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Historic Railway Tunnel Hike

Osaka, Japan

Experience hosted by Ian

5.5 hours
Includes food, drinks, equipment
Up to 8 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

This is our gentlest hike and is great for those wanting an active and exciting day out without a lot of climbing. After meeting we'll head off to reach the Mukogawa River. From here we will be following an abandoned rail line which was opened in 1899. The line follows the river and crosses it on old rail bridges, with great views of the forested hills, cliffs and the rapids below.
The most fun part of this hike is the old tunnels! There are six- some really long and they are all VERY dark! You'll be supplied with a handheld flashlight. If you're joining a hike in summer, you'll find the tunnels refreshingly cool!
In spring, March/April, the Takedao hike is a great chance to view Japan's famed and beloved cherry blossoms. The trees here are a rare variety almost brought to extinction in the war. In Autumn, October/November, the momiji colorful autumn leaves are a sight. In all seasons there is a chance of seeing inoshishi wild pigs.
We'll stop and enjoy hot coffee or tea and cookies on a little sandy beach near the end of the hike.

There is an optional side hike with a short but steep climb, following a beautiful stream we can explore the forest in a narrow valley.

At the end of the hike a local restaurant offers locally caught wild boar and venison, vegetarian options also available.

Nearby a hot spring onsen offers a chance to soak away the trail aches (1800yen option
Other things to note
This is a rather gentle hike so pretty much anyone can do it! You'll just need reasonable footwear and clothes for the season, and enough water for the hike.
This is our gentlest hike and is great for those wanting an active and exciting day out without a lot of climbing. After meeting we'll head off to reach the Mukogawa River. From here we will be following an abandoned rail line which was opened in 1899. The line follows the river and crosses it on old rail bridges, with great views of the forested hills, cliffs and the rapids below.
The most fun part of this hike is the old tunnels! There ar…

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What's included

  • Food
    You'll be provided with your own bag of homemade trail mix snacks as well a...
  • Drinks
    Near the end of the hike we'll fire up the gas stove for tea or coffee, or...
  • Equipment
    We'll provide you with a handheld flashlight for the tunnels, feel free to...
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Meet your host, Ian

Host on Airbnb since 2015
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I am a published travel writer and have lived and hiked in Japan for nearly nine years. I've spent most of those nine years teaching English which means I spend a lot of time on the train traveling to classes. Deciding I'd rather spend more time on trails than on trains, here I am! I am passionate about the outdoors and have hiked and camped in many regions of Japan. For the past ten years I have spent the summers in Mongolia where I lead horse trekking tours. However, it is the mountains around Kobe that I know best, I have explored the trails (and often off the trails!) and discovered another side to Japan that few visitors get to see. Away from the hustle of city life, shopping, temples and restaurants there is a quieter natural world that’s ready to be discovered. For more info check out my website: https://www.kansaitrails.com/
I am a published travel writer and have lived and hiked in Japan for nearly nine years. I've spent most of those nine years teaching English which means I spend a lot of time on the train traveling to classes. Deciding I'd rather spend more time on trails than on trains, here I am! I am passionate about the outdoors and have hiked and camped in many regions of Japan. For the past ten years I have spent the summers in Mongolia where I lead horse trekking tours. However, it is the mountains around…
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Where you'll be

Enjoy a leisurely hike along a mostly flat disused rail line.
Find your way through pitch-dark rail tunnels, flashlights supplied.
Watch out for inoshishi wild pigs.
View rare varieties of cherry blossoms (in season)
Enjoy coffee and cookies beside the river.
Soak in an onsen hot spring. ​(optional extra)
Sample locally caught wild pork and venison. (vegetarian options available) Note: restaurant is closed on Mondays unless it is a public holiday
Alicia
March 2020
An excellent trip out of the city and it ended up being one of the highlights due to Ian's excellent companionship. What a champ, highly recommend this tour.
Laura
March 2020
Ian is the best. You can’t do better than Ian as far as tour guides go. He’s got everything you could ever need in that bag of his and serves up a sweet as coffee. Thanks Ian, you’re brill.
Susan
March 2020
My sister and I had an amazing time on the railroad hike with Ian! He was a spectacular guide and made the experience memorable. It was awesome to get outside and see a different side of Japanese history while exploring the beautiful scenery.
My sister and I had an amazing time on the railroad hike with Ian! He was a spectacular guide and made the experience memorable. It was awesome to get outside and see a different s…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 6 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

You'll need to bring suitable footwear and clothing for the season. Street shoes are fine for this hike. Sun screen and insect spray in summer.

You'll need to bring enough drinking water for the hike.