With its museums, sake breweries and local cuisine Obuse is a great place for all art and food lovers. The small town with its narrow streets and traditional charm is renowned for the painter Hokusai who is best known for "Wave of the Coast at Kanagawa" and several museums are dedicated to

Obuse Map

“Obuse was a real surprise highlight of this area. Wandering through the quiet, traditional streets between the art galleries and breweries was a welcome break from the cities. I highly recommend the local specialities: chestnut rice and chestnut ice cream.”

Vivienne Boyack, Sales Manager

Obuse is a small, charming town in Nagano Prefecture, 20 minutes down the tracks from Yudanaka, well known as the retirement home for the famous Japanese painter Katsushika Hokusai. You have probably seen his most famous work, the "Wave off the Coast at Kanagawa". Obuse is also well know for it's unique but delicious local cuisine. From home-made soba noodles to restaurants specializing in chestnut cuisine, Obuse is sure to have something that tickles your fancy!

There are three major art museums in Obuse: the Hokusai-kan, the Nakajima contemporary art museum, and the Takaikozan that are well worth a visit.

Recommended Accommodation in Obuse

The following are our favourites from among the western-style hotels and Japanese-style inns of Obuse.

Experiences in Obuse

Obuse offers a wealth of exciting experiences that will help you get beneath the surface of Japan's fascinating culture. See below for a few of our favourites

Weather in Obuse

The Climate Guide for Obuse, Japan is perfect for planning your holiday. Monthly weather averages give the best indication of what the weather is usually like for every month of the year including figures for temperature, rainfall and sunshine.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max Daytime Temperature (°C) 0 1 5 13 18 20 24 26 21 15 9 3
Min Night-time Temperature (°C) -8 -8 -5 1 6 11 15 17 13 5 -1 -5
Hours of Sunshine (Daily) 4 4 5 6 7 5 5 6 4 5 4 4
Hours of Daylight (Daily) 10 11 12 13 14 15 14 14 12 11 10 10
Heat and Humidity Discomfort None None None None None None None Low None None None None
Days with some Rainfall 25 22 21 17 17 20 22 20 20 16 17 22
Monthly Rainfall (mm) 54 56 72 93 116 195 197 168 195 103 73 49
UV Index (Maximum) 2 3 5 7 9 10 10 10 8 5 3 2