About Omi

Omi Village has its origins in a naturalized Korean population that was invited by the Yamato Court, it is said, for the spinning of hemp in the area.
For over 1,000 years, the village has prospered since the old days as an important transportation point that saw new culture spread rapidly from the distant capital.
Mt. Obasute moon culture originated here and the village has been visited by writers and literati. Thanks to the wisdom and efforts of our ancestors, a lot of precious historical heritage has been preserved to this day.
Also blessed with beautiful nature, we are proud of places such as Hijiri Highlands, where the four seasons can be enjoyed, and the sunset attraction at "Schongarten Omi".
We will protect these rich natural treasures, and greet visitors with warm compassionate hearts and smiling faces.
Please look forward to enjoying the exceptional support of everyone in Omi village who cherish people and nature, and nurture rich warm hearts.

Access

from Tokyo

2 hrs 30 min to Matsumoto by Azusa express on JR Chuo Line

from Nagoya

2 hrs 5 min to Matsumoto by Shinano express on JR Chuo Line

from Matsumoto

30 min to Hijiri Kogen on JR Shinonoi Line (Nagano bound)

Shinkansen

2 hrs 15 min to Hijiri Kogen on Shinkansen from Tokyo to Nagano, changing to JR Shinonoi Line at Nagano

History

Since development during the 3rd century, Omi Village prospered as a transport point, and during the 10th century, became a station on the byway for the Tosando Road. The village was also made a territory for the procurement of supplies for Ise shrine.
During the Warring States Period, the area was disputed by powerful local lords, but in the Edo Period, a post town was established as a Shogun's demesne, and saw increased traffic from pilgrims travelling to Zenkoji Temple or visiting Ise Shrine.
In 1875, four villages were merged into Omi Village, and in 1956, it merged once again with neighboring Hyuga Village to become the present-day Omi Village.

Topography

Our beautiful village is located in the northern part of the Higashi-Chikuma District in central Nagano Prefecture, in the Omi River basin of the southern foothills of Mt. Hijiri. To the north are Chikuma & Nagano Cities, and to the east is Sakai area of Chikuhoku Village, while the south and West connect to Sakakita area of Chikuhoku Village. The village joined the high-speed transportation era with the construction of Omi interchange on the Nagano Expressway. Further development is expected due to the presence of Route 403 and the construction of the Maruko-Shinshushin prefectural road.
Much of the village area is forest or mountainous land, and the area around Lake Hijiri has become a popular sightseeing and leisure spot with a number of holiday cottages developed with a focus on nature protection.

Climate

Because of the inland climate, there is an intense change in temperature between hot and cold. Summer is refreshing and comfortable, while winters are long and harsh. The changing scenery across the four seasons exude a rich beauty.