Sushi train nagano, myoko, nozawa

Let’s visit Nagano sushi train!

Sushi is something uniquely Japanese. Sure you can get it readily in just about every other country in the world but why not get the whole experience when visiting Japan. If you don’t want to hit up a traditional sushi-ya then try one of the many Nagano sushi train restaurants in the area. Sometimes called conveyor belt sushi, sushi train is another must do eating experience. Popular franchises include Kappa Sushi, Kaiten and Uobei. Don’t know where/how to find them? Then ask your hotel hosts.

Let’s visit Nagano sushi train!

Sushi is a very healthy and traditional Japanese food, and eating at a sushi train restaurant in Japan is a great experience. This article will show you what to expect when you visit a Nagano sushi train restaurant in Japan.


When you arrive you will be allocated a seat or counter and provided a small clipboard ID with barcode. Sometimes if it’s busy you’ll need to take a number and wait. Try to go outside busy hours as some places are overflowing with people waiting.

Nagano sushi train, myoko, nozawa

A lot of sushi train restaurants have a conveyor belt with fresh sushi travelling around, so you can just snap up whatever you want to eat. Please note that if you’re visiting at less busy times some of the sushi may have been going around the belt for awhile. However at most sushi train restaurants they have this very cool actual mini-train that delivers your food fresh from the kitchen to your table.

To order specialties from the menu, or fresh sushi which isn’t on the conveyor belt, most sushi train restaurants have a touch screen pad, which you use to order food. At some places there is an English button so keep an eye out for it.

sushi-touch-screen-ordering, Nagano sushi train


If there isn’t any English, don’t worry if you don’t know much (or any) Japanese, the devices are really easy to use and there might be an instruction sheet somewhere if you ask.

Nagano sushi train, myoko, nozawa

So order away and enjoy your Nagano sushi train! Usually you make several mini orders (the touch screen order can only fit 4 plates) and keep eating until we have a very high stack of used plates on the table.

Visiting a sushi train restaurant in Japan is a great experience, not only is the sushi fresh and cheap, there are many variations which include western style foods if you’re not too keen on raw fish. There are lots of side dishes, including karage (battered/crumbed) dishes, french fries, desserts, noodles and many others.

The prices are great! Around 1/3 – 1/2 the price of sushi train in your home country.

Sushi train nagano, myoko, nozawa

When you’re finished push the ‘check’ button and the waitress will come count the plates before giving you the bill to take to the cash register. If you’re at a sushi train that only delivers food on a train just take your clipboard ID directly to the register.

And if you don’t have time to sit down and enjoy all this, you can still experience it all when you get takeaway. You will be directed to an area along the conveyor belt which has the touch screen ordering device, as well as plastic takeaway containers.

Enjoy your Nagano sushi train! Check this video for more information

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onbashira festival nagano

Onbashira Festival in Nagano

Onbashira Festival in Nagano

Onbashira Festival

Onbashira Festival details

If you think the Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival is crazy, well then mark your diaries for 2016 and head for the Onbashira Festival (御柱) in Suwa, Nagano. Being one of the “Big Three Strange Festivals” in all of Japan, the festival is held every six years and is something that definitely shouldn’t be missed. The purpose of the festival is to symbolically renew the Suwa Taisha or Suwa Grand Shrine. “Onbashira” can be literally translated as “the honored pillars”. Every six years in April and May, huge logs are selected from trees in mountain forests in the Lake Suwa region and transported by hand to the smaller shrines of Suwa Taisha. The Onbashira festival is reputed to have continued, uninterrupted, for 1200 years. The festival is held once every six years, in the years of the Monkey and the Tiger in the Chinese zodiac, however the locals may say “once in seven years,” because of the traditional Japanese custom of including the current year when counting a length of time. Onbashira lasts several months, and consists of two segments, Yamadashi and Satobiki. Yamadashi traditionally takes place in April, and Satobiki takes place in May.

Part of the journey includes Kiotoshi, where local men climb aboard the logs and endeavour to stay on as they slide down the steep mountainside. Injuries and deaths have occurred during the festival in past years, though being killed by one of the trees is considered to be an honourable death.


“Yamadashi” literally means “coming out of the mountains.” Before this portion of the festival, huge trees are cut down in a Shinto ceremony using axes and adzes specially manufactured for this single use. The logs are decorated in red and white regalia, the traditional colors of Shinto ceremonies, and ropes are attached. During Yamadashi, Teams of men drag the logs down the mountain towards the four shrines of Suwa Taisha. The course of the logs goes over rough terrain, and at certain points the logs must be skidded or dropped down steep slopes. Young men prove their bravery by riding the logs down the hill in a ceremony known as “Ki-otoshi.”

“Satobiki” festival involves the symbolic placement of the new logs to support the foundation of the shrine buildings. The logs are raised by hand, with a ceremonial group of log bearers who ride the log as it is being raised and sing from the top of the log to announce the successful raising. After two festivals, there is an important event “Building of Hoden”. This event isn’t generally famous, and few people know that the event is held even among people who live nearby and participate in Yamadashi and Satobiki. The end of this event marks the end of Onbashira.

Onbashira Festival videos


Myoko-Nagano Ski Pass

Shinetsu Shizenkyo Super Value Ticket:

An all-access ski lift pass/coupon book for the Myoko-Nagano area

Shinetsu Shizenkyo Super Value Ticket

Now ski 22 ski resorts in northern Nagano and Myoko!

Get access to ALL ski resorts in the following cities and towns: Iiyama・Nakano・Myoko・Iizuna・Shinanomachi・Yamanouchi・Kijimadaira・Sakaemura・ Nozawa Onsen

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Click here to reserve a Shinetsu Shizenkyo Super Value Ticket.

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Myoko-Nagano Lift Pass/Coupon Book details

¥21,000 for a 5-ticket pack

Each ticket can be redeemed for a 1-day lift pass at any participating resort.

Many resorts offer facility discounts and coupons in addition to the lift ticket.

Tickets can be exchanged for lift passes/coupons at the ticket center of each resort.

Sales Period/Validity

Coupon books are on sale October 1, 2015 – February 29, 2016

Note! Only 1,000 ticket books will be sold – ticket books may sell out before the end of the sales period

Tickets are valid December 19, 2015 – March 31, 2016

Any unused tickets may be returned between April 1 to May 31, 2016 in exchange for a ¥3,000 goods coupon.

Ticket Sales/Questions

Book online: http://www.shinetsu-shizenkyo.com/supervalue-ticket/english.php#entry

Email: info@iiyama-ouendan.net

Phone: 0269-62-3133 FAX: 0269-81-2156

Address: Iiyama 1110-1, Iiyama City, Nagano Prefecture, JAPAN 〒389-2292

*Coupon books can be ordered online or via phone. Payment is made by bank transfer (“furikomi”)


Participating Resorts & Details

Myoko

①  Seki Onsen Ski Resort –
http://myokokogen.net/resorts/seki_onsen/

1 day lift pass + Meal ticket (¥800 ) + Drink Ticket

② Kyukamura Ski Resort

1 day lift pass + Meal ticket (¥800) + Onsen ticket + Omiyage

③ Myoko Ski Park – http://myokokogen.net/resorts/myoko_ski_park/

Day pack (Lift pass, Meal ticket, Drink ticket) for one adult and one child

④ Akakura Onsen Ski Resort – http://myokokogen.net/resorts/akakura-onsen/

Akakura Kanko Resort Ski Area (Akakan) – http://myokokogen.net/resorts/akakura_kanko/

1 day combo lift pass (Akakura Kanko Resort Ski Area + Akakura Onsen Ski Resort)

⑤ Ikenotaira Onsen Ski Resort – http://myokokogen.net/resorts/ikenotaira/

1 day lift pass + Onsen ticket + Beer ticket

⑥ Myoko Suginohara Ski Resort – http://myokokogen.net/resorts/suginohara/

1 day lift pass + ¥700 coupon for use at the resort

Shinano

⑦ Kurohime Kogen Snow Park – http://myokokogen.net/resorts/kurohime/

1 day lift pass + ¥800 coupon for use at resort facilities

⑧ Tangram Ski Circus – http://myokokogen.net/resorts/tangram_ski_circus/

1 day lift pass + ¥1,000 coupon for use at resort facilities + Onsen ticket

Iizuna

⑨ Iizuna Resort Ski Area – http://myokokogen.net/resorts/iizuna_resort/

1 day lift pass + Meal ticket (¥1300) + Onsen pass

Iiyama

⑩ Madarao Kogen Ski Resort – http://myokokogen.net/resorts/madarao-kogen/

1 day ski pass + Meal ticket (¥1000)

⑪ Madarao Sympathique Ski Resort – http://myokokogen.net/resorts/madarao_sympathique/

1 day lift pass + Meal ticket (¥800) + Onsen ticket

⑫ Togari Onsen Ski Resort

1 day lift pass + Meal ticket (¥500 weekends/¥1000 weekdays) + Onsen ticket

⑬ Iiyama Hokuryu Onsen Family Ski Resort

1 day lift pass + Onsen ticket + 10% discount on stays at the Bunka Hokuryukan


Sakae

⑭ Sakae Club Ski Resort

1 day lift pass + Meal ticket (¥900) + Onsen ticket

⑮ Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort – http://nozawa-onsen.com/nozawa-onsen-ski-resort/

1 day lift pass

Kijimadaira

⑯ Kijimadaira Ski Resort

1 day lift pass + Meal ticket + Onsen ticket

Yamanouchi

⑰ X-JAM Takaifuji Ski Resort/Yomase Onsen Ski Resort

1 day pass to X-JAM Takaifuji Ski Resort/Yomase Onsen Ski Resort/Yamabiko no Oka Ski Resort + Meal ticket (¥800)

⑱ Kita-Ryuo Komaruyama Ski Resort

1 day lift pass + Lunch ticket (¥800)

⑲ Ryuoo Ski Park

1 day lift pass + Meal ticket (¥1000)

⑳ Kita Shiga Kogen Ski Resort

1 day all mountain lift pass

 

Explore the Heart of Japan is not connected in any way with the production or sale of these coupon books. We are providing this information as a service to Nagano ski community. This is a translated version of the Japanese language information released in October 2015. Please direct all enquiries to info@iiyama-ouendan.net For more updates please like us on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/Myoko.Hakuba.Nozawa.Nagano

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