CHIKUMA Calendar

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Welcome to CHIKUMA City

Enjoy relaxing onsen baths, peaceful scenery, beautiful blossoms and the grand Chikuma River, Japan’s Longest that Flows through the center the city.

Spring

Apricot Blossoms

Japan’s most famous “Apricot Village” is in Chikuma City.

  • Best time to see apricot blossoms: early to mid-April
  • 10min by taxi from Shinano Railway Yashiro Station

Sakura viewing

One of Japan’s biggest TENGU statues is in Kitty Park. There are about 600 cherry trees that when in full bloom are a popular spot for flower viewing.

  • Best time to see Cherry blossoms: mid to late April
  • 20 min on foot from Shinano Railway Togura Station

Summer

Chikuma City’s Chikuma River Fireworks Display

  • August 7 annually

Chishikiji Temple

Nicknamed the “Hydrangea Temple” because of the many hydrangea plants.

  • Best time to see hydrangea: late June to late July
  • 20 min on foot from the Togura Kamiyamada Onsen Town

Apricot Picking

Enjoy the tart taste of fresh-picked apricots, which marks the start of summer in Chikuma.

  • Late June to mid-July
  • 10 mins by taxi from Shinano Railway Yashiro Station

Togura Kamiyamada Onsen Summer Festival and Fireworks

The summer festival held in the onsen town in mid-July.

Autumn

Apple Picking

  • Late September to late November
  • 20 min on foot from the Togura Kamiyamada Onsen Town

Grape Picking

  • Early September to early October
  • 30 min on foot from the Togura Kamiyamada Onsen Town

Obasute Terraced Rice Paddies

The Obasute Terraced Rice Paddies are composed of 1,500 rice fields and have been designated as an Important Cultural Landscape.

  • 10 min on foot from JR Obasdute Station

Chorakuji Temple

Also known as a great place for moon viewing.

  • 10 min on foot from JR Obasute Station

Zenkoji Daihongan Branch Temple

Viewpoint with a panoramic view of the onsen town.

  • 25 min on foot from the Togura Kamiyamada Onsen Town

Winter

Togura Kamiyamada Onsen

The hot spring mineral waters, high in sulfur content but with skin-smooting alkalintiy.

  • 30 min on foot from Shinano Railway Togura Station

Daito Festival

The festival designated as a national Selected Folk Cultural Property that is held at Takemizuwake-Jinja Shrine.

  • December 10-December 15 annually
  • 10 min by taxi from Shinano Railway Yashiro Station

Strawberry Picking

  • Mid-December to mid-June
  • 25 min on foot from Shinano Railway Yashiro Station
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