Kyoto to Nagano


  • Fuji and Fuji Lakes
  • Snow Mountains, Snow Field

No Shinkansen. Visit other places along the way.
New Year 2020, my last trip before COVID-19 outbreak.





Part1: Aichi, Nagoya, Nagoya Castle, Toyota Museum, Nabana no Sato
Part2: Shizuoka, Miho no Matsubara
Part3: Shizuoka, Kunozan Toshogu
Part4: Shizuoka, Fujinomiya & Shiraito Falls
Part5: Yamanashi, Fuji Lakes, Lake Kawaguchiko & Aokigahara (The Suicide Forest)
Part6: Yamanashi, Fuji Lakes, Lake Kawaguchiko & Aokigahara (The Suicide Forest)
Part7: Yamanashi, Fuji Lakes, Lake Saiko & Mt. Fuji Panoramic Ropeway
Part8: Nagano, A tough route to Togakushi Shrine in winter
Part9: Nagano, Ski Resorts (Hakuba 47 & Goryu, Togakushi Ski Resort)
Part10: Nagano, Jigokudani Monkey Park
Part11: Nagano, Hokusai Museum (Ukiyo-e Artworks)

Point 4: Nagano

Ukiyo-e (浮世絵)

First Mass Production of Artworks

Ukiyo-e is a genre of Japanese art which flourished from the 17th through 19th centuries. Its artists produced woodblock prints and paintings of such subjects as female beauties; kabuki actors and sumo wrestlers; scenes from history and folk tales; travel scenes and landscapes; flora and fauna; and erotica. Wikipedia

Ukiyo-e (浮世絵) : picture[s] of the floating world

The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai (1831)

Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾 北斎)

Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾 北斎, c. 31 October 1760 – 10 May 1849), known simply as Hokusai, was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period. Hokusai is best known for the woodblock print series Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji which includes the internationally iconic print The Great Wave off Kanagawa. [Wikipedia]



Self portrait at the age of eighty-three

How Ukiyo-e made?

Hokusai-kan Museum (北斎館)

Museum featuring paintings & wood-block prints by the famous ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai.

My Comment
One nice Ukiyo-e museum, but access takes some time

Access by train

There were many stamps. I recommend you bring a book to collect them.

Modern Ukiyo-e. Similar to traditional Ukiyo-e, images are made of layers. But in these work, some layer had sand-like texture, while some has oil-like texture.

Take photo with the Great Wave


How Ukiyo-e is made (1 Block for 1 Layer)

Going back from the Museum

Asahi Sakura (朝陽さくら)

Mascot of this railway. One of Railway Girls (鉄道むすめ | Tetsudou Musume)

Back to Kyoto

I went back by train. From Nagoya to Nagoya, and then go back the same route. Dinner was Bento bought around Nagano Station


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