awai 戸隠

Relax your mind and body, in the land of "awai".

Amidst the solemnity of nature, touch the uninterrupted rhythm of life.
Experience the blessings of the land, nurtured by crisp air and clear water.
As the sky begins to brighten, walk through the cedar-lined path leading to the sacred precincts.
Connect with the ancient memories entwined with natural reverence.

Auberge
awai Togakushi

The land of “awai”, Togakushi

A 40-minute drive from Nagano Station.
Situated at an altitude of 1,200 meters in the mountainous region,
there is a village with thatched-roof lodgings.
Togakushi is a land of “awai”
— a harmonious place where people and nature blend as one.
A way of life in harmony with the harshness of nature,
a reverence for something beyond human intellect.
That spirit still thrives todayin the everyday life of Togakushi.
Things forgotten with timeremain undisturbed here.

Auberge with Spring water

Spring water, produced by the sacred mountain, Mt. Togakushi.
The water, the origin of Togakushi nature reverence, is very mild and soft,
and brings out the best of all the ingredients.
Vegetables full of vitality from Togakushi,
carefully selected ingredients from Nagano such as river fish, wild game meat.
They are prepared carefully and simply,
so that you can feel the natural flavor of the water and seasonal ingredients themselves.
Please enjoy Togakushi cuisine which is gentle on your mind and body.

Hotel

“awai Tgakushi” is a decentralized auberge,
where you can experience the culture, architecture, and cuisine of Togakushi.

Kyu-Chusha-Kokaido
(Former Chusha Public Hall)

Area : Chusha
Capacity : 2 guests × 2 rooms
Target : 12 years old or above


"Kyu-Chusha-Kokaido" (Former Chusha Public Hall) stands along the approach to Togakushi Shrine.
The hotel is located on the second floor of the former community center.
Retaining traces etches by the passage of time, it highlights the beauty of wooden architecture in a minimalistic space.
Meals are enjoyed at the restaurant on the first floor of the same building.
Enjoy the leisurely flow of time at Togakushi.

Kayabuki Cottage
(Thatched-Roof Cottage)

Area : Houkosha
Capacity : 6 guests
Target : 6 years old or above


Nestled quietly in the village of Houkosha — the "Kayabuki Cottage".
We have revitalized a traditional "kayabuki" (thatched-roof) farmhouse, turning it into a standalone rental room, where you can experience the life of Togakushi harmonizing with nature.
Meals are enjoyed at the restaurant on the first floor of Kyu-Chusha-Kokaido.
The house is also equipped with a kitchen and cooking utensils for simple cooking.
Perfect for couples, families, and friends.
Enjoy a flexible stay.

Restaurant

The 20-seat restaurant is located on the first floor of "Kyu-Chusha-Kokaido" (the Former Chusha Public Hall), which is a former community center standing along the approach.
Carefully and simply, we bring out the natural flavors of the seasonal ingredients from Togakushi and Nagano, with the spring water of Togakushi.
In this gathering place where lights have once again come on, please enjoy Togakushi French cuisine, which is gentle on your mind and body.

Lunch
11:30〜14:00 (Last order: 13:30)
(Reservations for set course available)
Cafe
14:00〜16:00 (Last order: 15:30)
(Currently closed)
Dinner
18:00〜21:30
(Reservations for set courses only)
Closed on Tuesdays. Irregular closures
(please check on Instagram or the official website for updates).

The historical townscape of temple lodgings and gate-front communities,
combined with the strict and beautiful nature, creates a harmonious atmosphere in Togakushi.
Known since ancient times as a sacred site for mountain worship,
the cedar tree path at Togakushi Shrine's Okusha is lined with ancient trees that are over four centuries old.
The entire area is designated as a national park,
ensuring the preservation of its rich natural environment.

The cedar tree path at Togakushi Shrine's Okusha

The historical townscape of temple lodgings and gate-front communities,
combined with the strict and beautiful nature, creates a harmonious atmosphere in Togakushi.
Known since ancient times as a sacred site for mountain worship,
the cedar tree path at Togakushi Shrine's Okusha is lined with ancient trees that are over four centuries old.
The entire area is designated as a national park,
ensuring the preservation of its rich natural environment.

Embracing the spirit of nature worship,
Togakushi continues to thrive with the cultural tradition of "kayabuki" (thatched roofs).
Through the restoration of "Kayabuki Cottage",
we explore the essential relationship between humans and nature.

Embracing the spirit of nature worship,
Togakushi continues to thrive with the cultural tradition of "kayabuki" (thatched roofs).
Through the restoration of "Kayabuki Cottage",
we explore the essential relationship between humans and nature.

Points of
Interest Nearby

Here are the recommended places around this facility.

People

We are rooted in Togakushi.
As a member of Togakushi,
we welcome you to this area.

People

We are rooted in Togakushi.
As a member of Togakushi,
we welcome you to this area.
Chef : Yuki Fujimoto
After graduating from vocational school, he trained at a two-star restaurant in Lyon, France. After returning to Japan, he honed his skills for four years at the one-star French restaurant "La Paix" in Tokyo, before moving his base to Nagano. He specializes in vegetable dishes.

ManagerHikaru Narita

ChefYuki Fujimoto

Chef : Yuki Fujimoto
After graduating from vocational school, he trained at a two-star restaurant in Lyon, France. After returning to Japan, he honed his skills for four years at the one-star French restaurant "La Paix" in Tokyo, before moving his base to Nagano. He specializes in vegetable dishes.