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