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Shimokawa 下川


Embark your journey through Shimokawa’s forests. As you maneuver between the trees, you can pick out the smell of fir sap, the sound of birdsong, the tracks left behind by deer and foxes- and feel the therapeutic effects of “shinrin-yoku”- the Japanese practice of forest bathing. Learn about Shimokawa’s connection to its forests, and you can help to maintain them by pruning low-hanging branches. You will then carry these trimmings with you back to the eco-house, to distill them into relaxing essential oils. Wherever your journey takes you from here, you will leave refreshed, well-fed and warmed by the welcome of the people of Shimokawa.


Forest Therapy

Relax, refresh, reconnect and nurture the forest like a local.

Essential Oil Distillation

Enter the forest with a knowledgeable local guide and prune low-hanging branches of the todomatsu pine trees. Bring these branches and leaves back to the eco-house and distill them into relaxing essential oils.

Farm to Table Pizza Making

Make your own pizza from locally grown wheat, tomatoes, basil and other ingredients!

Visit to Ichi-no-hashi Bio-Village

The bio-village was created with the concept of a compact-town, where facilities are built within the compounds of the residential area. The village is heated using biomass energy. 

River Walking

Take a walk in the river that gave Shimokawa its name, with an experienced and knowledgable guide. Learn about the eco-systems in the river and be awe struck by the diversity of life forms in the untouched nature.

*We work closely and directly with our local coordinators to ensure that our presence in the local region does not pose as a threat to the natural environments nor a nuisance to the local communities. As such, we have a limit to the number of participants for each trip. Our established relationship of trust with the locals is the foundation of our activities that are designed to benefit both the locals and the visitors.

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Feel free to contact us if you wish to arrange a customized tour.

* Please note that this activity will only take place with a minimum of 5 participants.
In the event that we have less than 5 paticipants, the activity will be cancelled.

Cancellation Policy
You can get a full refund with no cancellation charges incurred, if you cancel earlier than 30 days before the activity date.

A cancellation charge equivalent to half the participation fee will be incurred if you cancel earlier than 15 days before the activity date.

There will be no refunds if you cancel later than 14 days before the activity date.

We are working with Shimokawa's local tourism board who is in charge of the coordination and reservation of accommodation facilities and transportation.

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