We Visited Tateshina Teddy Bear Museum in Nagano

The next morning after the first day, we had breakfast at 9 o’clock.


The rice was “Okayu (お粥)“, a common type of Japanese rice porridge, and a variety of side dishes were served, which included grilled salmon and Tamagoyaki omelet.

In the morning, we saw the beautiful scenery of Lake Suwa through the window of our room. Thanks to the fair weather, the view was magnificent and wonderful.

Following breakfast, I took the open-air Onsen hot spring bath attached to the room, and after that, we checked out of the hotel.


At the time of check out, a chambermaid served us a cup of coffee.

Tateshina Teddy Bear Museum (蓼科テディベア美術館)

We left the hotel and headed to “Tateshina Kogen (蓼科高原)” Highland located in the city of Chino, Nagano, where Yasujiro Ozu Commemorative Tateshina Kogen Movie Festival is held every year.

Tateshina Teddy Bear Museum

About an hour and a half later, we arrived at the “Tateshina Teddy Bear Museum (蓼科テディベア美術館)” in the Tateshina Kogen highlands.

The establishment in Nagano is Japan’s largest teddy bear museum and houses over 11,000 teddy bears.


Now, let’s have a look at the photos I took in the museum.

In the entrance hall, you can take photos with a teddy bear that represents your birth month.

After that, she was bitten on the neck by the lion.

But these two gentle huge-sized teddy bears welcomed us on a sofa.

Wearing a teddy bear costume, you can take photos on the stage with the light lit up. Of course, it’s all free of charge!

Lastly, here are the rest of the photos I took in the museum.


Tateshina Teddy Bear Museum has 18 exhibition booths with dioramas that recreate the scenes of various countries.

The museum prides itself on its 0.8mm tiny teddy bear that is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s smallest teddy bear.

In the souvenir section of the museum, there is a wide range of products available, many of which are relating to teddy bears.

From the above, if you have a plan to visit Nagano for sightseeing and love teddy bears, Tateshina Teddy Bear Museum is absolutely a must-visit sightseeing spot for you.


  • Address: 1522 Ashida-Hatsukano, Tateshina-Machi, Nagano Prefecture (MAP)
  • Open: 9:00 to 18:00 (April to October), 9:30 to 17:00 (November to March)
  • Closed: Tuesdays (November to March)


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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