Ueda City is in the eastern part of Nagano Prefecture, in the middle of the main Japanese island of Honshu. Less than two hours from Tokyo, the city and its surroundings provide an intriguing mixture of nature, history and culture. Encircled by forested, 2000m high mountains, there is a wealth of hiking opportunities providing dramatic views down to the Chikuma River valley and adjacent fertile plains. The city has a rich history, which is explored in a number of walks in this book. Bessho Onsen provides a chance to soak in some ancient hot springs. In addition, there are famous temples and shrines nearby, many dating from the 13th century. Strategically located between Tokyo and Niigata, the Ueda area was the scene of a number of historic battles during the 15th century. Later, in the Edo era, it became an important site for commerce, transport and agriculture. Many reminders of these times are described in this book. Ueda City and environs provide a memorable engagement with one of Japan's most livable cities. Each tour has a detailed English description, color photographs, and a full-colour map. Even with no Japanese language ability, readers will be able to find their way around the routes, and glean fascinating details about the sights encountered. The perfect companion for your trip. Includes Ueda and Sakaki Area 1. Central Ueda City Walk/Ride 2. Unnojuku Walk/Ride 3. Mt Taro Hike 4. Mt Daidou Hike 5. Ikushima Tarushima Shrine and Mt Higashi Hike Bessho Onsen Area 6. Bessho Onsen Walk/Ride 7. Shioda Plains Walk/Ride 8. Mt Ogami Hike 9. Mt Tokko Hike Aoki Village Area 10. Mt Juukan and Mt Otaka Hike 11. Mt Komayumi Hike Maruko Area 12. Maruko Castle Park and Temples Walk Sugadaira Kogen 13. Mt Azumaya and Mt Neko Hike Yunomaru Kogen 14. Mt Eboshi and Mt Yunomaru Hike 15. Mt Kagonoto and Mt Mizunoto Hike Komoro City Area 16. Nunobiki Temple and Komoro Castle Park Hike
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Peter Ninnes has lived in Japan since 2007. In that time, and during a couple of earlier holiday visits, he has managed to get to all 47 prefectures, climb 66 mountains, bathe in over 200 different hot springs, remember a few more kanji than he has forgotten, lose count of the number of temples and shrines he has seen, and eat all sorts of stuff that he didn’t know was edible. Before coming to Japan, he lived in East Timor, Australia, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and the US. His next book is a guide to the Top 100 Nagano Hot Springs, and will be published in early 2013.
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 70 pages. 9.00x6.00x0.17 inches. This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # zk1479359033