Togakushi Nature Beauty, Shintoism, And Ninja Experience

Hike through a beautiful forest with several ponds, enjoy a view of the Japanese Alps and learn about the history and techniques used by the Togakushi ninja.

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Full Day
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
9:00 am
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
JYP ‎¥16800
Children: JYP ‎¥12300
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What's Included

  • Hike through the forest with scenic lakes and mountain views
  • Try the local delicacy - soba noodles 
  • Explore Togakushi Shrine
  • Visit the Ninja House and Ninja Folklore Museum
  • Explore Kagami-ike Lake and catch views of Mount Togakush 
  • English speaking guide 
  • Transportation fees between Nagano Station and each attraction included
  • Entrance fees to Ninja House included 

What's excluded

Bullet train ticket.

Why do we love this

This tour gives you the chance to learn about the history and culture of Nagano with a fun twist. What could be better than embarking on a beautiful hike, then trying to escape a ninja house complete with hidden doors and tunnels? We think that sounds pretty cool. 


Hike through stunning forest, visit natural pools and delve into the world of stealth and disguise at the Ninja House

Your trip starts at 9:00 am at Nagano station. From there, you'll take a bus to Togakushi where you'll begin your forest hike. Wander through towering trees and discover wildflowers and ponds as you go. You'll also have the chance to explore Kagami-ike lake and see stunning views of Mount Togakushi and the Japanese Alps

After hiking for 2 hours it's time to replenish your energy with a delicious soba (buckwheat noodle) lunch! This is one of Nagano's traditional dishes, and Togakushi soba is especially famous because of the distinct taste it gets from the region’s clean water. Enjoy your noodles with a side of tempura shrimp and seasonal vegetables. 

After eating, take the bus to the entrance of Togakushi Okusha Shrine where you'll set out on a hike on the pilgrimage path that's lined with beautiful cryptomeria (Japanese cedar) trees.  

Once you've explored the sacred shrine and grounds, it's time to channel your inner warrior at the Ninja Folklore Museum. Not only will you learn about the history and techniques used by the Togakushi ninja, but you'll also be able to try out your ninja tricks as you escape the house through hidden doors and tunnels!

This tour is a full day trip starting at 9:00 am and finishing at 6:20 pm

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Yes, but the dipping soup that comes with soba is usually made with fish stock. Without the dipping soup it can be quite bland. Most vegetarians and vegans often accept fish stock being widely used in Japan. However, if you still would not want to eat this, it is possible to eat soba with salt or soy sauce.


The start and finish of the tour are arranged according to the bullet train (called Hokuriku Shinkansen) timetable. See below for specific timetables on the bullet train departure and arrival times to/from Nagano Station.


Departing Tokyo Station – Arriving Nagano Station:
Tokyo: 06:52 – Nagano: 08:40 – Asama
Tokyo: 07:20 – Nagano: 08:43 – Kagayaki (reserved seats only)


Departing Nagano Station – Arriving Tokyo Station:
Nagano: 19:03 – Tokyo: 20:23 – Kagayaki (reserved seats only)
Nagano: 19:08 – Tokyo: 20:52 – Asama
Nagano: 19:38 – Tokyo: 21:16 – Hakutaka


It is certainly possible to take this tour when staying in the Yudanaka or Shibu area! 
You can meet with your guide at Yudanaka Station at 7:00 am then head together to Nagano Station by train. 
Please let us know at the time of booking if you want to take this option.

Terms & Conditions:

  • Please wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes as a lot of walking is involved (approximately 4 hours of hiking).
  • Confirmation email of your reservation will be sent to you within 48 hours after booking.
  • We might not be able to provide the tour in case of extreme weather conditions (e.g. typhoon). In that case, we will cancel the tour and give you a full refund. We will let you know via email in advance of the tour date.
  • Infants (0-5) is free of charge. Lunch is not included and the order will be made directly to the restaurant according to your needs.

Cancellation Policy:

No. of days before Tour start date

Cancellation fee as a % of Tour price

11 days before


10 - 8 days before

20% of the price *

7 - 2 days before

30% of the price *

1 day before

40% of the price *

Day of the tour

50% of the price

After tour has started/No Show

100% of the price

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JYP ‎¥16800
Children: JYP ‎¥12300
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