Alps Hot Spring Museum

Easy to understand panels and videos covering topics such as hot spring creation, bathing methods, and the history of Kuzu and Omachi Onsenkyo hot springs. The museum is located on the site of Yakushinoyu public bath where you can experience a variety of baths (4 distinct types of hot spring), including the “Alps Nature Bath House” (which has an exhilarating open air bath). You can enjoy an authentic hot spring experience.

See also this Yakushinoyu Hot Spring page.

Admission 700 yen (including bathing fee at Yakushinoyu) Hours 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in summer (July thru October)
10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in winter (November thru June)
(last entry 8:30 p.m.)
Location See Google Map Closed on Open 7 days a week

Alps Rice Polishing Factory

Controlled by the latest computer technology, this is Japan’s largest rice polishing plant, milling rice for use in sake brewing. The rice milling process is clearly explained via panels and the factory’s workings can be viewed on a tour behind wide glass windows. There is also information on around 100 sake breweries in Nagano Prefecture as well as a tasting and sales corner.

Admission Free Hours 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location See Google Map Closed on Mondays, around New Year’s Day, and in winter (please contact the factory for more information)

Shiki Theatre Company Museum

A museum detailing the Shiki Theatre Company that has produced Japanese performances of hit musicals such as “Cats” and “The Phantom of the Opera”. The museum displays information on the company’s activities and history, actual costumes and props used on stage and documentation relating to domestic and international theatrical performances.

Website (Japanese)

Admission 600 yen Hours 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (4:00 p.m. in November)
Location See Google Map Closed on Mondays and the day after a national holiday, and in winter (late November thru late April)
(Open on Monday if a national holiday, and closed on the following day.)