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winter season management (2018-2019)


Though Azumino is very cold in winter, you must be impressed with the view of all snow covered mountains.


operating : 21th Dec.—23th Feb.      ( closed on 10th Jan. and every Tuesday from 15th Jan.)

staying fee : each person 200yen up from the fee in spring-autumn (dormitory 3000yen)



Some shops and museums around here are closed in winter.

The temperature keeps minus degree on some days. Cycling is not recommended.

No sightseeing bus is operating around Azumino. I can take you to swan pond and  Wasabi farm.(12th Jan.–22th Feb.)Please read following explanation(event schedule).

The restaurant nearby will be closed from 28th Dec. to 3rd Jan. During these days, we hold dinner party (self cooking together).

Round tripping to Onsen will be stopped from 28th Dec. to 3rd Jan. Please use shower room in the guesthouse on these days.


event schedule of A.I. guesthouse

#28th Dec.—3rd Jan.     dinner party (self cooking together)(booking required)


In these days, the restaurant nearby will be closed. So, I planned to hold the dinner party!This is NOT “dinner service” like rich hotel, but “self cooking together”. Please help each other for serving, dish cleaning etc. Foodstuffs will be ready by manager. The menu 31th is sukiyaki. On other days, the menu will be decided on the day. Checking in until 6p.m. is required. / entry fee : 900yen (1200yen/31th Dec.)

*The guests who will not entry the party can stay on these days, too.


#1st  Jan.     the tour for New year’s praying for shrine


leaving 9a.m.—NIshina shinmeigu shrine (national heritage)—coming back around 11a.m.

no entry fee


#12th Jan.—22th Feb.    swan watching tour

No entry fee is required, and anti-cold wear is required!

start from the guesthouse 6:30—->(drive 5 minutes)—->

swan pond (free watching)—->back to the guesthouse around 7:40


#12th Jan.—22th Feb.  We can make a short stop (30 minutes) at famous Daio wasabi farm, on the way to send you back to the station after your checking out.


*If you want to stay there more, I can send you to just wasabi farm. You need to walk to Hotaka station 40 minutes.

*If some other guests want to go there, please adjust 1 time to go.

attention for mountain trekking lovers

27th April

Nowadays,  the weather becomes warmer day by day.

It becomes very good for walking or cycling around Azumino.


(They started planting rice)

But, I would like to tell to mountain trekking lovers

that it is still in winter around the top of Japan alps.



These photos were taken in 25th April by Enzanso lodge staffs.

(Enzanso stands at 2700m high, just next to the top of Mt. Tsubakuro)

Until late June, you need to take ice ax, crampons, winter wear, and so on.

Also you need the experience of using them.

I recommend to easygoing trekkers to go to Japan alps mountains

in late July (after rainy “Tsuyu” season), August, or September.

Please be careful for your safety and enjoyable trip!



day trip to snow monkey park

Start here at 8:35 is my recommendation.

I take you to Akashina station with guesthouse car.


Leaving Akashina at 8:54 ,


arriving Nagano terminal almost 10:00.

Go through the central ticket check, and turn left to east exit.


Go down stairs left side.


Ride the bus stopping at platform no.23 or 24.

(Asking to the bus staff is recommended.)

Leaving Nagano at 10:15.


Arriving “snow monkey park” bus stop at 11:00.

Walking 30 minutes is required from this bus stop.

On the way to the monkey park,

there are many English signs for helping to go.

No need to worry about losing way.





Arriving this gate almost 11:05.


From this gate, the walking way is narrow and slippy.

Sporty shoes are recommended.


Finally, go upstairs and you find the entrance.

(almost 11:30)

500 yen for each person is required.

Some monkeys are welcoming you around the entrance!


And some monkeys are relaxing in the bath!





“How is live camera going on?”


Humans and monkeys are going up on the same slope.


A baby monkey loves his(her?) mother.


“Hold tight!”


After enjoying, go back to the bus stop.

I recommend you to check the departure time of the bus

before you start walking to the park!


I arrived here at 13:00, just departed……..

Of course, I know some happening makes travelling more joyful, right?