Nakasato Area

Brief introduction

Surrounded by SHinano river, Kiyotsu river, Kama river,and Nana rive, Nakasato area produces rice, flower, and vegetables. Kiyotsu canyon on Kiyotsu river is one of the three main canyons in Japan and designated as national monument of scenic beauty in Jyo-shinetsu height national park. Nanatsu-gama formed by the flow of river on Kama river is also a national monument of scenic beauty which attract many visitors. Snow-field Nakasato Carnival is held in March every year and candles are spread out on snow field.

About history

Tashiro Kagura (Shinto music and dance) said to be come down from Tokei area about 150 to 160 years ago has been followed by a local group called “Tashiro Kagura” in the village. “Nanatsugama Festival” is held in mid July every year and traditional events such as Kagura and Mizumorai are performed amongst other events. Fukayama sake and sticky rice with vegetables are well appreciated by visitors.

Must see

Space on the bankside of Kama River used to be a place where local people and children gathered and played but became wasteland. The Finish architect group, Casagrande and RIntala helped retrieve the space by turning it into a park with graveled ground and big trees. Using iron, wood, car tires which represent the material civilization in the 20th century for swings and bench, visitors can enjoy the beautiful nature such as the sound of flowing river, the view of rice fields and mountains in distance in a quiet space.

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