Samurai & Ninja culture through the Shinetsu Trail Hike October 2019

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Here is the trip report of the Shinetsu Trail Tour (2019 October 16th to October 25th).
This is a photo of our happy hikers in crime! The energy they put into the tour was absolutely outstanding.
The expectation was high and I am sure the whole experience exceeded it:)

Although we had very difficult circumstances due to the typhoon in October, we managed to provide what we promised with our guests:)

Amazing hikes, Tokyo, the famous bullet train, snow monkeys, a samurai house, staying in 'Ryokans', and relaxing in hot springs, there are so much to experience during the tour!

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As always, we start our tour in Tokyo. We meet at a designated hotel in Tokyo and we take our guests to Mt.Takao for a short hike.
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There are several retail shops and food stands along the trail,,. It is very hard not to stop and look! This is a shop
that sells roasted chestnuts and Tom is getting a bag of it,,. It is so delicious!

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Another photo of the guests enjoying Japanese sweet, Taiyaki, a Japanese fish-shaped cake.
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Let's move onto hiking! We started the hiking adventure with hiking a section of the Shinetsu Trail. It is wild,
rugged and a great change from being in a modern city to mountainous region. Beautiful beech forests are truly a treat:)

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Our trail lunch is a traditional Japanese trail lunch, rice balls. It is so filling and unique! Our guests always
appreciate something like this, not western food while they are in Japan.

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It is breathtaking to hike under colorful trees,,. One of the highlights of the tour.

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Happy hikers from Canada! We are waiting for our ride to tonight's Ryokan.
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We hike historical trail today in Kosuge.
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Walking through the village of Kosuge. previously known as one of northern Nagano’s three sacred places for
mountain ascetics.
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A stunning trail hike.
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Thanks to our local guide!

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Out tour is not only hiking. We go visit many interesting sites along the way, including snow monkey park!
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It is time for the harvest!
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Out tour is also a foodie tour,,,,. Hike and Eat!
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We finished our hiking portion of the tour with climbing at Mt. Madarao, the highest point of the Shinetsu Trail.
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Clouds and rain parted, a clear view of the valley, lakes and mountains appeared.
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Very comfortable bullet train ride to Kanazawa to finishe off out tour.
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A visit to a Samurai House in Kanazawa.
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Tea ceremony and a moment of silence.
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Dinner tonight is a Sushi dinner. Given Kanazawa's proximity to the Sea of Japan, the city has access to a diverse
variety of some of the best and freshest seafood in the nation.

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Thank you very much for hiking with us! We really hope to see you again in Japan!

Hiking Guide: Hiroaki Shinozaki
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by ymtours | 2020-02-20 03:12 | グループの山旅


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