[2days 1 night] Guided Komoro Castle, Hokkokukaido Komoro Post Town; and Nunobiki Kan’non “Haiku” Walk

NunobikiKannon_Day2

Fitness Level: ★★☆☆☆

Skill Level: ★☆☆☆☆

Category: Nature, Culture, Activity

Price (tax included): 51,000JPY per person for 4 & 5 people; 46,000JPY for 6 & 7 people; 44,000JPY for 8 & 9 people; 42,000JPY for 10 to 12 people.

During this 1 night, 2 day trip, you can explore the unique 400 year-old history of Komoro Castle (one of Japan’s top 100 castles) and Hokkokukaido Komoro Juku post town from the Edo Period (1603-1868) on Day1, and trace the footpath of Zenko-ji Temple pilgrims at Nunobiki Kan’non on Day 2. Day 2 walking to Nunobiki Kan’non, you can try making “haiku” Japanese poet! Your tour will be led by a friendly local English-speaking guide who loves to spend time with travelers!

Time (Start/Finish)Access (Start/Finish)
Start (Day 1): 13:00
Finish (Day 2): 15:10
Komoro Station
(JR Komi Line & Shinano Reilway)
DurationSeason
2 days 1 nightEarly May to Early November
Number of ParticipantsAge/Height
Minimum 4 Maximum 12No restriction
(Please let us know, however, if your group
includes small children.)
Language SupportClothing/What to Bring
EnglishClothing that is easy to move around, walking shoes
About Fitness & Skill LevelApplication Deadline
Please see the itinerary below.30 days prior
What is includedWhat is NOT included
Fees for Japanese language guide and English translator
Meals: breakfast 1, lunch 1, dinner 1
Accommodation for 1 night
Transportation to/from the meeting point
Parts of transportation of Day 2 (The parts marked with * in the Day 1 itinerary below.)
Insurance (please purchase travel insurance
in your own country)
Anything else not specified in “What is included”
(The bank transfer fee are responsibility of the participants.)

Itinerary

Day 1

Komoro Castle_Hokkoku Kaido Day 1

Komoro Castle, with 400 years of history, is one of Japan’s top 100 castles, as well as one of the country’s top 100 cherry blossom viewing spots. While most Japanese castles are located at elevated vantage points on top of hills or mountains, the Komoro Castle compound is situated at the lowest point in the city! It is Japan’s only ana jiro (literally, “castle in a hole”). With protection provided from behind by the bank of the Chikuma River, the castle was shrewdly constructed in line with Komoro’s unique topography, utilizing the surrounding natural valleys to protect the compound from potential invaders. Although the castle structure no longer stands in the compound, the remains of this natural fort continue to provide a fascinating geological perspective.

After the castle visit, walk up to the old part of the city, Komoro Juku, which functioned as a post-town along the Hokkokukaido Road during the Edo Period (1603-1868). The Hokkokukaido Road was a thoroughfare used for the transportation of gold, salt and rice from Echigo (today’s Niigata area), and a pilgrimage route to Zenkoji Temple in Nagano City. Wander Komoro’s historical streets and peruse local stores selling items such as miso, shoyu, Japanese antiques and kimono.

Highlights

  • Enjoy learning how natural features were used to build castle.
  • Receive a stamp from the Komoro Castle scarlet seal (go-jyo-in).
  • Enjoy Komoro Juku’s traditional Edo period buildings and atmosphere and local people’s present life.
  • Explore local shops featuring items such as miso, shoyu, Japanese antiques etc., together with a local guide.
  • Visit during the sakura (cherry blossom) or koyo (autumn foliage) seasons for even more enjoyment.

Schedule

13:00 Komoro Station –>(by walk) –> 13:05 Komoro Castle –> (by walk) –> 14:00 Hokkokukaido Komoro Post town –> 15:30 Check in at Kumeya/rest 18:00 Dinner at local restaurant

Fitness & Skill Level

You will be walking on the paved and comfortable route in Komoro Castle and Hokkokukaido Komoro Post town.

Accommodation

Kumeya

The original Kumeya building dates back to the late Edo era, when it served as a wakihonjin – the second-most luxurious accommodation after honjin – for the daimyo processions that stayed overnight in the town. Kumeya offers a range of accommodation options, and the building remains a fabulous example of the architectural styles of the time period. Room type are varied (Please contact us for details), and a private room can be arranged for an additional fee.

Meals

Breakfast (not included), Lunch (not included), Dinner (included)

Day 2

Nunobiki Walk Day 2

Highlights

  • Start Day 2 with Japanese tea ceremony at the accommodation.
  • Enjoy a comfortable walk through the Japanese satoyama zones to feel the life of local people.
  • Follow a fascinating hidden sacred trail, replete with waterfalls and precipices, that runs from the footpath of Nunobiki Mountain to Nunobiki Kan’non.
  • Gaze upon photogenic views of Kan’non-dou, where the Goddess of Mercy is deified on an overhanging cliff.
  • Take on the challenge of creating your own haiku poem based on your inspirational walk.
  • Visit during the sakura (cherry blossom) or koyo (autumn foliage) seasons for even more enjoyment.

Schedule

9:00 Japanese tea ceremony –>(by walk) –> Visit Koori Community (lunch) –> (by walk) –> 12:20 Nunobiki Kan’non Entrance –> (by walk) –> 13:20 Nunobiki Kan’non peak & Hike making –> 14:20 Nunobiki Mountain Entrance –> (by car*) –> 14:30 Local cafe by Komoro Station & Hike sharing –> 15:10 Finish at Komoro Station

Fitness & Skill Level

The total length of the tour course is about 7.4 km (all are unpaved), cumulative elevation differences are about 149m (climb up/climb down).

Meals

Breakfast (included), Lunch (included), Dinner (not included)

Cancel Policy

Cancellation at customer’s convenience

  • Cancellation on or after the 20th day from the day immediately preceding the starting day of the tour: 20% of the total tour price.
  • Cancellation on or after the 7th day from the day immediately preceding the starting day of the tour: 30% of the total tour price.
  • Cancellation the day immediately before the starting day of the tour: 40% of the total tour price.
  • Cancellation on the starting day of the tour (before the tour starts) : 50% of the total tour price.
  • Cancellation after the start of the tour or the traveler does not participate in the tour without notice (no show): 100% o the total tour price.

Cancellation at discretion of the organizer

  • In case of inclement weather, we will make a decision the previous day and notify you only if the tour has been cancelled.
  • If the tour is cancelled on the day of the tour prior to the start of the tour, no cancellation fee will be charged.
  • Depending on the weather conditions once the tour begins, the route may be changed or the tour may be cancelled. No refund will be given in this case.