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We continue our scenic train trips in autumn this week. After visiting Kaiko-en in Komoro, travel for 30 minutes to your inn for the night. Hishino Onsen, Tokiwa-kan was founded 100 years ago and is located near Mt. Asama. It exudes a relaxing ambience with its wooden interior and has Japanese-cum-Western-style rooms.
For dinner, head chef Takehito Uchihori whips up traditional Japanese dishes made with seasonal ingredients and local products. Feast on sashimi konjac, grilled Shinshu beef, boiled koi fish in special sauce and Shinogi soba noodles. The following day, travel by trolley train to an air-open bath situated at an altitude of 1,050m. Kumonosuke is named after an old castle and the hot spring has a history of 150 years. After soaking in the bath surrounded by nature, make your way to Komoro Station and take a train to Nagano Station. At the station, transfer to a sightseeing train on the Nagano Dentetsu Line, which has an underground platform. This train is actually the Romance Car, which used to run on the Odakyu Line. It now operates as the Yukemuri train in Nagano. The train has special seats at the front and back which boast a wide view of the outdoor scenery. As the train makes its way
01 Mar 2014
Spectacular autumn views await us as we embark on scenic train trips this week. Our first train journey takes us to Shizuoka. We begin by travelling on the Tenryu Hamanako and Oigawa lines to Shinjohara Station, which is near Lake Hamana. Drop by the Yamayoshi eel shop at the station, opened by a Western-trained chef 23 years ago. It sells delicious hot and fresh eel bento.
22 Feb 2014
We continue our four-day hiking trip to famous mountains in Gunma.
15 Feb 2014
Join us as we embark on a four-day hiking trip to famous mountains in Gunma. During this mountain trip from Karuizawa to Mt. Akagi, we will check out beautiful autumn leaves and savour delicious autumn delicacies.
08 Feb 2014
We continue exploring beautiful caves under Okinoerabujima, an island made of elevated coral reefs.
01 Feb 2014
This week, we embark on a unique three-day expedition of crossing caves under Okinoerabujima, a beautiful island made of coral reefs.
25 Jan 2014
We continue our 128km-journey to the headstream or source of Fujikawa River by boat and foot.
18 Jan 2014
This week, we embark on a unique journey to the headstream or origin of the Fujikawa River. This river spans 128km and stretches to the Suruga Gulf in Shizuoka prefecture. It is one of the three most rapid rivers in Japan. Its source is located around the border of Shizuoka and Nagano prefectures, in the heart of the mountains.
11 Jan 2014
We continue our “Gokutabi” journeys with various experts this week. For our next expedition, we will visit outdoor hot springs in Iwate.