Hokusai Museum Ceiling of Ganshoin Temple & Sake Walking Tour in Obuse

Hokusai Museum, Ceiling of Ganshoin Temple & Sake Walking Tour in Obuse

Enjoy one of the prettiest town in Japan !!


On this tour we will visit the Hokusai Museum where many of the painter’s work is displayed.  Katsushika Hokusai is one of the most famous Japanese artist of ukiyo-e during the Edo period (1603–1868), He (1760–1849) is the author of a world-famous work: “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” (1831 ). Hokusai called himself “the drawing madman”.  We will also visit Takai Kozan Museum. Kozan is who invited Hokusai to Obuse.

You can do Sake Tasting in friendly owner’s brewery,  and after that  you will  have set meal lunch in the Japanese stylish restaurant. We will walk through famous street called ‘Chestnut Lane’ in old town as well as hidden path and private garden to explore more about Obuse.

Finally, we will visit Ganshoin temple to see Phoenix Glaring in All Directions on the ceiling.

  • Hokusai Museum entrance fees are included
  • Takai Kozan Memorial Museum Entrance fees are included
  • Ganshoin Temple Entrance fees are included
  • Sake Tasting is included
  • Lunch is included
  • Walking through Chestnut Lane, hidden path and private gardens
  • Discover other parts of Nagano outside of your guidebook.
  • Connect with local business owners to learn the history and local culture.
  • Photography Tour
    We will be on hand to take some happy snaps(by DSLR camera) which will be shared with you after the tour!

Trip Itinerary

10:00 / Obuse station
Meet Up with our guide at Obuse station and heading to center of Obuse
10:10 / Kozan Takai Memorial Museum
A short walk away down the narrow Chestnut Alley is the rear entrance of the Takai Kozan Memorial Museum. This was the former residence of Takai Kozan, the rich merchant who invited Hokusai to Obuse as his patron and student. The museum exhibits many of Kozan’s paintings as well as some of his calligraphy works. The building itself is well known for its hidden rooms and secret passages.
10:30 / Arrival at Hokusai museum
Visit Hokusai-kan to see collection of Hokusai’s greatest works. Hokusai spent several of the final years of his life in Obuse before he died at the age of 88. A vast collection of paintings and works from Hokusai are on display at the museum. His best known work is the woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji which includes the international recognized print The Great Wave off Kanagawa.
11:30 / Sake brewery
The place is run by family business owners. A lovely experience and delicious Sake.
12:00 PM / Lunch
You have set meal in atmospheric trendy restaurant with open kitchen.
12:45 / Heading to Ganshoin temple
We are going to see spectacular ” Phoenix Glaring in All Directions” on the ceiling of Ganshoin temple.
14:00 / Tour Concludes
The tour concludes at Obuse station and your guide will say good-bye here.
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Hokusai Museum, Ceiling of Ganshoin Temple & Sake Walking Tour in Obuse
now on sale ¥15,800/pp
  • Walking Tour
  • Includes: Hokusai Museum Entrance fees, Takai Kozan Memorial Museum Entrance fees, Lunch, Sake Tasting, Ganshoin Temple Entrance fees &
  • duration: 4 hours
  • Group: From 2 to 8 pp

¥15,800 per person

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  • Duration: 4 hours, starting at 10:00 am
  • Minimum: 2 people per tour
  • Maximum: 8 people per tour
  • Price: 15,800 JPY (incl. tax) per person, Child (3-12) 13,000 JPY (incl. tax)
  • Infants (0-2) are free of charge.  An infant lunch is not included 
  • Includes: Hokusai Museum Entrance fees, Takai Kozan Memorial Museum Entrance fees, Lunch, Sake Tasting, Ganshoin Temple Entrance fees & English-speaking guide
  • Excludes: Extra drinks and food (available to purchase), Bullet train tickets and other transportation fees.
  • Meeting location: Obuse station
Professional Guide

Local expert, personable English-speaking guides

Walking tour

This is an easy going walking tour. You can come just as you are


You will enjoy tasting local Sake.


Take the photo of spots around Obuse as well as on back street in Obuse area

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