Slow down and pay attention to nature - it's the Japanese art of shinrin-yoku or forest bathing.
We are all aware on some level of the restorative effect of walking among trees, but the Japanese were the first to put a name to it in the 1980s. Shinrin-yoku involves using all your senses to absorb your surroundings as you slowly make your way through a forest. Give it a try on your exploration of the Japanese countryside and see if you can feel the therapeutic effects.
67% of Japan is forested, that's some 25 million hectares. Some of our favourite spots are the bamboo groves of Arashiyama in Kyoto, the Nakasendo Way between Magome and Tsumago, the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trails and the Shin-Etsu trail.
Another beautiful Japanese word komorebi describes the sunlight filtering through leaves in a forest. One to keep in mind if you experience forest bathing on a sunny day.
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Feel a sense of achievement as you complete all six days and 70km of the Shin-Etsu Trail.
On this adventurous six-night itinerary you can escape to the mountains for a week and hike the full length of the Shin-Etsu Trail through northern Nagano Prefecture. It's easy to slot this hiking module into many Self-Guided itineraries, so you can experience the best of urban and rural Japan.