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Hiking Through History on the Ancient Salt Road

  • ¥30,000 per group
  • Tour starts and ends in Otari

Service Description

Here in the village of Otari exists a portion of a trail of historical and cultural significance, the ancient Salt Road (塩の道).  The 120km long Salt Road began in Itoigawa, on the Sea of Japan coast, and climbed steadily upward through the deep forested valleys and steep mountain passes of Otari, before continuing all the way to the landlocked castle town of Matsumoto in central Nagano.  It was the major trade route linking the ocean to the plains, primarily for the purpose of transporting vitally important salt inland.  The road was in use since at least the Sengoku Period of Japanese history, in the mid 1400's, and continued up until the early 20th century.  Explore the most scenic and well-preserved portion of this trail with us while it's still undiscovered, as we tread through both natural landscapes and small settlements that have remained mostly unchanged since the Salt Road's heyday.  We will educated you on the fascinating history of the area as we walk, going slowly so that you can engage your senses and truly feel as if you were stepping back in time.​  On this hike, we will cover a distance of roughly 10km, with approximately 600 meters of total elevation gain, and we should expect to be on the trail for 4 and a half hours. ​ ​This full day active adventure combines the best of the area's local history, culture, nature, leisure and gourmet offerings, and will get you as far away from the beaten tourist path as possible.

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Contact Details

+ +81 90-6073-8250

Japan, 長野県北安曇郡小谷村中土瑞穂12992

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