NAGANO Suwa

LAKE SUWA, NAGANO : TRAVEL GUIDE (BUDGET + ITINERARY) 2019

Suwa, Nagano is an underrated magnificence. This can be a place with a history and mythology just as dramatic as its surroundings.  I felt the change of tempo as quickly as I arrived here. Suwa has this tranquil environment, the town is brimming with temples, forest-fringed mountains, and an enormous lake in the coronary heart of the town that’s good for a laidback stroll. Certainly, it looks like a spot where the gods reside.

Within the guide “The Esoteric Codez: Demons and Deities of Wind and Sky” by Rocco Granvil, it’s mentioned that native legends converse of a certain god who arrived and resided in Suwa, solely to face resistance from local deities. Considered one of them is Moreya, armed with a kagi (iron weapon),  challenged the overseas newcomer armed with a wisteria vine however ended up being defeated. The outsider  then turned Suwa-myojin, the  chief god of the region. A standard identify for the gods enshrined in Suwa Taisha Shrine because the middle ages is Suwa-myojin or Suwa-daimyojin.

Suwa city was developed as a citadel town beneath the Tokugawa shogunate in the course of the Edo period. Kamisuwa village (former identify of Suwa) was established in the course of the post-Meiji restoration, ultimately merging with Shiga and Toyoda to type the present metropolis – Suwa.

I was fortunate sufficient to discover Suwa throughout our Nagano journey.  Should you never visited before, I’ve prepared a Suwa journey guide with itinerary and sample price range under that will help you.


SUWA TRAVEL GUIDE


BEST TIME TO VISIT SUWA, NAGANO


Suwa has scorching and humid summers and usually delicate winter. Greatest time to go to Suwa, Nagano is through the fireworks pageant held every August 15, and in addition, throughout winter, spring, and autumn.

JAPAN VISA: Most residents of Southeast Asian nations together with Filipinos need a visa to enter Japan.  In case you are a Philippine Passport holder, you’ll be able to learn my detailed Japan Visa Information HERE

WI-FI: I often use a pocket Wi-Fi during my keep in Japan.  It’s good for up to 5 units directly. It was fairly reliable, you possibly can decide it up at the airport upon your arrival.

RESERVE HERE

ELECTRICITY: Suwa uses 2 electric plugs, Sort A and Sort B. In the event you’re from the Philippines, we use the identical sort of power plug, so I didn’t want to make use of my journey adapter. For other nationalities, greatest to deliver  a journey adapter. Japan commonplace voltage is 100 V and 50 HZ.

CURRENCY AND ATMS IN SUWA, NAGANO: Like the rest of Japan, Japanese Yen (¥) is used.  Cash is extensively accepted particularly by small institutions. Stack up cash (¥) when visiting.  However in case it is advisable to withdraw, there are ATMs sprinkled in Suwa, Nagano. I recommend using 7-Eleven ATMs because they’re good for international playing cards.


HOW TO GET TO SUWA CITY


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BY AIR

INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ACCESS

In case you’re coming from the Philippines or other South East Asian Nations, there’s no direct flight to Suwa or any of the key cities in Nagano.  It’s a must to fly either to Tokyo (and make your approach to Shinjuku Station) or Nagoya.

So listed here are your choices:


FROM TOKYO


Haneda Worldwide Airport -> Shinjuku Station -> (then see Tokyo to Suwa by practice under)

1.Keikyu-Kuko Line to Shinagawa

2.Switch to Yamanote Line from Shinagawa to Shinjuku

Fare: ¥610 (₱286 – $5.51 – SGD 8 – MYR 23)

Journey time: Roughly  70 mins

Narita Worldwide Airport -> Shinjuku Station -> (then see Tokyo to Suwa by practice under)

    1. Keisei Skyliner or JR Narita Categorical to Nippori
    2. From Nippori transfer to Yamanote Line to Shinjuku

Fare: ¥1,230 (₱577 – $11 – SGD 15 – MYR 46) to ¥three,190 (₱1,497 – $28 – SGD 39 – MYR 120)

Travel time: Roughly  91 minutes – 112 mins


FROM NAGOYA


Chubu International Airport -> To Nagoya (then see Nagoya to Suwa by practice under)

1.From Centrair Japan International Airport take Meitetsu Mu – SKY Limited Categorical practice in the direction of Meitetsu Nagoya

Fare: ¥1,230 (₱577 – $11 – SGD 15 – MYR 46 )

Travel time: Roughly  33 mins – 44 mins


DOMESTIC AIRPORT ACCESS (VIA MATSUMOTO)


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Shinshu Matsumoto Airport in Nagano serves domestic flights, there are 3 airports in Japan related to it:

FROM FUKUOKA: Flight time 110 minutes.

FROM SAPPORO: Flight time 90 minutes

FROM OSAKA: Flight time 60 minutes.


BY TRAIN


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Suwa City is situated on the JR Chuo Line, offering quick access from Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya.


TOKYO TO SUWA (LAKE SUWA)


  1. From Shinjuku Station (JR Line) in Tokyo, take the Restricted Categorical Azusa to Kami-Suwa Station.
  2. Get off at Kami-Suwa Station, and take Suwako Exit (West).

Fare: ¥5,870 (₱ 2,758 – $53 – SGD 72 – MYR 221)

Travel Time: Approximately 2.5 hours


NAGOYA TO SUWA, NAGANO


  1. From Nagoya Station, take a Restricted Categorical Shinano
  2. Alight at Shinano.
  3. Switch to Restricted Categorical Azusa.
  4. Get off at Kami-suwa Station.

Fare: ¥7,260 (₱ 3,408 – $65 – SGD 90  – MYR 274 )

Journey Time: Roughly 189 minutes – 219 mins


OSAKA TO SUWA, NAGANO


1.From Shin-Osaka Station, take a  shinkansen to Nagoya.

2.Transfer to Restricted Categorical Shinano

3.Alight at Shinano.

four.Switch to Restricted Categorical Azusa.

5.Get off at Kami-Suwa Station.

Fare: Begins at ¥11,030 (₱ 5,777 – $100 – SGD 136 – MYR 415)

Journey Time: Approximately 210 minutes – 216 minutes


BY BUS


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In case you are on a decent finances, a less expensive choice is touring to Suwa by bus, but take word that it will take longer.

FROM TOKYO: Shinjuku  ▸ Chino, Kami-Suwa, Shimo-Suwa, or Okaya Stations, Categorical bus

Journey time: three – 4hrs

FROM OSAKA: Osaka (Umeda) ▸ Okaya, Kami-Suwa or Chino Stations, Categorical bus

Journey time: 6 – 9 hours


GETTING AROUND SUWA


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BY TRAIN

Practice is one of the simplest ways to go around the large Lake Suwa. The stations that you simply’ll most certainly use during your Lake Suwa journey are : Kami-Suwa Station, Shimo-Suwa Station, JR Chino Station, and Okaya Station.

Fare starts from ¥190 (₱89- $1.72 – SGD 2.35 – MYR 7 ) – ¥200 (₱ 94 – $1.8 – SGD 2.48 – MYR eight ), however when you’ve got a JR Rail Move, most of them are coated (the JR Strains and Restricted Categorical Azusa).

BY BUS

There’s a Swan Bus in Suwa that goes to Suwa Garasu No Sato, fare is ¥150 (₱70- $1.35 – SGD 2 – MYR 6 ) for adults and ¥80 (₱80- $zero.72 – SGD 0.99 – MYR  three) for youngsters. Additionally they supply a 1 Day ticket that entitle holders 1-day limitless rides for ¥300 (₱141 – $3 – SGD 4 – MYR 11 ) and  ¥150 (₱70- $1.35 – SGD 2 – MYR 6 ) for youngsters. When planning your itinerary, examine the bus timetable HERE.

In the event you plan to get to the Kita-Yatsugatake Ropeway, there’s additionally a bus that goes there from Chino Station. See the timetable by means of the hyperlink I mentioned above.  There’s additionally a  Tateshina Kogen Round Bus that goes to some vacationer spots in Suwa, including Lake Tateshina and Shokoji Temple.


WHERE TO STAY IN SUWA CITY, NAGANO


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There are a number of motels in Suwa City, nevertheless it’s greatest to seek out one that’s near Lake Suwa. We stayed at Rako Hananoi Resort Lodge, I like this lodge because of the service of their employees. Additionally they have several onsen (scorching spring). Abi and I received to attempt the personal onsen, since I’m not snug using the general public onsen. Been to Japan a number of occasions but that is truly the first time for me to attempt the onsen in Japan and I enjoyed the experience.

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Rako Hananoi Resort Lodge has spacious, clean rooms, and my bed was snug. They even have rooms with the scenic view of  Lake Suwa the place you possibly can watch the fireworks. You can too view Lake Suwa while eating breakfast at one in every of their eating areas. And if you need a standard Japanese dining, additionally they have a Japanese Restaurant that’s so Zen.  We acquired to attempt their kaiseki-style dinner with their tremendous good sukiyaki.  Don’t miss it when staying at this lodge.

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RAKO HANANOI RESORT HOTEL

Location: 2-1200 Takashima Suwa-Metropolis Nagano
Tel: +81 266-54-0333

CHECK RATES HERE

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on the personal onsen


SUWA TOP THINGS TO DO AND TOURIST ATTRACTIONS


There are lots of actions and tourist points of interest in Suwa, Nagano you could visit and check out. Here’s my handpicked listing (not in order).


1.SUWA TAISHA


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Suwa  Taisha Shrine is likely one of the oldest and some of the essential Shinto Shrines in Japan composed of four shrines. It’s believed to have been based over 1,200 years in the past. It’s the head shrine of over 10,000 Suwa sub-shrines everywhere in the country. Suwa Taisha Shrine is actually a shrine complicated consisting of 4 fundamental shrines situated at 2 sites separated by Lake Suwa – the Shimosha (Decrease Shrine) composed of Akimiya (Autumn Shrine) and Harumiya (Spring Shrine) is located on the northern aspect of the lake in Shimosuwa while the Kamisha (Higher Shrine) composed of Maemiya (Former Shrine) and Honmiya (Important Shrine) is on the southern a part of the lake in Chino City and Suwa Metropolis. Additionally sprinkled around the lake are ancillary shrines.

Suwa Taisha is talked about in Japan’s oldest surviving historical journal – the Kojiki (Data of Historic Matters). The kami (deity) of the Upper Shrine is Takeminakata (also referred to as  Takeminakata-no-kami or Minakatatomi) while the decrease shrine’s divine being is Yasakatome. Both are Misahguji, native agriculture and fertilities gods.  Students consider that Takeminakata is originally a water deity,and/or a connection to Lake Suwa.

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We visited the Major Shrine – the Higher Shrine Kamisha Honmiya. I keep in mind arriving in this place while some cute youngsters are visiting the temples too. They have been giddily enjoying round. I discover the environment of the place balmy and enjoyable, fringed by wilderness. This can be a place with a historical past just as dramatic as its scenery. Simply outdoors the temple complicated the downhill street has a scenic view of the environment, and I was advised that when the sky is obvious, you’ll be able to even see Mt.Fuji from there.

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The Onbashira Pageant (The Great Pillar Pageant), held every 6 years within the Monkey and Tiger years of the Chinese Lunar Calendar, function a symbolic renewal of the shrine buildings that has four large fir timber standing on each corner or the “setting up a new pillar in life”.  Through the pageant, 16 rigorously chosen fir timber are minimize down and dragged from the mountain the place pageant goers experience the logs as they are slid down the mountain. This course of is called Yamadashi. It is dubbed as one of the harmful festivals in Japan resulting from some deaths and accidents through the years. The 16 pillars (hashira) are then erected on the 4 shrines, 4 on every nook. This exercise is called Satobiki. I actually hope to attend the subsequent pageant in 2022.

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For anime fans, within the Rurouni Kenshin anime, Suwa Taisha Shrine at Lake Suwa was mentioned as the situation of the divine elixir which will probably remedy any illness. The Black Knights needed to accumulate the divine elixir to dominate the world, in order that they strategy a priest who advised them of Suwa Taisha Shrine’s historical past.  However the Sanada Ninjas attacked them.

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TIP: Nearby the shrine, there are outlets promoting local goodies which are actually good.

Suwa Taisha Shrine

Location: Suwa Metropolis + Shimo-Suwa + Chino City

Open Hours: 24/7

Entrance Charge: FREE

Find out how to get to Suwa Taisha Shrine:

Kamisha Maemiya (Upper Shrine): From JR Chino Station, take the Suwa bus sure for Okuma and get off at Maemiya-mae bus cease (about 7 minutes).

Kamisha Honmiya (Higher Shrine): 15 minutes by taxi from JR Chino Station

Shimosha Harumiya (Lower Shrine): 15 minute-walk from JR Shimo-Suwa Station

Shimosha Akimiya (Decrease Shrine): 10 minute-walk from JR Shimo-Suwa Station


2. LAKE SUWA


The huge Lake Suwa, regionally generally known as Suwako, sitting at the heart of Suwa in Nagano Prefecture is the most important lake in Shinsu.  I want I stayed longer here, as a result of I actually just like the ambiance of this vacation spot and the breeze touching my face whereas having fun with the scenic view of the lake.  It’s a tranquil place for a soothing walk, biking, or simply sitting on one of many benches here.

Lake Suwa

There are lots of water actions at Lake Suwa depending on the season you’re visiting. Throughout summer time, you’ll be able to take pleasure in a soothing swan boat tour at Lake Suwa.  Don’t miss the Lake Suwa Fireworks Pageant – certainly one of Japan’s largest fireworks pageant occurring each August 15.  During this occasion, the lake is illuminated by over 40,000 fireworks for 2 hours.

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Lake Suwa Fireworks Pageant (photograph offered by Nagano Tourism)

In spring, Lake Suwa, which is fringed by cherry blossoms tree is an exquisite sight.

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O-miwatari at lake Suwa (photograph offered by Nagano Tourism)

Throughout winter, the place is greatest recognized for a natural phenomenon forming ice ridges on the surface of the lake referred to as “O-miwatari” or “The God’s Crossing”.  This course of occurs when the lake is totally frozen and the ice melt because of the rising temperature through the day and at night time the temperature drops inflicting the lake’s floor to shrink and create the ridges and cracks.  Reportedly, there are also natural scorching springs under the lake.

Apparently, in the historic Shinto Religion, the locals consider that in this phenomenon, that Takeminakata, the god of the Higher Shrine of Suwa Taisha descends to the lake to see  Yasakatome, the deity of the Lower Shrine. The Shinto Ritual of the O-miwatari (The God’s Crossing) has lengthy been an essential part of the religion as it is believed to be an excellent omen, used to tell the fortunes of the crops, weather, and so forth. Sadly, resulting from international warming, this has now develop into a uncommon prevalence.

For anime followers, Lake Suwa is the situation that inspired the lake and scenery of Imotori town, house of Mitsuha Miyamizu, within the Kimi no Nawa anime movie.

Lake Suwa

Location: Suwa, Nagano

Entrance Charge: FREE

Open Hours: 24/7

Tips on how to get to Lake Suwa:

1.From Shinjuku Station (JR Line) in Tokyo, take the Limited Categorical Azusa to Kami-Suwa Station.  Fare is around ¥5,870 (₱ 2,758 – $53) and travel time is approximately 2.5 hours.

2.Get off at Kami-Suwa Station, and take Suwako Exit (West).

three. Walk to Lake Suwa for about eight minutes.


three.SUWA ICE CREAM


lake suwa cricket ice cream

When you are at Lake Suwa, don’t miss making an attempt their tender ice cream, especially their cricket ice cream! It seems scary at first look, but I discover it deliciously good! The candy milky ice cream blends nicely with the dried salty cricket on prime. The cricket ice cream at Lake Suwa prices  ¥450 (₱211- $4).


4.SUWA UNAGI


Lake Suwa isn’t just a place for a leisurely stroll, this tourist vacation spot in Suwa can also be a perfect place for a food journey because the lake is sprinkled with quite a lot of eating places serving soba noodles, ramen, unagi, and so forth.  Throughout our go to, we tried the famous grilled unagidon (grilled eel on rice) at Tenryuu, nearby Lake Suwa, a reasonably well-known old style restaurant for unagi.

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Unagi is the Japanese phrase for eel, and it is a local delicacy of Nagano.  What makes Nagano’s unagi special is that the preparation is sort of totally different from the standard unagi served at other prefectures in Japan.  The standard preparation of unagi includes steaming the eel first earlier than grilling.  In Nagano, the unagi is ready by opening and slicing the belly then grilling it over the charcoal so the skin is crispy. Unagidon is on the pricier aspect, however its irresistible style makes up for its costly worth.

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Tenryuu (天龍)

Location: three Chome-22-11 Tenryucho Okaya-shi Nagano-ken

Open Hours: 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM and 5:30 PM – eight:00 PM day by day

Worth:  begins at ¥three,000 (₱ 1,409 – $27 – SGD 37 – MYR 113)

Learn how to get to Teryuu Unagi Restaurant: About an 11-minute stroll from Okaya Station along the Tenryu River throughout the Shimonohama Kumin Middle.  Additionally a couple of meters away from Lake Suwa, use Google Maps, put 天龍 as vacation spot. CLICK HERE for directions.

TIP: It’s also possible to go to the close by Okayahokan Park.


5.SUWA GARASU NO SATO


On the southern aspect of Lake Suwa lies a famed Glass Museum in Japan – the Suwa Garasu No Sato.  Some reveals are short-term, but others are everlasting reveals.  One distinct exhibit here is the Gigantic Marble, an enormous glass ball that’s on sale for ¥200M (₱ 9.four M – $1.8M)!

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The Suwa Garaso No Sato also contains a glass store with over 20,000 glass items.  This place sells all types of glassware together with lamps, candles, jewelries, kaleidoscope, picture frames, and so forth.  I purchased some kaleidoscopes again, like those we made at Zenkoji Temple.  Additionally they promote quite a lot of Japanese local goodies and meals here.

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However what I really like about this place is the workshop they offer on the Glass Experience Studio for candle-making, dragonfly ball-making, paperweights, seals, and so forth.  We joined a candle-making course right here, and it’s not the odd candle-making we all know, however it’s a candle manufactured from gel wax and glass miniatures from animals to crops, timber, flowers, and so on.  The worth of every piece begins at ¥300 (₱ 140 – $three), so how expensive your candle is will depend upon the items that you simply’ll choose.

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our completed product – glass candles

First, we have been asked to imagine a design that we would like for our candles.  Then we have been informed to select the candle type that we would like – spherical, sq., coronary heart, and so forth.  Then, we handpicked the items that we would like for our candle. After that, we proceed to the desk and started working on our candles, beginning on the bottom.  For my candle, I decided to make a safari, so I picked a couple of animals like zebra, deer, lion and tiger, timber and crops. Then I began engaged on the soil.  You’ll be able to truly decide the colors of the soil depending on your theme. I selected gold, mild brown, dark brown, and gray. Then after the soil, I began arranging the animals, timber, and crops glass items. Once I was finished with my design, I used to be asked to select a background image if I need to add one.  My pal Abi of Workforce Awesome Planet recommended it’s higher with no background, so I adopted her since she studied Effective Arts, and I belief her style in fact. We handed our candles to our instructor so he can begin pouring molding it, apparently,  he poured a clear gel wax on it and look forward to it to chill.  The finished product turned out nicely that I originally thought.  I was frightened that my design sucked, but I actually favored it as soon as I noticed the completed candle.  My candle is value roughly ¥5,000 (₱ 2,349 – $45).  Again, the price will depend on the miniature glass ornaments that you simply’ll decide for candle.  I really love the expertise and of course my glass candle!

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Suwa Garasu No Sato

Location: 2400-7, Toyoda, Suwa-shi, Nagano

Open Hours: (April – Sept) Day by day 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM, (Oct-March) Day by day 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Entrance Payment (Glass Museum): ¥800 (₱ 375- $7 – SGD 10 – MYR  30) for high school scholar and above, FREE for junior high school and underneath.

Learn how to get to Suwa Garasu No Sato: From Shimo-suwa Station or Kami-suwa Station (take Suwako Exit), you possibly can take the Swan Bus  or Karin-chan Bus for about 20 minutes. Get off at Suwa Garasu No Sato. Fare is ¥150 (₱70- $1.35) for adults and ¥80 (₱38- $0.72 – SGD- MYR ) for youngsters. You’ll be able to examine the Swan Bus timetable HERE.


6.SUWA STRAWBERRY PICKING


Close by the Suwa Garasu No Sato is the Suwako Ichigo-en (Suwa Strawberry Farm) the place you possibly can take pleasure in a 30-minute eat-all-you-can strawberry for ¥800 (₱375- $7) to ¥1,700 (₱798- $15) from January to late June.  You possibly can decide and eat as many strawberries as you’ll be able to in 30 minutes.

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At Suwako Strawberry Farm, they have greenhouses the place you’ll find about 45,000 sachinoka and akihime strawberries.  These strawberries are large and have natural sugar content material so they’re sometimes sweet, in contrast to our sour, small strawberries within the Philippines.

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Suwako Ichi-goen (Suwako Strawberry Farm)

Location: Toyoda, Suwa-shi, Nagano

Open Hours: Every day 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Entrance Payment: ¥800 (₱375- $7 – SGD 10 – MYR 30  ) to ¥1,700 (₱798- $15 – SGD 21 – MYR 64)

How you can get to Suwa Strawberry Farm the Suwako Ichigo-en: From Shimosuwa Station or Kamisuwa Station Suwako Exit (West), you’ll be able to take the Swan Bus  or Karin-chan Bus for about 20 minutes.  Alight at Suwa Garasu No Sato. Fare is ¥150 (₱70- $1.35) for adults and ¥80 (₱38- $zero.72) for youngsters. You’ll be able to verify the Swan Bus timetable HERE. From the Suwa Garasu No Sato Bus Cease, stroll for about 5 minutes to the Suwa Strawberry Farm.  Use Google Maps for strolling directions.


7.MUSIC BOX MUSEUM


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Another distinctive tourist vacation spot in Suwa, Nagano that we visited was the Nidec Sankyo Corporation Music Field Memorial Suwanone, the most important manufacturer of music bins.  Established in 1946 and previously generally known as Sankyo Seiki, the Nidec Sankyo Company began creating music field in 1948 and where capable of ship their first 500 music bins.  At present, the corporate owns about 90 vintage music packing containers from Switzerland, Germany, and so on.  Fortunately, I acquired to see a few of them displayed on the World Music Field and Concert Corridor on the 2nd flooring of the Music Box Museum.  We have been capable of take heed to a few of the age-old music packing containers displayed there while listening to its history and construction of each music box in the course of the guided tour.

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We have been also capable of watch a efficiency entitled “Rose’s Mysterious World Trip”, a mixture  of reside music field show with actors and movies on the Live performance Hall. Rose was carried out by Mayu Sophia, a reporter and radio DJ who appeared in the movie “Sakura Kita”.

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However maybe my most memorable expertise right here is the brief workshop for making music bins.  They asked us to choose a music for our music field as well as the design that we like prematurely before we paid them a visit.  As quickly as we arrived, we have been whisked away to the workshop middle and started making our personal music field with their help.  It was quite straightforward and I discover it fascinating that we will truly chose how fast or sluggish we would like our music. I picked “Silent Night” as music because I don’t know what to choose. But I needed to offer it to my mother as current since I keep in mind she really likes to have a music box.  Certainly, she was so completely happy when she acquired it.  I purchased one for myself on the souvenir shop, and I regret that I solely obtained one, I wish I had purchased more because the worth is cheap. Some music bins are as little as $15. It’s a stunning present on your pals and family members.  Oh properly, a cause to return here once I revisit Nagano in autumn.

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Nidec Sankyo Company Music Field Memorial Suwanone

Location: 5805, Kamikubo, Shimosuwa-machi, Suwa-gun, Nagano

Open Hours: Day by day besides Sundays and public holidays 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Entrance Charge (World Music Box and Live performance Corridor) : ¥1,000 (₱469- $9 – SGD 12 – MYR 37 )

Find out how to get to  Nidec Sankyo Corporation Music Box Memorial Suwane: From Shimo-suwa Station (JR Line), it’s a few 10-minute walk.  Stroll north to the Taisha Odori Street (Route 20) and turn right.


TAKASHIMA CASTLE RUINS


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Image by Kizuna

Takashima Citadel

Location: 1-20-1 Takashima, Suwa-shi, Nagano-ken 392-0022

Open Hours:  Day by day from 09:00 AM – 5:30 PM, 09:00 AM – four:30 PM from Oct 1 – March 31.

Closed on Dec 26-31 and 2nd Thurs in November

Entrance Payment: ¥300 (₱141 – $3 – SGD four– MYR 11) (adults) , ¥150 (₱71 – $1.36 – SGD 2 – MYR 6) (adults)

Learn how to get to Takashima Fort:

1.Take the JR Chou Line to Kami-Suwa Station.

2.Get off at Kami-Suwa Station and take the Suwako Exit.

three.Stroll to Takashima Citadel for about 10 minutes.


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Right here’s a steered 2-day 1-night itinerary of Suwa, Nagano.  It may also be achieved as a day trip if you would like, however I’d still advocate a minimum of a 2 day stay here to cover  the Suwa prime tourist points of interest listed above.

suwa itinerary

*lodge, airfare, and purchasing not included.

2 DAYS SUWA ITINERARY

DAY 1ARRIVAL + SUWA TAISHA SHRINE + ONSEN
07:00 AMETD Suwa
From JR Shinjuku Station in Tokyo, take Limited Categorical Practice
Azusa to Kami-Suwa Station. 2.5 hours.

¥5,870 (₱ 2,758 – $53). FREE w/ JR Cross

09:13 AMAlight at Kami-Suwa Station Suwako Exit
09:20 AMTake shuttle to lodge (Rako Hananoi Lodge). RESERVE HERE
Shuttle bus reservation HERE

(Click on translate to English on the higher proper hand of the location)

Depart baggage at concierge
09:40 AMStroll  to Takashima Fort.  12 minutes. Google Maps instructions HERE.
09:55 AMTakashima Citadel. ¥300 (₱141 – $three)
11:30 AMWalk to Kami-Suwa Station. Google Maps instructions HERE. 13 minutes.
At Kami-Suwa Station, take JR Chou Line for Nagano or Matsumoto.
Alight at Okaya Station. 9 mins. ¥200 (₱ 94 – $1.8) FREE w/ JR Move
11:45 AMWalk to Tenryuu Home of Unagi. 11 mins. Google Maps instructions HERE.
12:10 PMUnagidon lunch. ¥3,000 (₱ 1,409 – $27)
01:10 PMStroll again to Okaya Station. 12 minutes. Google Maps directions HERE.
01:25 PMTake JR Chou Line for Takao or Kofu, or Restricted Categorical  Azusa.
01:45 PMAlight at JR Chino Station. 19 minutes. ¥320 (₱150 – $2.89) FREE w/ JR Move
02:20 PMFrom JR Chino Station, take the Suwa bus sure for Okuma
Get off at Maemiya-mae bus cease. 7 minutes.
02:35 PMSuwa Taisha Shrine – Upper Shrines.
Maemiya Shrine and Honmiya Shrine. FREE
04:00 PMTake bus to JR Chino Station. 7 mins.
Alight at JR Chino Station. 19 mins. ¥320 (₱150 – $2.89) FREE w/ JR Move
Take the JR Chou Line for Nagano
Alight at Shimo-Suwa Station.
Stroll to Suwa Taisha Lower Shrines. 15 minutes.
Harumiya Shrine and Akimiya Shrine
05:30 PMWalk again to Shimo-Suwa Station. 15 minutes
05:45 PMAt Shimo-Suwa Station, take JR Chou Line for Chino, Takao, or Kofu.
Alternatively, you’ll be able to take the Restricted Categorical Azusa
05:55 PMAlight at Kami-Suwa Station. 5 mins. ¥190 (₱89– $1.72) FREE w/ JR Move
06:00 PMEarly dinner. ¥1,000 (₱ 469 – $9)
06:30 PMStroll or take shuttle to lodge.
06:50 PMLodge check-in. Clean up.
08:00 PMSleep
Day 1 Bills¥11,200 (₱ 5,260 – $10.19 – SGD 139 – MYR 422 )
DAY 2
07:00 AMExamine-out. Depart baggage at lodge. Stroll to Lake Suwa
07:15 AMLake Suwa. FREE
08:00 AMAttempt the cricket ice cream. ¥450 (₱211- $4)
08:15 AMStroll to Kami-Suwa Station. 11 minutes.
Take the Swan Bus or Karin-chan Bus.
08:50 AMAlight at Suwa Garasu No Sato bus cease. 20 minutes. ¥150 (₱70- $1.35)
Stroll to Suwa Garasu No Sato
08:55 AMSuwa Garasu No Sato. ¥800 (₱ 375- $7)
10:55 PMStroll to Suwako Ichi-goen (Suwako Strawberry Farm). 5 mins.
11:00 PMSuwako Ichi-goen (Suwako Strawberry Farm). ¥800 (₱375- $7)
11:15 PMStroll back to Suwa Garasu No Sato bus cease
Take the Swan Bus to Kami-Suwa Station. 20 minutes. ¥150 (₱70- $1.35)
11:50 PMAlight at Kami-Suwa Station.
12:00 PMTake the JR Chou Line to Matsumoto, Nagano, or Inafukuoka
12:10 PMAlight at Shimo-Suwa Station. 4 mins. ¥190 (₱89– $1.72)
12:20 PMWalk north to the Taisha Odori Street (Route 20) and turn right. 10 mins.
12:40 PMNidec Sankyo Corp. Music Field Memorial. ¥1,000 (₱469- $9)
02:00 PMStroll back to Shimo-Suwa Station.
02:20 PMTake the JR Chou Line for Takao, Kofu or Chino. 4 minutes. ¥190 (₱89– $1.72)
02:30 PMAlight at Kami-Suwa Station.
02:35 PMStroll back to lodge.
02:50 PMGet luggage. Walk back or take shuttle to Kami-Suwa Station.
Proceed to next vacation spot.
Day 2 Bills¥3,730 (₱1,748 – $33.14 – SGD 46 – MYR 140 )
TOTAL EXPENSES¥14,930 (₱7,008– $43.33 – SGD 184 – MYR 562 )

*Cowl photograph offered by Nagano Tourism

DISCLOSURE: My Nagano journey was made potential by Nagano Tourism.

SUWA TOURISM

Particular because of Suwa Tourism Board for all the assistance.


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JAPAN VISA FOR PHILIPPINE PASSPORT HOLDERS

HAKUBA TRAVEL GUIDE

MATSUMOTO TRAVEL GUIDE (ITINERARY + BUDGET)

SUWA TRAVEL GUIDE

NAGOYA TRAVEL GUIDE

OSAKA TRAVEL GUIDE

KYOTO TRAVEL GUIDE

NARA TRAVEL GUIDE

TOKYO ITINERARY

SAPPORO TRAVEL GUIDE



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