The Azumino Hotaka View Hotel is located in the center of Nagano Prefecture, which spreads out to the North and South, making it the ideal base for sightseeing within the prefecture. Even distant places can be reached in two hours by car. Nature has crafted an abundance of scenic spots in the mountains of Japan’s foremost ranges, the Northern, Central, and Southern Alps.
Kamikochi is known for the most famous highland walking courses in Japan. Located in the sub alpine belt, it attracts many tourists from early summer to fall, drawn by the abundance of natural wonders including alpine plants and butterflies. A convenient direct travel service is available, picking up guests at the hotel entrance and taking them directly to Kamikochi. Bookings should be made at the hotel reception by 6pm on the preceding day. A return trip costs \5,500.
This post town prospered as the 34th station on the Nakasendo Road, one of five ancient highways that once connected Edo (modern day Tokyo) to surrounding and distant regions. Various shops and cafes are situated in buildings of the period.
Guided tours in English and Chinese are available on Saturdays and Sundays. From the main hall, visitors can descend to a pitch-dark corridor where they try to find a key representing enlightenment. About 25 minutes on foot from Nagano station, it is also accessible to visitors travelling by train.
Covering an area equivalent to 11 Tokyo Domes, this is the largest wasabi (green horseradish) farm in Japan. The three water mills installed on the riverbank were a backdrop for the movie “Dreams” by famed Japanese director Akira Kurosawa. Spread amongst the original natural scenery of Azumino, you can spend a relaxing time here. Popular wasabi soft-serve ice cream and wasabi croquettes are also available. Experience the subtle color and pungent flavor of Daio Wasabi Farm’s fresh grown wasabi.
At 186m high, this massive dams has a storage capacity of about 200million tons. Many tourists visit to see the excess water discharged from the dam from late-June to mid-October. Because it is a stop on the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, it is convenient to combine a visit with a trip to Murodo etc.
Constructed about 400 years ago, this is one of the finest examples of Japanese castle architecture. The main tower has been preserved intact since the Warring States Period and, together with the surround area, is maintained as the Matsumoto Castle Park. Standing dignified against the Northern Alps and expressing different aspects of its beauty across the four seasons, it has become the widely known symbol of Matsumoto City.
Endless blue skies and verdant green meadows filled with brilliant alpine flowers, the Hakuba area is full of spots to enjoy nature, such as Tsugaike Nature Park and the Happo Alpen Line! On Happo-one, you can see the magnificent Hakuba mountain range spread right before your eyes, and experience the beauty of Happo Pond. At Tsugaike Nature Park, visitors can enjoy precious alpine plants such as Daylily and Asian Skunk Cabbage in addition to the nearby great snow gorge on Mt. Hakuba.
There are many sightseeing spots in the Togakushi area, including the Togakushi Shrine, famed for its avenue of towering cedar trees, and the view of Mt. Togakushi reflected in the Kagami Pond. Togakushi soba (buckwheat noodles) are also famous. The giant cedar trees lining the path to the main shrine building are a renowned power spot. Located close to the Kagami Pond, we recommend visiting them together.
Ride the ropeway to enjoy the feeling of hiking in the mountains without the strenuous climb. The Senjojiki Cirque spreads out before you at the top of the ropeway, and Mt. Kisokomagatake, the highest peak in the Central Alps can be reached in just 2 hours. The ropeway runs throughout the year. Visitors can enjoy the sight of the Senjojiki Cirque through the changing seasons, from spring snows, through the fresh greens of summer, to the autumn leaves, and the starlit winter sky.
Cattle pasture covers the entire area allowing visitors to enjoy the natural environment. You can enjoy spectacular 360-degree panoramic views of famous mountains such as Mt. Fuji, the Northern, Central, & Southern Alps, and Mt. Yatsugatake. As night falls, the starry sky spreads across the heavens and you can see stars not just overhead, but all around.
A famous cherry blossom viewing spot since ancient times, the Takato Castle Ruins Park is home to around 1,500 cherry trees. The hill is painted pink during the cherry blossom season. Since long ago it has been known as “Japan’s best cherry blossom” and is famous throughout the country.
The 42nd post town on the ancient Nakasendo Road connecting Edo and Kyoto, Tsumago Post Town was a bustling transport hub on the busy road. A number of Edo period streets are preserved to this day.
This town was the 43rd post town along the Nakasendo Road. Here, the north-south road climbs the steep slope of a mountain ridge, leading the settlement to become commonly known as “the post town on the slope”.
The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is one of the world’s premier mountain sightseeing routes, penetrating the Northern Alps and reaching altitudes of 3,000 m. A total of 37.2 km in length, the route features an elevation change of 1,975 m. Riding a ropeway, cable car, and trolley bus, visitors can easily travel to several scenic spots, enjoying majestic natural landscapes above the clouds.
Home to Yukimura Sanada, known to be the strongest samurai in the country, Ueda Castle was popularly considered impregnable. Spring sees the Senbon Sakura (thousand cherry blossom) Festival held at the castle, while the fall brings the Ueda Castle Keyaki Tree Autumnal Color Festival.
Visitors are able to get up close and watch wild monkeys bathing in the hot springs making this a popular tourist attraction. Renowned as a place where you can observe the behavior of the Japanese Macaque monkeys, it is loved by people from all over the world.
A user-friendly space consisting of a western-style room with twin beds and a 6-tatami Japanese-style room. A relaxing and spacious room for two, the room can accommodate up to 4 guests including friends or family.
Even staying at a hotel, please enjoy the peaceful Japanese atmosphere. A calm, 10-tatami Japanese-style room. Enjoy the exceptional comfort of a relaxing futon and the scent of tatami.
A standard twin-bed room. At approximately 26㎡ this is the hotel's most compact room, but still pleasantly cozy. Relax in comfort.
A 4-bed room where each guest can sleep in their own bed. We provide 4 sets of twin beds facing each other.
Amenities provided in all rooms:
Air Conditioner, Bed, TV (BS Satellite / foreign language broadcasts), Alarm clock, Bath / Shower, Shower Toilet, Refrigerator, Tea Set, Drier, Yukata (Japanese-style robe) , Slippers, Bath towel, Face Towel, coffee maker
All rooms have automatic locks
Hot-spring Grand bath
A spacious bath with a large glass window from which guests can look out on the trees through the changing of the seasons. The fatigue of travel is washed away as bathers are enveloped in the famous hot spring waters of the Northern Alps. You can also enjoy the health benefits of our excellent sauna and Jacuzzi.
Hot-spring Open-air bath
The time when the trees bud, fresh green, summer rains, deep green, summer heat, early autumn, changing leaves, late autumn, then the winter blanketed in a snow landscape... You can feel the changing of Hotaka’s seasons in your skin as you relax in our open-air rock-bath. While staying at the hotel guests can bath in a hot spring bath, surrounded by nature, birdsong and the sound of wind in the trees.
Our Japanese chef specializes in traditional Japanese cuisine and seasonal flavors.
Our French chef prepares exquisite dishes with seasonal ingredients.
※Dinner requires a reservation. Please reserve your group’s dinner from the same menu by 17:00 on the preceding day.
Enjoy a relaxing meal at the sunlit tables or on the refreshing terrace of restaurant “Chamonix”.
Choose from a selection of Japanese or Western dishes in a buffet style.
※Either a Japanese or Western buffet is available, depending on the day.
When entering the hotel, guests are greeted by a lobby lounge in the entrance atrium. A green garden and the deep forest spread beyond the large window. The large fireplace and wood décor create an atmosphere reminiscent of a Canadian Rocky mountain lodge, imparting the feeling of an elegant stay at a highland resort.
Souvenirs from Azumino (wasabi & blown glass accessories) in addition to a large selection of handicrafts such as Kiso lacquerware. Local sake, wine, and juices are also available, so please enjoy them with your meals.
2200-3, Maki, Hotaka, Azumino, Nagano, 399-8305 Japan
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