pilatus Tateshina Ski Resort

Reviewed By wizzardthing - Bali

Good places to enjoy snow and ski while visiting Tokyo. Approximately 2,5 hours from Shinjuku station to Chino station by express train. There is a shuttle bus to pickup as well.

10. Lake Shirakaba

Kitayama Ikenotaira, Chino 391-0301, Nagano Prefecture
Excellent
9%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
46%
Poor
7%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 164 reviews

Lake Shirakaba

Lake Shirakaba-ko is an artificial lake that is up to 9 meters (30 ft.) deep and 1,416 meters (4,645 ft.) above sea level.

Reviewed By Tyler-KameseiRyokan - Nagano

So many activities for families to enjoy, and year-round, too. Ike-no-taira hotel's family-friendly outdoor onsen bath is supposedly the largest in Nagano.

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