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New Day Hike Tour through Japan Heritage Area, 30 mins from Tokyo

Hakone Hachiri refers to the stretch of the Old Tokaido foot highway between Odawara and Mishima, via Hakone that covers about 32kms (20 miles).

Hike Hakone Hachiri Ltd announced a new one-day guided hike for small groups, just 30 minutes from Tokyo Station, through the recently accredited Japan Heritage Area.

Hakone Hachiri refers to the stretch of the Old Tokaido foot highway (that links Tokyo with Kyoto) between Odawara (post town #9) and Mishima (post town #11), via Hakone (post town #10). “ri” is the ancient Chinese unit of distance, equivalent to approximately 4kms (2.5 miles), and “hachi” means eight, so Hakone Hachiri covers about 32kms (20 miles). In feudal Japan this stretch was a two day walk over mountainous terrain, rewarded by spectacular views of Mt Fuji (weather permitting), Lake Ashinoko, and the Pacific Ocean.

Local forester and historian Tony Everitt, tour guide, says “Hike Hakone Hachiri guided day hike involves about 12kms (8 miles) total walking for the day. Visitors enjoy walking through the forested parts of the 5 century Old Tokaido Highway that have been preserved, whilst using local trains and buses to skip through parts of the Highway now covered by a modern road.”

Morning tea is at Amazake Chaya, an original authentic Japanese tea house under 13th generation management, that has been serving their specialist Amazake (non-alcoholic naturally sweetened sake) to thirsty Tokaido travellers for centuries. Lunch is by Lake Ashinoko in Hakone’s famous township. The afternoon walk stumbles through the 16C ruins of Yamanaka Castle which afford spectacular Fuji views (weather permitting), and finishes with a stroll along Genbegawa World Water System Heritage Area to Mishima Station.

Everitt notes “looking to the near future and the post-COVID world, we expect there will be more demand for healthy, outdoor activities such as hiking”. Visitors catch the Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo to Odawara in the morning to start the tour, and return from Mishima Station to Tokyo on tours’ conclusion in the evening, or can overnight in Mishima to enjoy more of Shizuoka Prefecture’s charms the following day. A version of the tour involving less walking, 4km (2.5 miles) total for the day, is also available.

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