Kinasa (鬼無里, Kinasa) is a quiet village located in Nagano City, Nagano Prefecture, Japan.
So-called City of the valley (Tani no Miyako), the area stretches along the headstream of Susobana river surrounded by mountains.
Come and Visit KINASA
KINASA covers an area of 128 square kilometers. 90% of the area is a mountain forest and about 1300 people live in the rest of the area.
The altitude of the roadside rest area (Tabi no eki KINASA) is about 678 meters while Okususobana Nature Park where you can explore the ancient beech forest and white arum colonies is 1250 meters.
Thanks to the mountains and clean water and air, we have mountain vegetables in Spring and edible wild mushrooms in Autumn as well as seasonal fresh vegetables grown by locals.
You can also enjoy Nagano’s traditional food, Oyaki and Soba.
For those who love walking, we offer “Footpath” walking trails. Each footpath course takes 2-4 hours. We suggest you to get the course maps before you start walking. (We are afraid there are only a few English designations on the maps.)
To stay in KINASA is the best way to see and experience the daily life of a Japanese village. We share borders with well-known touristic destinations, Hakuba and Togakushi. But if you prefer more peaceful and personal experience to the hustle and bustle, KINASA is the place to be.
We would like you to savor the magnificent panorama from every mountain path and the stunning landscape that suddenly appears on a road.
If you are interested in the earth history, the Okususobana Valley is a must-visit sight! There you can see the spectacular strata geometric art. In autumn, colored leaves are pleasing to our eyes. (The road to Okususobana Valley will be closed in winter season.)
If you’re in Kinasa only for one day be sure to stop by Kinasa Furusato Museum (Kinasa Folk Heritage Museum) where you can learn the history, culture and living of KINASA.
But to really get to know and feel Kinasa, book a Japanese inn (Japanese only), stay with us for a few days and immerse yourself into the City of Valley.
From Nagano Station (Zenkoji exit), please take bus number 74 (destination Kinasa) from bus stop no.7. It takes about 60 min to the last stop Kinasa.
*note: Bus to Togakushi also departs from the same stop. Please be careful not to ride on the wrong bus.
Lores and tales
We have different local lores about the origin of the name “KINASA”, which means the village without evil spirit.
The ones widely known are the story of Kijo-Momiji and the story of the demons who made the Mt. Ichiya-san to prevent the capital being relocated from Kyoto to here.
There are many other lores and tales here in KINASA.
Tsuchikura Monjudo Temple has a story about the general Yoshinaka Kiso who became famous in the late Heian period of Japanese history.
At the Juuni Shurine, the remain of a mooring post tells us the place used to be a lake bottom.