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Free Hiking Events in Shinshu (Nagano) by JR EAST! Now holding hiking events for touring delicious natural spring waters. Be a part of it!

Ekikara Hiking (Hiking from the Station) events are one-day events starting from stations throughout the eastern Japan area that anyone can participate in easily. They consist of hiking while experiencing the historical buildings and abundant nature of the areas around the stations. Participation is free of charge. Participation in the Ekikara Hiking event is very simple! All you need to do is apply through this website and then go to the reception counter at the hiking spot on the day of the event!

Choose any date for Ekikara Hiking between Friday, October 1 and Tuesday, November 23, 2010.

Date     October 1 (Fri), 2010 – November 23 (Tue), 2010    

Gifts for all visitors!  the Arukuma button A unique button and hiking map Visitors wearing the Arukuma button at Matsumoto Castle will receive a 120-yen discount off the 600-yen admission fee.

Time           From 9:00am  to 11:00am

Nearest Station     JR Matsumoto Station Click here for the best trains to Matsumoto Station

Reception Area     Matsumoto City Tourist Information Center (Next to the Matsumoto Stn. ticket gate)
                                 Map of Matsumoto Station
Walking Time        Approx. 4 hours

Walking Distance  Approx. 7.5 km

Tour Fee                No charge

Lunch                     Visitors may bring their own lunch

Guide                     There will not be a guide accompanying this tour. Visitors can take a map and guide themselves along the route.

Points to Note:
  * Some establishments charge an admission fee. In this case, please purchase an admission ticket on arrival at the establishment.
    * You will be walking for about 4 hours so please wear sturdy clothes and shoes, etc. on the hike.
    * The event will still take place even if it is raining on the day. In the event of rain please bring your rain gear with you.
    * Please take all of your trash home with you. Thank you for your cooperation.

For more information website:

Information is provided as a courtesy to users of this website. Though the JNTO endeavors to ensure the information is accurate, users of the information are to act on such using their own judgement and at their own risk. Neither the JNTO nor any holder of copyright to the information shall be held responsible in any way whatsoever for any loss or misunderstanding, either direct or indirect, that is incurred as a result of utilizing the information.

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