I LOVE JAPAN ❤ 日本の今を伝えたい! 小布施にタイムスリップ Time Warp to a Quaint Historic Town of Obuse


I recently went on an overnight trip to Obuse, a picturesque little town in Nagano Prefecture, approximately a 30-minute drive from the City of Nagano toward northeast.



Obuse is a smaller version of Kyoto with quaint, charming and unified atmosphere all over the town. It is renowned for its chestnut confectionery and cuisine – both western-style and Japanese- style.

小布施は小京都といった風情のある町で、レトロでチャーミングな雰囲気が町中に溢れています。栗のお菓子や料理 – 洋風も和風もあります – で有名です。

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Mont Blanc,  Chestnut Cake  モンブラン

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Chestnut Sticky Rice  栗おこわ

Sake breweries, galleries, and residences along what is called the chestnut path have traditional white walls and dark-gray-tiled roofs, with a landmark of red brick chimney adding to the romantic feel to the town. At one end of the path is the Hokusai Museum where the works of Katsushika Hokusai (1760 – 1849) , Japan’s most acclaimed wood block print artist, are displayed.


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    Sake Brewery  酒蔵

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  Chestnut Path  栗の小径

Even piano lessons are given in a renovated historical warehouse. Streets in the town are lined with well-maintained, pretty flowers and beautiful trees.



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  Obuse Piano School    小布施ピアノ教室

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Given so many irresistible confectioneries and restaurants in this small town, I have to revisit Obse and spend more time to enjoy the early Showa ambiance again.


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Nagano has been chosen as the number one immigration destination in Japan for the third year in a row, according to an NPO called Furusato Kaiki Shien Center (Return Your Hometown Support Center).



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