14th – 21st October 2019

Highlights include:

  • Hiking on good trails and back roads for about 70km along the ancient Shio-no-michi, or Salt Trail, that starts on the Sea of Japan and climbs up through a deep river valley to 1,000m along the foot of the North Alps. The trail was used by men to haul 60Kg sacks of salt and dried fish from the Japan Sea coast to the castle town of Matsumoto. Some parts of the trail are well preserved, and we will visit historical buildings and museums associated with the trail.
  • Marvelling at the bright yellows and deep reds of the autumnal forests, and the rocky river gorges famous for jade. Maybe catching glimpses of deer, racoon dogs, badgers, serow and black bears.
  • Walking though paddy rice and vegetable fields and quaint rural villages and towns that serviced the salt carriers and merchants.
  • Taking a gondola up above the tree line and walk amongst the alpine meadows above 2,000m and take in the terrific views.
  • Finishing our days relaxing in an onsen or natural hot spring bath.
  • Experiencing a traditional ryokan(inn) serving amazing meals with local seasonal dishes and offering relaxing onsen (hot baths).
  • Experiencing a variety of local Japanese foods and dishes including traditional country style cooking and obentos for lunch.

Walking from 6 to 7 hours every day with plenty of time for rests and stopping to look at whatever takes our interest, carrying only day packs with personal gear and our bentos and drinks, while our luggage is taken by vehicles to our next accommodation.

Indicative cost is Yen150,000(A$2,000 @Yen78=A$1) per person twin share

Includes all accommodation and meals

Not including return fares to Japan and travel to and from the start in Itoigawa and the finish in Hakuba.

Numbers limited to 10 people

For further information and to reserve your place, contact Phil & Kazuko at enquiries@shumistayjapan.com.au