Kansai Trails: Hike in Japan!

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  • 5.5 hr

Enjoy a leisurely hike along a mostly flat disused historic rail line. Find your way through pitch-dark rail tunnels, flashlights supplied. Hear stories of local legends about the river we follow, try to catch a glimpse of a submarine princess or the mischievous water sprite, the Kappa.Watch out for inoshishi wild pigs and local bird life. Munch on homemade trail mix snacks. View rare varieties of cherry blossoms (in season) Enjoy coffee or tea and cookies beside the river. Soak in an onsen hot spring. (optional extra) Sample locally caught wild pork and venison. (vegetarian options available) Note: restaurant is closed on Mondays unless it is a public holiday. This is a rather gentle hike so pretty much anyone can do it! You'll just need reasonable footwear and clothes for the season, and enough water for the hike.

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Operated by: Ian Robinson

Hiking and History! This is a great hike for those wanting an active and exciting day out without a lot of climbing. On the banks of the Mukogawa River we follow an abandoned rail line which was opened in 1899. The line follows the river and crosses it on old rail bridges, with great views of the forested hills, cliffs and the rapids below. The most fun part of this hike is the old tunnels! There are six- some really long and they are all VERY dark! You'll be supplied with a handheld flashlight. In spring the Takedao hike is a great chance to view Japan's famed and beloved cherry blossoms. The trees here are a rare variety almost brought to extinction in the war. In Autumn the momiji colorful autumn leaves are a sight. In all seasons there is a chance of seeing wild pigs. We'll stop and enjoy hot coffee or tea and cookies on a little sandy beach near the end of the hike. There is an optional side hike with a short but steep climb, following a beautiful stream we can explore the forest. At the end of the hike a restaurant offers locally caught wild boar and venison, vegetarian options also available. Nearby a hot spring onsen offers a chance to soak away the trail aches(1800yen)
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