How to get to Obuse
From Nagano (how to get to Nagano)
Nagaden (Nagano Electric Railways) operates two local trains per hour between Nagano (underground Nagaden Nagano Station, next to JR Nagano Station) and Obuse (35 minutes, 670 yen). Additionally, there are limited express trains along the same route (25 minutes, 770 yen, departures every 90 minutes). Nagaden trains are not covered by the Japan Rail Pass. From Obuse Station it is a 10 to 15 minute walk to the town center.
From Yamanouchi (how to get to Yamanouchi)
Nagaden (Nagano Electric Railways) operates one or two local trains per hour between Yudanaka Station in Yamanouchi and Obuse. The trip takes 30-45 minutes, costs 590 yen, and requires a change of trains at Shinshunakano Station. Additionally, there are direct limited express trains along the same route (20 minutes, 690 yen, departures every 1-2 hours). Nagaden trains are not covered by the Japan Rail Pass. From Obuse Station it is a 10 to 15 minute walk to the town center.
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Most of Obuse's attractions are located about a ten minute walk from Obuse Station, and are within easy walking distance of each other around Obuse's compact town center. Ganshoin Temple and the Floral Garden Obuse lie further away but are still within walking distance for good walkers.
The Obuse Town Bus, a local bus for tourists, operates daily from mid April through November. It runs once hourly (more frequently during busy seasons) and stops at all of the major attractions around Obuse including Obuse Station, Ganshoin Temple and the Floral Garden outside of the town center. A one day pass for the bus costs 300 yen.