Hotel Togariishi is located at the foot of Mt. Nishi in the Yatsugatake range. People have inhabited this land of steep peaks blessed with nature since the Jomon period nearly 15,000 years ago.
Today the area is known for ruins associated with the first Jomon period village excavations conducted in Japan.
From the days of old the locals have referred to a triangular, pyramid shaped boulder resting outside the Togariishi Ruins as "Honorable Togariishi" and held it in great esteem. This boulder lends the ruins its names. Its man-made abrasions are said to be traces left by the people of Jomon when using it as a grinding stone to make chipped-stone axes.
Hotel Togariishi, specializes in simple hotel service at the foot of the Yatsugatake range.
In the vicinity there are numerous places to feel the history of the Jomon period, making it optimally suited to travelers seeking the allure of the past.
The WiFi available throughout the premises makes our accommodation well suited to leisure and business travelers alike.
There are many hot springs and restaurants nearby you can visit while taking as stroll.
Come spend a restful time at our hotel, surrounded with green.
Relax in our cozy rooms
Chic, brown-themed rooms. Relax in a mellow mood that lets guests forget the fatigue of work and the road.
Western-style room 22.5㎡, two Simmons semi-double beds, bathroom/shower/toilet
【Capacity】 1-3 guests
Rooms with a cheery Japanese atmosphere. Unwind and forget the fatigue of work and the road with tatami straw matt flooring and sunlight pouring through the windows.
Japanese style-room 13.2㎡, bathroom / shower / toilet
【Capacity】 1-3 guests
About our washrooms
All guest rooms are equipped with a bathroom and toilet. The modular bath and washlet are in separate rooms.
Guest Room Facilities
Battery charger (cell / smartphones)
Tea set (with green and black tea)
Travel through history to the heart of nature
Sightseeing Travel through history to the heart of nature
There is no shortage of must-see spots in the area.
Our hotel makes a great base for exploring!
This artificial lake at an elevation of 1,416m is about 3.8km in diameter with an area of around 36 hectares. It is part of the Shirakaba Plateau, a quiet resort that spreads along the ascent to Mt. Tateshina. It boasts splendid natural beauty throughout the four seasons.
＊Address: Shirakaba Lake, Ashidahakkano, Tateshina, Kitasaku District, Nagano,Japan
This resort has an average annual temperature of 6.6°C and is cool even in the summer. According to the season various highland plants come into bloom, making for great hiking. Visitors can further enjoy the changing leaves in autumn and a ski area in winter.
＊Address:…Kitayama 3413, Chino-shi
From Mt. Kuruma to the Washigamine Ridge lies the gently undulating Kirigamine Highlands. Seasonal alpine plants wash the lush meadows in color. Kirigamine is known as the home of Japanese gliding, being well suited to the activity.
＊Address:…Kirigamine 7718-9, Shiga, Suwa-shi
At 759m above sea level, with a circumference of 15.9km and an area of 13.3k㎡, the largest lake in Nagano can be enjoyed throughout the seasons. Walking or jogging along the lakeside, as well as footbaths with great scenery are popular. A jogging track runs the circumference of the lake, and boating and fishing are also available.
＊Address:… Kogan-doori 5 chomei, Suwa-shi
Suwa Grand Shrine (Kamisha)
This is the main headquarters of the Suwa Grand Shrine which has about 25,000 branch shrines around the country. Wooden pillars called "Onbashira" stand in the four corners around the shrine pavilion, which itself has a unique layout. Several the shrine buildings have been designated as "important cultural properties." Kamisha is known for the Onbashira Festival held once every 6 years. ＊Address:…Miyayama 1, Nakasu, Suwa-shi
Onbashira's Kiotoshi-zaka (Log riding hill)
During the Onbashira Festival participants ride eight pillars made from giant fir trees down this 100m slope that in places reaches 45 degrees.
This pond has been selected as one of the top 100 in Japan and receives a lot of visitors. The beauty of the surrounding trees reflected on the water's surface forms the motif of Kaii Higashiyama's famous painting "Green Impressions," and it has been used for the filming of commercials and promotional videos. ＊Address:…Toyohira,Chino-shi
Yatsugatake Mountains Trailhead
■Minodoguchi ... Trailhead for access to Mt Aka:13km（23 minutes by Car）
■Karasawaguchi ... Trailhead for access to Mt tengu:14.6km（40 minutes by Car）
■Funayamajyujiro ... Trailhead for access to Mt Amida:15.8km（47 minutes by Car）
■Sakuradaira ... Trailhead for access to Mt Tengu and Mt Io：15.4km（1 hour 11 minutes by Car）
■Shinbunoyu ... Trailhead for access to Mt Tengu:15.8km（28 minutes by Car）
■TateshinaFarm ... Trailhead for access to Mt Tateshina:20.6km（36 minutes by Car）
With a focus on the local city of Chino and the lifestyle of its residents, this museum offers comprehensive displays of the area's nature, history, industry, folk customs, etc. ＊Closed Mondays／Opening hours:…9:00～16:30 ＊Address:…Toyohira 6983, Chino-shi
Togariishi Jomon Archaeological Museum
The Togariishi Ruins are typical of the Jomon culture that flourished at the base of the Yatsugatake range 5000 years ago. The museum displays two earthen figures that are National Treasures: the "Jomon no Venus" and the "Masked Goddess." It also houses over 2000 other important artefacts excavated from the Jomon ruins here. ＊Closed…Monday／Opening hours:…9:00～17:00 ＊Address:…Toyohira 4734-132, Chino-shi
9 minutes、 15 minutes by Bus
With a focus on the works of the Japanese master painter Tatsuo Takayama, the museum houses over 370 pieces of art including contemporary Japanese style paintings, oil paintings, watercolors, and woodblock prints. It exhibits the collection four times a year.
Closed Mondays and the fourth Tuesday of each month
＊Closed Mondays and the fourth Tuesday of each month
＊Closed for winter 11/29 - 4/20 ＊Address:…Toyohira 4734-215, Chino-shi
11 minutes、 15 minutes by Bus
Pilatus Ropeway and Aquarium
A large ropeway that can transport 100 visitors at once. At the top station lies scenery that appears as though nature itself had crafted a Japanese garden. Alpine plants bloom with the seasons along the hour and a half walk, enticing visitors, who in winter can access a 4km long skiing course. ＊Address:…Kitayama 4035-2541, Chino-shi
Yamashita Kiyoshi Hourou Gallery
This is the first museum in Japan to gather the work of the wandering painting prodigy Yamashita Kiyoshi. It features a variety of pieces including those left to his benefactors, his decorated ceramics and porcelain collected from various locales, and felt pen dot drawings and sketches. ＊Open year-round ＊Opening hours:…9:30～17:00 ＊Address:…Cino 2764-3, Chino-shi
Jinchokan Moriya Shiryokan
This is a depository of archives that has been maintained by the Moriya family since the Kamakura period over 1300 years ago. The Jinchokan Moriya Shiryokan stores the various documents and offers them for public display. From the middle ages, members of the Moriya family have held a priestly role at Kamisha of the Suwa Grand Shrine known as the "jinchokan." Family members carried out this role until the Meiji period (late 1800s). ＊Closed…Monday／Opening hours:…9:00～16:30 ＊Address:…Miyagawa 389-1, Chino-shi
Yatsugatake Nature and Culture Park
Yatsugatake Nature and Culture Park
At an elevation of 1300m, this is a multipurpose leisure facility that incorporates a theme of getting in touch with nature. Visitors can also board satellites, rockets, and an authentic replica of the Apollo used by NASA for training.
＊Closed Tuesdays, the day after national holidays, and for the New Year's holiday
Located in Tateshina, this is also known as the "Fossil Museum," as well as the "Mineral Museum." It features displays of fossils and minerals from around the world. ＊Currently closed for renovation (scheduled to re-open in 2016) ) ＊Address:…Kitayama Chino-shi
Tateshina Highlands Art Museum (Yazaki Torao Memorial Hall)
Tateshina Highlands Art Museum (Yazaki Torao Memorial Hall)
This museum displays the work of the famous master of sculpture circles Yazaki Torao. It is located at the prominent Nagano summer resort of the Tateshina Highlands. ＊Closed November to April for winter ＊Opening hours:…10:00～15:00 ＊Address:…Kitayama 4035, Chino-shi
Tateshina Teddy Bear Museum
In the West, there are many teddy bear museums, but this is the first of its kind in Japan. We are proud to say that at 3,300㎡, it is the largest in the world. ＊Closed: Tuesdays from November to March ＊Opening hours: 9:30 〜 5:00 ＊Address:…Kitayama 4035, Chino-shi Nagano-ken
SUWA Glass no Sato
Japan's largest glass museum lets children and adults try their hands at making glass products. ＊Open year-round Opening hours:…9:00～17:00 ＊Address:…Toyota 2400-7, Suwa-shi
Taizi Harada Art Museum
Established by Suwa City, this museum presents works spanning the long career of Taizi Harada, himself a Suwa native.
＊Closed…Monday from November to March / No rest from May to October
This museum houses about six hundred works of art, including Hattori Ichiro and the Sunritz Company's collected tea utensils, antique calligraphy, and contemporary Western paintings. You will be moved by the refined beauty that the Japanese adore. ＊Closed…Monday ＊Opening hours:…9:30～16:30 ＊Address:…Kogandori 2-1-1, Suwa-shi
Presents the Art Nouveau work of artists such as Émile Gallé. ＊Open…year-round ＊Opening hours:…9:00～17:00 ＊Address:…Kogandori 1-13-28, Suwa-shi
Covering over 400 yards and 14 holes with a wide fairway and essential features like ponds, golfers of varying abilities love this resort golf course. Our hotel offers accommodation in partnership with the Mitsui-no-mori Tateshina Golf Club and the Forest Mitsui-no-mori Country Club; guests can play at a discount. Please feel free to inquire. ＊Togoku 10411, Aza, Toyohira, Chino-shi
This onsen has an octagonal Roman bath that is surrounded by windows on all sides to take in the surroundings. The view looks out to Yatsugatake in the east and to the Southern and Northern Japanese Alps in the west.
Men's and women's bathing areas, sauna, relaxation room※The men's and woman's baths alternate weekly
Ramen Chain from Nagano Prefecture. Delicious. set meals are also available.
The 14th of every month is Tenho Day, which means ¥140 off dandan noodles (tantanmen).
Half-off gyoza on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month.
Specials on draft beer from the 25th to the end of each month!
Something about this Italian restaurant inside a rennovated farmhouse just warms the heart.
The apple pizza is delicious and will hook your tastebuds.
This restaurant is always crowded due to its popularity.
With fresh toppings received daily from Tsukiji fish market, this restaurant's menu may vary depending on the recommended delicious items of the day.Enjoy sushi rice cooked with brisk Mt. Yatsugatake water, local, seasonal ingredients and more.
The lofty foothills of Mt. Yatsugatake are the ideal location for cultivating sweet, delicious buckwheat, which is made into delectable handmade soba noodles using crisp Yatsugatake spring water. Come to Choju Sarashina for genuine handmade Shinshu soba.
A small restaurant run by a married couple. The former hotel chef lovingly prepares each dish by hand only after orders are placed. Dishes are not prepared in advance, so the restaurant closes once ingredients run out. Set menus are offered at reasonable prices, and the omlete rice is delicious!
Ingredients, spices, and organic local vegetables are carefully selected to provide the tastes of authentic Australian cuisine in Japan. Savor the generous portions along with a view of the Japanese Alps.
Tender spareribs baked in the special oven are recommended.