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During the Edo Period (1603-1867), Obuse was a prosperous town rich in art and culture. Staying true to its heritage, the small town continues to offer visitors a variety of art museums, a sake brewery, shops and restaurants around the narrow lanes and attractive, traditional style buildings at its center. Obuse owes much of its acclaim to the famous painter Hokusai, who spent several years here. Hokusai is well-known for his ukiyo-e style art, such as iconic works like
The Great Wave off Kanagawa and the rest of the 36 Views of Kanagawa. A collection of his work can be seen at the Hokusai Museum at the center of town.
A short walk away down the narrow Chestnut Alley is the rear entrance of the Takai Kozan Memorial Museum. This was the former residence of Takai Kozan, the wealthy merchant who brought Hokusai to Obuse as his patron and student. The museum exhibits several of Kozan's paintings, many of which depict scenes of Japanese ghosts and goblins, as well as some of his calligraphy works. The building itself is notable for its hidden rooms and secret passages.
Step away from the usual hustle and bustle of Tokyo with a private Japan tour package through the tranquil city of Obuse with your own private tour guide. Enjoy a Japan vacation with the all the best sights you want and nothing you don't with Japan Deluxe Tours!
Developed temple town that retains historical significance
Features ukiyoe works by famous painter Katsushika Hokusai
Japan's popular ski area; hosted Winter Olympics events
Popular tourist destination to experience the atmosphere of old Japanese port stations
Hirajiro castle built on plains rather than a hill
Outdoor hot spring made exclusively for snow monkeys
Stores the first Buddha statue brought into Japan
Famous for its snow monkeys that bathe; free foot baths in town