Welcome to Japan’s hidden doorway to natural beauty : Togakushi !

March 2nd, 2009 by
Category: Events
Okusha shrine

Okusha shrine 

 

As a French journalist, I have been living in Japan for 20 years, mostly in Nagano city.

From the beginning my husband and I fell in love with Togakushi. So in 2004, we decided to move there and establish our home in the forest. I really can say it is a great place for winter activities.

 

Part of Togakushi is in Joshinentsu National Park. The shokubutsuen or Forest reserve is one of them. In winter, this area changes to a large and beautiful field for snowshoing or cross-country skiing which I call” My field of dreams” !There are 34 kms of signed cross-country trails which run along the foot of  Togakushi range, connecting such scenic locations as Lake Kagami and Okusha Shrine. 

 Zuijinmon, the great thatched gate at the entrance to the Okusha ShrineZuijinmon, the great thatched gate at the entrance to the Okusha Shrine

 

 

On the 15th of March, the Togakushi Tourism Bureau organized an orienteering event there. Mr. Kenji Ogihara  ( Gold medalist during The Nagano Games ) participated as a special guest, also people from the Danish embassy were invited. I have been participating for several years and I think it is a unique chance to discover this area with local guides. My husband and I were supposed to be there this year too to help with the interpretation, but the day before I broke my leg and injured my foot in a stupid accident. So, I am writing this blog from my room at Matsushiro Hospital hoping I will be able to ski next season!

 Anyway if your two legs are in good shape, despite the bad snow conditions it is still possible to cross country ski and snowshoe at Togakushi.

 

Last year event, with the people of the Danish Embassy: after a good run under the sun!

Last year event, with the people of the Danish Embassy: after a good run under the sun!

  

For details and application, please have a look at the Togakushi’s HP ( only in Japanese )

http://togakushi-21.jp

 

Or contact the Tourism Bureau at :   (026) 254 2881

One Response to “Welcome to Japan’s hidden doorway to natural beauty : Togakushi !

  1. Hi everybody,
    On a french bouddhist TV program (18th dec 2010), I saw Shundö Aoyama Roshi, 77 years old nonn, in the temples of Nagoya and Nagano. I really wish to get there! Then, Internet was the second step… then, your web site: it is just exiting ! In 2002, I had the opportunity to come to Japan for a international workshop on urbanism matter (+ landscape, design and architecture) for Tokyo government. I visited Kyoto where a little temple was my home ! and also Hiroshima, Ise, Yanagawa for my master degree in landscape. I’m a landscape designer and I’m very found of japonese public fountains and pounds where kids can play in the water (it’s often forbidden in France…). Well, that’s to say I’m quite happy for all of you, in your success in Japan. I wish I could come again to Japan, to learn about calligraphy, and also in japanese landscape and archery ! Best regards. Philippe

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