Model Itineraries

  • Nature and Outdoor
  • Food
  • Autumn

Autumn Highlights - autumn colors and savory food-

Autumn paints the Mountains myriad shades of red and yellow and orange. In the rural area the locals are busy harvesting and foraging in the woods to prepare for the oncoming winter. Get the most out of this season by hiking through nature, cycling across picturesque farming villages and eating plenty of delicious seasonal food.

Duration 2 days (1 night)
Price JPY 27,000/person 〜
Period From late September to early November *The course is available from late April to mid November with small changes.
Overall level 1 (easy)

Highlights

  • Eat local cuisine

    Cook and taste unique local food such as soba noodles and agar cakes

  • Enjoy the autumn foliage at Yokoya Gorge

    Hike through a whirlwind of colors

  • Cycle along picturesque villages

    Enjoy the scenery of golden rice fields with the Yatsugatake Mountains on the back

  • Soak in a onsen

    Relax in a private hot spring bath

  • Eat local cuisine

    Cook and taste unique local food such as soba noodles and agar cakes

  • Enjoy the autumn foliage at Yokoya Gorge

    Hike through a whirlwind of colors

  • Cycle along picturesque villages

    Enjoy the scenery of golden rice fields with the Yatsugatake Mountains on the back

  • Soak in a onsen

    Relax in a private hot spring bath

Day 1
JR Chino Station
Arrival at JR Chino Station

Pay a visit to Chino Station TIC counter to browse more info on the area.

20 min by car- Pick-up by guide

Our adventures
Cook traditional dishes with the village grannies
Discover the wisdom that lies in the food culture of Yamaura

Pay a visit to a small farming village perched on the foot of the Mountains and experience making traditional preservation food like dried persimmons or Japanese pickles together with the local grannies. Autumn is a bountiful season with many fresh ingredients both from the harvests and the woods. Learn from the locals the best way to cook them and prepare typical seasonal delicacies such as miso soup with Jikobo mushrooms and agar cakes with walnuts and tofu.

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5min by car- Drop-off by guide

Yokoya Gorge
Hike amid a whirlwind of autumn colors

Hike along Yokoya Gorge through bubbling waterfalls and autumn foliage. Make sure to go up to Yokoya Kannon observation spot to see the two-tiered Outaki fall surrounded by hues of red, yellow and green. The scenery from up there looks straight out an impressionist painting.

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5~10min on foot

Accommodation Suggestions
Tateshina Ai

Tateshina Ai is a small high-end onsen ryokan in Tateshina area. It has two private open-air hot spring baths and the food served at dinner in the form of a kaiseki course meal is a work of art, both delicious and pleasing to the eye.

Daitoen

Daitoen is a small family-run inn where you can savor local cuisine and wild game. Originally an old folk-house, the inn is a beautiful example of traditional architecture with massive wooden beams and a large irori (hearth) in the main hall. There are two hot spring baths which can be used privately.

Yokoya Onsen Ryokan

Traditional onsen ryokan with a nice view on Yokoya Gorge. The onsen is a unique iron spring with healing red waters. In addition to the large common baths, there is also one bath which can be used privately.

Day 2
Our adventures
Guided Farming Village Ride (Yatsugatake Cycling)
A peaceful ride in the Japanese countryside

Cycle across the old farming villages which stand on the foot of the Yatsugatake Mountains. The ride will take you through fields with rice hanging to dry in the sun and lovely hamlets with traditional old folk-houses and kura storehouses, before ending at Taruhime Fall. A short walk to the falls and then a Shuttle ride back to Yatsugatake Cycling. This is an easy course, mainly downhill, suitable for everyone.

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5min by car- Drop-off by guide

Shihoku-an
Have lunch inside a traditional old folk-house

A small cafe run by a local couple inside a renovated old folk-house. They have only one menu which features a selection of typical seasonal dishes. Enjoy a delicious lunch and don't forget to ask for desserts. We recommend their selection of tenyose, elegant and colorful cakes made with agar.

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15min by bus
Shirakaba-ko Kurumayama Line , Serigasawa bus stop → Chino Station

JR Chino station
Departure from JR Chino Station

Buy a few souvenirs and then go on to your next destination!

Other attractions recommended by our team!

  • Choen-ji Temple

    In autumn red maple and yellow gingko leaves form a corridor that ushers the visitors to the temple.

  • Kurumayama

    From October to November the plateau is covered in Japanese pampas grass dancing delicately in the wind.

  • Lake Tateshina

    The lake is especially beautiful in late October, when the trees along its shores turn a bright red.

  • Choen-ji Temple

    In autumn red maple and yellow gingko leaves form a corridor that ushers the visitors to the temple.

  • Kurumayama

    From October to November the plateau is covered in Japanese pampas grass dancing delicately in the wind.

  • Lake Tateshina

    The lake is especially beautiful in late October, when the trees along its shores turn a bright red.

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