Kansai Trails: Hike in Japan!
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)