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Togakushi Shrine Okusha

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Togakushi Shrine Okusha

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Togakushi, Nagano 381-4101 Nagano Prefecture
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Shlomi T wrote a review Jul 2020
Nagano, Japan1,140 contributions331 helpful votes
What a great place to hike around. So beautiful nature and peaceful. It is 4 Km. walk, but worth it very much. Nice place to visit in the summer, much cooler then the city, since it is quite high in the mountains.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Ong Alicia wrote a review Apr 2020
Singapore, Singapore26 contributions
Arrived at Nagano 2 days after Typhoon Hagibis. Transport to Togakushi Shrine is easy by bus. There are a numbers of stops leading to some attractions such as Soba restaurant, Ninja museum and Kagami Ike meaning mirror pond before reaching the upper shrine. Walking on the path with giant cedar trees around was fantastic. Not much autumn colors in mid October. Best to see vibrant colors in November. There are some traditional stores at the upper shine bus stop selling locally made Shinshu soba, hand made straw utensils such as whisk, basket, trays and etc. This place is not so crowded with tourists, quite peaceful actually. Highly recommend to visit if you love beautiful nature.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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John F wrote a review Jan 2020
London, United Kingdom26 contributions11 helpful votes
It was so good to get out of Tokyo into the mountains near Nagano. I got the bus for an hour to the top shrine walk and then did all the shrines and the beautiful lake walk. It was magical. Lovely autumn colours, great walking, stunning views. It's a must do. Best thing I did in Japan!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Dan wrote a review Nov 2019
Singapore, Singapore73 contributions49 helpful votes
Visited Togakushi for the 2nd time. Return bus tickets can be purchased at the Alpico bus office, across the street from Nagano stn. Board the bus to Togakushi at bus stop #7 which is just outside the office. About 50mins journey to the entrance to the path to giant cedar trees which leads to the upper shrine. There is also a small path to Lake Kagami. Since I had visited the upper shrine, which in my opinion small and I knew that the nicest views are located just around the giant cedar tree area, this time round decided not to continue to hike up to the upper shrine. You may want to do the same should you are there just to see the trees or running out of time. The path and stairs to the upper shrine are steeper and views are not that nice. Bus day pass entitle some discount at selected soba restaurants on Togakushi area. From the upper shrine, I walked down around 30mins to middle shrine although one can also choose to take the bus. The middle shrine is much more beautiful than the upper shrine. Several soba restaurants are nearby, check the validity of the day bus pass to enjoy discount. Overall it is a nice place to spend at least half a day. On the way down, I stopped at the Zenkoji temple to admire the amazing structures and its beautiful garden. The day bus pass also come with a separate ticket for bus fee from Zenkoji temple back to Nagano stn, although one can choose to have pleasant 30mins walk to Nagano stn.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Benjamin M wrote a review Oct 2019
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The shrine itself is nothing special, but the location is gorgeous, with a nice 2km hike through beautiful forest and a long hall of cryptomeria (Japanese cedars) to pass through.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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