The Togakushi Shrines sit in an ancient forest 40k from Hakuba. Togakushi consists of 5 Shinto Shrines connected by roads and hiking trails lined with trees all over 800 years old. It’s a stunning example of the fusion of nature and religion within Japanese culture.
Togakushi is only 40k from Hakuba, but it is not easily accessible by public transportation.
It is best to drive here.
Ninja Museum and Ninja House
The Togakushi area is famous for ninja and has held a ninja school from the 12th century. Today at Togakushi there is a museum where you can learn about the history of the ninja and their impact on the history of Japan.
There is also a Ninja House which at first glance looks like an ordinary home. However the Ninja House is a maze where the entrance to the next room is hidden and must be uncovered by visitors. It’s fun for adults and kids and takes about 20 minutes to complete.
Closed from late-November to mid-April
Kids Ninja Village
3km from the Togakushi Forest, this Ninja Village is a small theme park perfect for kids as they can dress up as ninja and try fun ninja activities such as throwing fake throwing stars.
Admission: ¥500 (plus ¥300 per attraction).
Nagano is famous for its soba and Togakushi has a handful of restaurants serving hand-made soba and all walking distance from the Togakushi Shrines.