Azumino City is a place where you can enjoy a variety of pleasurable experiences. These include tasting fresh apples or the local specialty crop of Wasabi, which is grown in the cool clear waters flowing down from their headwater springs in the Northern Alps. Other popular activities are museum tours or hiking in the mountains while enjoying panoramic views of the Northern Alps. It is a wonderful, peaceful area.
This wasabi farm is the largest in Japan. At the nearby Tade River stands the three-wheeled water mill which appeared in Akira Kurosawa's film “Dreams.”
Views to the west of Azumino city are dominated by the magnificent Northern Alps mountain range. From anywhere in the city, you can look up and be greeted with views of the stunning 3,000-meter peaks. Views from Mt. Nagamine, of the Northern Alps shining in the morning sun, are particularly spectacular.
Apple orchards spread across the foothills of the Northern Alps. Being blessed with perfect natural conditions, such as the day-night temperature variance, means that plentiful delicious apples are produced. In early May, with the coming of spring, the apple trees are covered in beautiful white blossoms.
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