Go local: make the first shrine trip of 2017 in the “power spot” of Togakushi
The first visit to a shrine is an important part of the New Year’s celebration in Japan. On this New Year’s Day hike on snowshoes or light telemark skis, we start in the woods just beyond the wooden torii gate, then along an ancient trail flanked by 400-year-old cryptomeria trees. The road slowly rises to Okusha Shrine, tucked right into the base of the mountains.
After a quick opening prayer (or just a respectful bow, if you prefer), it’s time to head back down and out into the woods. We’ll find a sheltered spot for a hot lunch and some conversation.
Then it’s on to Kagami Ike (Mirror Pond)—which you might not know is a pond until we’re out on its frozen surface. To the north are the incredible, rugged peaks of Togakushi. Then along the trails back, happy, to civilization.
Price and Booking
- Togakushi, Nagano, Nagano
- Culture, Hiking / Trekking, Skiing
- 5 hours6 hours
- Jan 1st
- Dancing Snow, Shin-Akakura, Myoko