Togakushi and Kurohime are home to scenic moutains, history and mystery. Meet ninja and fairies in the cool highlands.
The Togakushi-kogen Highlands area is situated in the north of Nagano within Joshinetsu National Park. This volcanic area has an altitude of 1,200 meters and is located at the foot of two volcanoes, Togakushi and Iizuna. In the midst of a wood, with cedar trees that are over 400 years old, there stands Togakushi-jinja Shrine. Togakushi is also noted for the production of soba noodles.Togakushi is known as the home of Togakure Ninja, which existed during the Warring States period. Togakure-Ryu Ninpo Museum exhibits various items related to ninja and contains picture panels to explain and show the practices of Togakure-Ryu. At Chibikko Ninja Mura, visitors can borrow ninja costumes and Shuriken Darts and Fukiya Darts.
The Kurohime-kogen Highlands spread to the southeast of Mt. Kurohime-yama, situated near the border of Niigata this mountain is also known as Shinano-Fuji. It is a popular summer resort with larch and birch woods, and skiing in winter. Around the area called a "forest of fairy tales," is the Kurohime Fairy Tale Museum that collects fairy tales from all over the world, as well as the O-ike Pond, Nanatsu-ike Pond, volcanic crater lakes, cosmos fields, and cattle grazing fields.
Lake Nojiri-ko at the eastern foot of Mt. Kurohime-yama gained sudden attention when fossils of a giant mammal called Elephas Naumanni (Naumann's elephant ) were discovered in the lakebed. You can see the fossils and other excavated articles in the Nojiri-ko Museum.
[Rail] 2h from Tokyo to Iiyama Station by JR Hokuriku Shinkansen Line, and 25 min from Iiyama Station by bus.