Togakushi Pilgrimage Trail Walking Tour

US $332.00 / Group

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Hi! I'm Kouhei Nishida.

I will guide you!

Description of this tour

Togakushi area is considered as one of the most important places for the Esoteric Buddhism.
Also there are many temple lodges and traditional bamboo craft shops dotted in the area and makes the place a unique atmosphere. Togakushi Kodo is a path which has been used by mountainous ascetics who came to practice religious austerities in the Togakushi mountain range since ancient times. Even today, the part of the trail still remains as it was in the ancient time. On this tour, we are going to walk the pilgrimage trail and visit the five Togakushi shrines those are connected by the ancient trail. Let's explore the mysterious culture and abundant nature of Togakushi area!

Hello,

I'm Kouhei, a National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter.
I am also a Mountain Hiking and Cycling Guide as well as English translator guide.
I'm originally from Tokyo, but since I love outdoor activities (especially snowboarding,hiking and camping) and want to live in a place surrounded by abundant nature, I moved to here in Nagano 4 years ago.

I love traveling,too.
Of course visiting the world heritages is always impressive.
However,my favorite part during a trip is meeting new people and getting to know the life of locals!
I hope I will be able to help you enjoying your trip best and getting to know about Japan more from a bit different angle :)

I traveled a lot of places in Japan and eventually decided to settle in Nagano.
Nagano prefecture is sometimes described as "a roof of Japan" since most of its part are covered with high mountain range.
Because of that, the area gets lots of snow every winter.
It makes the place's nature and culture different from other areas in Japan.

I want to guide you to super beautiful yet lesser known places!
My tours are very flexible, so please let me know your requests for the guided tour.

Let's explore the "Hidden Gem" of Japan together :)


Sample Tour Timeline

09:30 AM
Ticket gate of the Nagano Station

We are taking a bus departing at 9:40 from Nagano station.

09:30 AM
Ticket gate of the Nagano Station

We are taking a bus departing at 9:40 from Nagano station.

11:00 AM
Hokosha Shrine (宝光社)

According to tradition,the main building was originally built in 1058.
The current building was rebuilt in 1861.
It is unique since it has both Buddhism temple and Shinto shrine's characteristics.
The 270 stone stairs at the entrance of shrine are also famous.

11:00 AM
Hokosha Shrine (宝光社)

According to tradition,the main building was originally built in 1058.
The current building was rebuilt in 1861.
It is unique since it has both Buddhism temple and Shinto shrine's characteristics.
The 270 stone stairs at the entrance of shrine are also famous.

12:00 PM
Togakushi Bamboo Works shop

At the Chusha area, we are going to visit one of the traditional bamboo craft shops. Togakushi Bamboo Works began in the life of local people from the early days of the Edo period, and its technique has been inherited as a handwork of winter season in Togakushi covered with snow. Currently, about 30 artisans have inherited the technique.

12:00 PM
Togakushi Bamboo Works shop

At the Chusha area, we are going to visit one of the traditional bamboo craft shops. Togakushi Bamboo Works began in the life of local people from the early days of the Edo period, and its technique has been inherited as a handwork of winter season in Togakushi covered with snow. Currently, about 30 artisans have inherited the technique.

12:30 PM
Chusha and temple lodge area

Chusha is one of the main shrine in Togakushi. There are many temple lodges dotted around the area and some of them are designated as the important traditional building conservation area. In the precinct of the Chusha shrine, there are three huge ceder trees which are over 800 years old.
We are going to eat lunch around this area.

12:30 PM
Chusha and temple lodge area

Chusha is one of the main shrine in Togakushi. There are many temple lodges dotted around the area and some of them are designated as the important traditional building conservation area. In the precinct of the Chusha shrine, there are three huge ceder trees which are over 800 years old.
We are going to eat lunch around this area.

02:30 PM
Okusha and Ceder Trees lined path

At the approach of the last shrine, there are many huge ceder trees lined along the path. They were planted in the early Edo period, which is around 400 years ago. It's an amazing scenery.

02:30 PM
Okusha and Ceder Trees lined path

At the approach of the last shrine, there are many huge ceder trees lined along the path. They were planted in the early Edo period, which is around 400 years ago. It's an amazing scenery.

03:30 PM
Kagamiike pond and Togakushi botanical garden

Togakushi area is also designated as National park. After visiting the shrines, we will walk around the beautiful forest of Togakushi. Kagamiike means mirror pond. We can see the perfect Togakushi mountain range on the surface of the water on the no wind day.

03:30 PM
Kagamiike pond and Togakushi botanical garden

Togakushi area is also designated as National park. After visiting the shrines, we will walk around the beautiful forest of Togakushi. Kagamiike means mirror pond. We can see the perfect Togakushi mountain range on the surface of the water on the no wind day.

04:00 PM
Chusha or Kagamiike bus stop.

Tour finish at either Kagamiike bus stop or Chusha bus stop. It depends on the time of your return train.

04:00 PM
Chusha or Kagamiike bus stop.

Tour finish at either Kagamiike bus stop or Chusha bus stop. It depends on the time of your return train.

Additional Details

Where we meet

Ticket gate of the Nagano Station

What's included
Things you need
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Proper wearing for the season ( Togakushi is located at the elevation of around 1100m above sea level)
  • Lunch(approx. US $15.00)
  • Transport expenses(approx. US $22.00)
Notes:

We may have to change the itinerary depending on the weather conditions.
Please prepare the transportation fee for the guide (approx. US $ 30).
If we can meet up at the Hokosha bus stop, you don't need to prepare the guide's transportation fee.(Please feel free to ask me about the details of the meet up point and the meeting time.)
If you have any food allergy, please let me know in advance.
It is possible to visit Ninja's trick house as optional.( 30 minutes and approx. US$10 required.)

Guest Requirements

All welcome ( the tour requires about 4 to 5 hours walk)

Cancellation Policy

Any trip or experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.