Discover the beautiful nature of the Yatsugatake Mountains and the culture of the locals who have lived in communion with them for more than 10,000 years.
Suwa area stretches at the foot of the Yatsugatake, great mountains which have shaped the lives of the locals for thousands of years. The people here worship the spirit of nature residing in the mountains. Even their gastronomy and crafts are based on what the mountains give them. They have adapted their lifestyle to overcome the hardships posed by living so close to the peaks, always in harmony with the nature.
What is Yamaura?
Yamaura means "the back of the mountains". In the past it was used as a negative term for the mountain villages. Now the locals have made this word their own and they use it with pride to indicate that way of living in harmony with nature typical of this area.
Chino Tabi (official name: Chino Tourism Organization) is a DMO -Destination Management Organization- for Chino City and surroundings.
We organize unique tours and activity to connect locals and travelers. All our guides and instructors are from the area and will show you the real culture of the Yatsugatake. Our experiences are high-quality, authentic and sustainable.
Our mission is to bring about the revitalization of the local community through Tourism. Our wish is to connect people (travelers and locals) through Chino Tabi, thus supporting a sustainable development of the local community while instilling in the locals a sense of pride for the place they live in.
Chino is located in Nagano Prefecture, on the east side. It is part of what is called Suwa area, a conglomeration of 6 cities and villages which occupies the land between the Yatsugatake Mountains and Lake Suwa.
What kind of place is Chino? Chino is a large area which extends from the top of the Yatsugatake Mountains all the way down to the Suwa valley, its altitude varying from 770m to 2899m. The difference in altitudes inside the same area creates a variegated environment with definite seasons.