Amazing walk in the picturesque rice terraces in Hoshi-Toge, Tokamachi, Niigata

Trekking in an area that looks like a painting of the “real” Japan; experiencing the rich history, culture and beautiful scenery of this area.

1. The old samurai road
The trekking route from village to village runs along portions of the Kodo Matsunoyama Kaido (the old Matsunoyama Road).

Walking along these trails, you feel the history: the farmers who worked and lived here, the merchants carrying goods, the trails that were the roads, often to battle, for the local warlord’s troops.

Also, you will see the most beautiful and historic rice terraces in all of Japan.

2. Experienced, dedicated guides
This is a private tour, with a dedicated, local guide who can lead guests along the trails with explanations in English. Only on this tour will you be led to places that ordinary visitors could not access.

3. Interact with locals
Apart from the trekking, you will have a chance to visit some local farmers or locals who live nearby villages.
* Duration: 3 hours
* Starts: Joetsu, Japan
* Trip Category: Cultural & Theme Tours >> Cultural Tours




Trekking in an area that looks like a painting of the “real” Japan; experiencing the rich history, culture and beautiful scenery of this area.

1. The old samurai road
The trekking route from village to village runs along portions of the Kodo Matsunoyama Kaido (the old Matsunoyama Road).

Walking along these trails, you feel the history: the farmers who worked and lived here, the merchants carrying goods, the trails that were the roads, often to battle, for the local warlord’s troops.

Also, you will see the most beautiful and historic rice terraces in all of Japan.

2. Experienced, dedicated guides
This is a private tour, with a dedicated, local guide who can lead guests along the trails with explanations in English. Only on this tour will you be led to places that ordinary visitors could not access.

3. Interact with locals
Apart from the trekking, you will have a chance to visit some local farmers or locals who live nearby villages.

Itinerary
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Stop At: Hoshitoge Rice Terraces, Hoshitoge, Tokamachi 948-0000 Niigata Prefecture

Voted one of Japan’s “100 Countryside Selection”, the expansive rice terraces of Hoshi-Toge is Tokamachi’s main picturesque spots that has over 200 plots of varying sized rice fields producing the famous Uonuma Koshihikari Rice.

Only on this tour will you be led to places that ordinary visitors could not access, you will also have a private view of Hoshitoge Rice Terraces all to yourselves.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Matsunoyama, Tokamachi, Niigata 942-1406, Japan

The trekking route from village to village runs along portions of the Uesugi Gundo (military road), also known as the Kodo Matsunoyama Kaido (the old Matsunoyama Road), that runs from Joetsu City to Tokamachi.

Walking along these trails, you feel the history: the peasants who worked and lived here, the merchants carrying goods, the trails that were the roads, often to battle, for the local warlord’s troops.
Also, you will see the most beautiful and historic rice terraces in all of Japan.

Stop At: Hokuhokuoshima Station, Oshimaku Shimotate, Joetsu, Niigata 942-1104, Japan

Hokuhokuoshima Station is the starting point of the tour. Meet your guide and start your trekking from there.

Duration: 10 minutes