Natural Therapy in Nagano’s Forests
Take time to unwind by forest bathing in Agematsu
No swimsuit needed for bathing of this kind! The Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku or “forest bathing" invites weary travelers to purify their body and soul by taking in the healing air, sights, and sounds of living, breathing woods.
The Akasawa Natural Recreational Forest includes Kiso’s 300-year old Japanese towering hinoki cypress trees and is known as one of the most beautiful forests in Japan.
The area is easily and enjoyably accessible by way of eight scenic trails. The plethora of experiences with English guidance available in this protected corner of Nagano also include a forest railway, open late April through November.
Travelers are encouraged to spend the night at one of Agematsu’s luxurious ryokan or rustic guest houses, and partake in local fare like soba, a Nagano favorite.
About four hours by bullet train from either Tokyo or Osaka, it makes for perfect overnight getaway.