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Day 8 – North Central Exploration

Obuse (oh – boo – say) is a lively city of culture and the arts, where good food, sake, and the company of friends are appreciated. Katsushika Hokusai, internationally renowned ukiyo-e (woodblock printing) artist, lived in Obuse during his later years. His huge ceiling painting of a Chinese Phoenix, done in 1848 when he was 89 years old, can be seen in Gansho-in Temple. Many of the artist’s paintings are on display at the Hokusai Museum. Joko-ji Temple, built in the early Muromachi period (1392 – 1573), stands at the foot of Mt. Karida. The temple’s forested setting provides a quiet atmosphere. The Japanese Lamp Museum has a collection of almost 1,000 antique lanterns, lamps, and candle stands used through 1926. The fertile countryside surrounding Obuse abounds with orchards. The trains and bus from Hoshi Onsen to Obuse will take about 3 hours.