Today we visit the town of Obuse, known for woodblock prints by Hokusai, Japan’s famous Edo period woodblock print artist. We will visit the Hokusai Museum and admire some the artist’s great prints and also visit the Takai Kozan Memorial Hall, home of local tycoon Takai Kozan, a friend and supporter of Hokusai. Both are linked by the Kuri no Komichi, a small pathway paved with blocks of chestnut wood. The town itself has well preserved Japanese houses and shops which will take you back to Japan’s yesteryear. We will try Obuse’s local specialty – chestnut – in various forms and visit one of Obuse’s four sake breweries. If time permits, there are also a number of temples and art museums in Obuse worth a visit.