Meet Totoro! Hike rich-nature Japanese countryside!

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Hike a unique place in the Japanese countryside which inspired the movie "My Neighbor Totoro" and visit many attractions such as an old traditional house named "Kurosuke's house", preserved forests called "Totoro's forest", shrines, temples, etc.

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  • You can experience Japanese country life by seeing landscapes and visiting attractions such as an old traditional house, shrines, temples, rice fields and tea-plans farmlands.
  • You can experience Japanese nature by visiting preserved forests. (The guide is knowledgeable about nature: wild animals & plants.)
  • You can experience high-grade Japanese food at a refined restaurant for a reasonable price.
  • You can have fun by meeting many characters you know from in the famous animated film!

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At Ikebukuro Station 8:50
(in front of "B1F Gate" of Seibu Ikebukuro Line)

Important Information

# The charge does not include transportation, admission, meal and such expenses.
# The transportation fee is totally about 1000 JPY from Ikebukuro station.
# The price of food at the restaurant "Nakamura-ya" is about 650-2000 JPY.
# Trekking shoes are not a must.
# All the guidance is in English or Japanese, but the guide can speak Thai and Spanish a little bit.
# Even if it will rain, we can do the tour. You can walk with putting up your umbrella.
# There are many public lavatories on the way.
# This is a hiking tour, so you are required to have basic strength to walk about 10 km.
# We don't go to dangerous place on this tour, but I recommend you to buy travel insurance in advance just in case.

What you need to bring

# suitable cloths & shoes for walking
# rain coat or umbrella
# drink
# insect repellent (if you need )
# sun screen (if you need )

Meet your host :
  • 日本語 (Fluent)
  • English (Fluent)
  • ไทย (Intermediate)
  • Español (Beginner)

Hello, everyone! (^o^)/
My name is Eiji.
I do nature tour guide at mountainous area in every Summer to give nature experiences and explain animals, plants, geography, climate and so on.
Of course, I got a leader qualification of outdoor activity, and have studied environment, ecosystem, agriculture, forestry and so on at university.
Not only job, but I often do outdoor activities in nature such as trekking and camping while I'm living in Tokyo.
So I'm knowledgeable about Japanese nature.

Here I offer my own planning tours with activities in nature, because I want you to experience Japanese rich nature.

Japanese nature is very rich in the world.
67% of the land is covered with forest.
In addition, more than 90 thousand species of animal and plant live in Japan with huge variety,
and also there are many local original species such as Japanese monkey, Japanese serow, Japanese raccoon dog.

It is believed traditionally that god lives in each outstanding mountain in Japan.
Shrines are built in the area of those mountains, and the land of those mountains has been protected from destruction and development.
This is one of the reasons why Japanese nature is so rich.
You can see plenty of animals and plants when you walk in mountain.

Although Mt.Fuji is very famous to foreign people, there are many other good places to experience the nature.
I would like you to touch the Japanese rich nature very much!

Here this Voyagin site, I offer you only easy hiking 1 day tours from the Central Tokyo, because I want everybody to take part in easily.
They include not only climbing mountain but also visiting enjoyable spots.
If you have basic strength and active mind, why not join my hiking tours?
With a good knowledge of safety management I will guide you safely to experience the wonderful Japanese nature!

Come on and enjoy travel with me,
and a Little Monkey! (^o^)b

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Review (1)

  • Jason Jason

    Relaxing hike with absolutely spectacular scenery!

    This hike was a truly unique way to experience Japan's countryside without straying too far from Tokyo, where my girlfriend and I based the majority of our trip. Within one day, we saw many beautiful rice patties and crop fields, small rural towns, lakes, and shrines tucked away in secluded areas of woods. Our guide, Eiji, was very friendly and extremely knowledgeable about the area, and we enjoyed everywhere he took us. One of our favorite places was a tiny little green tea shop outside of Totoro forest, where we tried some excellent teas and sweets. We also enjoyed the hikes through all of the Totoro forests, which were quiet and not overly taxing. We would highly recommend it to anyone else wanting to catch a glimpse of the countryside (and of course Totoro!)