Sightseeing

Starting with the very popular Den-en Plaza, which has over 1 million visitors a year, there are plenty of places to see, including the temples and shrines that tell the history of Kawaba Village and the museum of traditional Japanese art. By all means, take advantage of the walking course that tours these sites when you visit Kawaba Village.

Kawaba Den-en Plaza

Kawaba Den-en Plaza

"Kawaba Den-en Plaza" is the sightseeing base for Kawaba Village, which is surrounded by majestic nature of Mt. Hotaka. This popular roadside station is well known throughout the country and has won many awards, including a Japan Tourism Agency Commissioner’s Award.

There are many delicious items unique to Kawaba for you to enjoy. Visit the "Farmers’ market" for fresh local vegetables, the "Meat shop", "Milk shop", "Bread shop", and "Beer shop" for processed foods, and the many restaurants that use local products! Spend the day enjoying delicious food at Kawaba Den-en Plaza!

  • Beer shop

    Beer shop

    The shop brews 100% malt beer using the clear water that flows from the mountains of "Hotaka", the symbol of Kawaba Village, without any filler. Although made with a focus on body and aroma, Kawaba local beer is easy for even Japanese people to drink.

  • Farmers’ market

    Farmers’ market

    Located beside the East parking lot inside the park, the Farmers’ market is the first thing customers see when they visit. The Farmers’ market offers plenty of low-agricultural-chemical vegetables and fresh fruit picked in Kawaba Village. Edamame (green soybeans), corn, blueberries (from the start of July to the start of August), and apples (September to November) are particularly popular.

  • Bread shop

    Bread shop

    This bakery boasts bread with a simple taste made with fine-quality ingredients from Kawaba Village. The staff make the bread with devotion and affection. By all means, try the rice-flour bread, made using 100% rice flour from the brand-name rice "Yukihotaka", and the fluffy loaves of bread made by kneading rice flour and local Japanese yams.

  • Milk shop

    Milk shop

    The shop’s yogurt, which epitomizes the natural taste of Kawaba Village, is made naturally using only raw milk from cows raised diligently in the countryside of Kawaba Village and no additives.
    The drinkable yogurt is a well-regarded and popular feature item at the Kawaba Den-en Plaza.

  • Meat shop

    Meat shop

    The shop offers homemade ham and sausage made by a craftsperson with "Geselle" (journeyman) qualifications obtained through training in Düsseldorf, Germany. Sanzoku-yaki, made by boiling traditional ham and sausages and then grilling them on a hot iron plate, is so popular that a line form before the shop opens on holidays.

  • Blueberry Park

    Blueberry Park

    Try picking the agriculturally produced blueberries that represent Kawaba Village free of charge inside the park at "Blueberry Park". We recommend tasting the fresh blueberries in Blueberry Park for a fun and delicious experience.

Den-en Plaza Kawaba was awarded
a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2015.

Den-en Plaza Kawaba TripAdvisor award

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History walk

  • Kichijōji temple

    Kichijōji temple

    This famous temple was opened in the first year of the Engen Era. The engraving on the main temple gate of a building with a gabled, hipped roof is elegant, and 16 arhats (ones who are worthy) are magnificently enshrined on an upper floor. The Kichijōji temple flower garden is located on the grounds and is known as the "Temple of flowers".

  • Hotaka shrine

    Hotaka shrine

    One of the two Hotaka shrines located in Kawaba Village. It is said that this temple was established after the moving of the Hotaka shrine of Katashina village in 1755. The engraving in the hall of worship is magnificent, and the engraving of the Dragon in particular has the impressiveness of a masterpiece.

  • Enmeiin

    Enmeiin

    Saint Ryōnin established the preceding Saikōji temple in closing years of the Heian Era. Afterwards, the temple was restored by a priest named Benjyō in 1314. A great number of stone Buddhist images are enshrined here, including board monuments, Japanese pagodas, and five-ringed towers.

  • Kokūzōdō

    Kokūzōdō

    This hall connected to Kōbō Dashi was established in 1560. Enshrinement of the deity started when Kōbō Dashi engraved Akasagarbha (a bodhisattva) in a cave of a mountain behind the temple in 827. Later, it was reconstructed in its present form as a shrine to protect Numata Castle from evil.

  • Keishōji Temple

    Keishōji Temple

    This temple is said to have been constructed to protect a pair of stone monuments said to be the gravesite for Ootomo Ujitoki, a provincial military governor turned daimyo during the period of the Northern and Southern dynasties, and his wife. The gravesite and classical Japanese poetry inscriptions of the local poet Kichi Eguchi, known as the "Female Takuboku Ishikawa", are also located here.

  • Oowarashi

    Oowarashi

    These large Japanese straw sandals are enshrined near the entrance of the Nakano district. Erected to prevent epidemics and bad people from entering the village, the sandals represent the ancient wisdom and belief of villagers formed by the harsh natural environment.

Museum & archives

  • Japan Paper-cutout Museum

    Japan Paper-cutout Museum

    This art museum is housed in a log house constructed by Nobuyuki Goto, who was selected for the "Le Salon" international public exhibition of paper-cutouts. In addition to seeing works selected for the "National paper-cutout competition", you can also try making a paper-cutout for free.

  • Museum of History and Folklore

    Museum of History and Folklore

    The former Kawaba Senior Elementary School, which was designated as a registered national cultural asset, was dismantled, and then reconstructed as this folklore museum. The museum collects and exhibits many precious cultural assets and folk-custom materials of Kawaba Village from ancient times until today.
    Furthermore, the building has a roof truss framework like the Tomioka Silk Mill, a World Heritage Site.