Hi. We’re a group of 10 persons going to Nagano from April 15 – 24, 2020 and finalizing our itinerary. One day , in the morning, we plan to go to JIGOKUDANI SNOW MONKEY PARK. Where do you suggest we go in the afternoon ? We have rented a private van for this tour.
Thanks for contacting us with your question about visiting Nagano.
In April, cherry blossoms flower around the prefecture, and there are many scenic spots where you can see them. One particularly popular spot not too far away from the snow monkeys is called “Chikumagawa Teibo no Sakura Tsutsumi (千曲川堤防の桜堤),” located just outside of Obuse Town. Its peak bloom is generally in late April.
Obuse Town itself is worth a visit as well, with lots of chic cafes and patisseries dotting its old-fashioned Japanese streets. The Hokusai Museum here houses many works of the famous artist who painted “The Great Wave Off Kanagawa,” and at Gansho-in Temple at the foot of the mountain you can see one of his most beautiful paintings.
If Obuse doesn’t catch your interest, may I suggest visiting the Togakushi Okusha Shrine instead?
You can see more information about both Obuse and Togakushi in this blog post from last autumn.
I hope that helps answer your question!