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Ōmachi, Nagano

Ōmachi (?ó????; -shi) is a city located in Nagano, Japan. As of 2003, the city has an estimated population of 30,482 and the population density of 65.58 persons per km². The total area is 464.84 km². The city was founded on July 1, 1954. Omachi city is located north of Matsumoto city, also located in the Nagano prefecture. Lake Kizaki is also situated near Omachi city.

Local Attractions

There are a few attractions in the city of Omachi. Among the most famous of them would be Lake Kizaki, a popular seaside resort containing several water games and attractions, and others include Kurobe Dam, situated in the mountainous area surrounding the Onsenkyo area. From here you can travel to Takayama or simply visit the dam it's self.

Omachi Ski is a fairly small ski location which is recommended for beginner or amateur skiiers.

Yearly there is a horse race festival held nearby the Omachi Track and Field ground, the exact date of the year that this is held is often random but always in August.

During August you can also witness the Yamabiko Matsuri , a festival held on the main street which involves many companies from around the area. During this festival you can watch a parade on the main street held by all involved, buy snacks and drinks or join in yourself with the parade. All parade members receive free drink and food from their sponsors.

In September you can visit Kamado Jinya ( Kamado Shrine ). During this festival you can make a wish to God via a small donation to the shrine it's self, and enjoy fireworks in the nearby playing field. There are also food and drink stands set up around the shrine grounds, as well as games.

New year is also held around several shrines in Omachi city. No food stands are available at this time, the festivities often involve a large fire which many people gather around.

Postal Codes

All Omachi City postal codes start with the prefix 398-

Telephone numbers

All Omachi City telephone numbers start with the prefix 0261

Omachi as a winter ski resort

There are six ski resorts located in Omachi; Yanaba Ski Resort, Omachi Ski Resort, Jiigatake Ski Resort, Sun Alpina Kashimayari Ski Resort, Sun Alpina Keikyu Aoki-ko Ski Resort, and Yanaba Parallel Ski Resort. Easy access to each of these places together with a spa in the surrounding area make this location attractive and enjoyable resort for both skiing and hot springs.

Ski Resort Information

  • Yanaba Ski Resort/ 0261-23-1123
  • Omachi Ski Resort/ 0261-23-1022
  • Jiigatake Ski Resort/ 0261-23-7555
  • Sun Alpina Kashimayari Ski Resort/ 0261-23-1231
  • Sun Alpina Keikyu Aoki-ko Ski Resort/ 0261-23-2391
  • Yanaba Parallel Ski Resort/ 0261-23-1123

Higashiyama Outdoor Museum/ Yamanoko Mura

This place offers an interactive experience with nature by utilizing the surrounding mountains. One can learn a lot from playing in the pond, field athletic, playing in the grass park, and nature observation. In Yamanoko Mura, meaning mountain kids village, one would feel very close to nature by living without electricity, gas, nor TV.
 
  • Adult 400 yen/ open 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (reservation necessary for night use)/ closed between December and March/ 0261-23-0366
  • 10 min. taxi ride from Shinano-omachi station

Nishina

Nishina Sanko (Nishina Three Lakes)

These are the only natural lakes in the North Alps mountains. The biggest is Lake Aoki-ko. Its depth and transparency reflecting Hakuba's three mountains, make it one of the greatest lakes in the country. Lake Kizaki-ko, located southern-most among the three, is the water sports haven. A number of campsites attract the crowds in summer.
Lake Nakatsuna-ko, smaller than the other two, is best for fishing. Ice fishing in winter is as popular as summer fishing. Starting this point, the Mt. Koguma Trekking Course is a magnificent scenic spot to view Mt. Kashimayari, that, passing Kurosawa Kogen (Height), leads to Lake Kizaki-ko.

Shio-no-michi Hakubutsukan (Salt Road Museum)

The house of the Hirabayashi family is open to the public as a museum. Hirabayashi was a salt wholesaler in the Yedo period(1603-1868). The history of Chikuni kaido or the Salt Road together with the outfit and the tools for journey are introduced in a display of nearly one thousand items.
Also, old documents and supplied goods are exhibited in this museum which is worth seeing.
 
  • Adult 400 yen/ open 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. May - October, 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. November - April/ closed Wednesdays from November to April/ 0261-22-4018
  • 5 min. walk from Omachi station

Omachi Alpine Museum

The town of Omachi has developed as a mountainous country. The local mountain culture, nurtured in nature is introduced in this museum. The transformation of mountain-climbing throughout its history is explained from various aspects with a number of interesting materials displayed.
The spectacular view of the North Alps from the observatory on the third floor is really beyond comparison. There is an additional park where animals and plants inhabiting the Alps, as well as the surrounding areas, are observed.
 
  • Adult 400 yen/ open 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m./ open everyday Apr- Oct./closed Monday Nov.- Mar./ 0261-22-0211
  • 10 min. taxi ride from Omachi station

sake museum

Sake-no Hakubutsukan (sake museum)

Sake (rice wine) production in this town depends on its blessed rich and fresh headwaters. Five hundred pieces of tools exhibited in the museum proves that the town's reputation as a sake maker. Furthermore, sake making history and culture are described in easy-to-understand narration. 1,500 kinds of sake in Japan are also displayed. A sake tasting section is provided for lovers of Japanese rice wine.
 
  • Adult 600 yen (The ticket is also valid for the local toy museum)/ open everyday 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. April 25 - October 31, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. November 1 - April 24 (Thursdays closed)/ 0261-22-1942
  • Take a bus from Omachi station, get off at Omachi Onsen-kyo

Omachi Kyodo-gangu Hakubutsukan (local toy museum)

A collection of local toys from all over the country, including Omachi local toys, is displayed in this museum. The collection (2,400 pieces) represents the heartwarming, humorous, and simple features of local toys from different areas of Japan.
  • Adult 600 yen (The ticket is also valid for sake museum)/ open everyday 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. April 25 - October 31, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. November 1 - April 24 (Thursdays closed)/ 0261-22-1942
  • Take a bus from Omachi station, get off at Omachi Onsen-kyo

Henry Miller Museum of Art

Henry Miller is famous both as a distinguished writer and as a watercolor painter. His bright and leisurely style and daring touch of his works, are the hallmarks of this American genius of the twentieth century. This is the first museum built in the world which is dedicated to Henry Miller. The gallery contains a hundred and ten pieces of his watercolor paintings and lithographs.
  • Adult 800 yen/ open everyday 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. April 25 - October 31, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. November 1 - April 24 (Mondays closed)/ 0261-23-5002
  • 1 min. walk from Omachi Onsen-kyo bus stop


Takase Ravine (Takase Dam, Nanakura Dam, Omachi Dam)

Takase Ravine consists of three dams; Takase, Nanakura, and Omachi. Takase Dam is the biggest in scale: 176 meters high and 11.59 million cubic meters.
In autumn, the leaves turn red and yellow, which contrasts with the emerald green of the reservoir, and the visitors enjoy its beauty.
Takase River Tepuko-kan is located at the entrance of Takase Ravine, in which the relationship of water and electricity as well as the mechanics of the dam are described with a diorama and models. Observation of the dam and the power station is available with a reservation.
  • For Takase River Tepuko-kan admission fee is free/ 9:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m./ Closed Mondays from December to April.
  • For the observation of the dam and the power station, it is only available from the end of April to the last day of November.

Nishina-shinmeigu Shrine

Omachi area has been called "Nishina's hometown" since the ancient days. Nishina-shinmeigu Shrine is a national treasure, that was built in early Yedo period (1603-1868).
There are many cedar trees along the path to the shrine. Standing at the end of the path is the sanctuary of the shrine. This is one of the oldest sinmei-zukuri ( a style of roof) in Japan. Here you can get a glimpse of history.
  • 10 min. taxi ride from Shinano-omachi station

By Train

Shinjuku (Chuo Tosen Line - Oitosen Line, Tokkyu "Super Azusa") - Shinano-omachi: approx. 3 hrs.
Nagoya (Chuo Saisen Line, Tokkyu "Shinano") - Matsumoto (Oitosen Line) - Shinano-omachi: approx. 2 hrs. 40 min.

By Car

Tokyo - Shinano-omachi Approx. 4 hrs. (Chuo Jidoshado, Nagano Jidoshado, Route 147)
Nagoya - Shinano-omachi Approx. 3 hrs. 30 min. (Chuo Jidoshado, Nagano Jidoshado, Route 147)
Osaka - Shinano-omachi Approx. 5 hrs. 30 min. (Meishin Kosoku Jidoshado, Hokuriku Jidoshado, Route 148)

Bus

Kawanakajima Bus, Omachi Office/ 0261-22-1161
Matsumoto Dentetsu, Omachi Office/ 0261-22-1161
Kita Alps Kotsu/ 0261-22-0799

Taxi

Alps Taxi/ 0261-22-2121
Omachi Meitetsu Taxi/ 0261-23-2323

Rental Car

Toyota Rental Lease, Nagano Omachi/ 0261-22-1300
Matsuda Rental Lease, Nagano Omachi Office/ 0261-23-5656