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Maki, Otari Village : 小谷村真木
Go Trekking to Find Otari Village’s Hamlet Only Accessible on Foot
Guided tour to Maki, a secret hamlet frozen in time and only reachable on foot.
Deep in the hills above Otari Village is a hamlet called Maki. It is not accessible by car. The only way in is a strenuous 1-1/2 hour hike. In the mid 1980's, the last of the original inhabitants moved out, deserting this small collection of thatched roof farmhouses. Now a group of people from an NPO that practices living off the land use the buildings. The settlement is frozen in time, with no modern structures or luxuries. The Otari Village Tourism Assoc. organizes guided tours to go see this secret village.
- Hours :
- Tour departs Minami Otari Station at 9:00 and returns at 15:30.
- Date(s) :
- Tours are offered Weekends in July and August, as well as in Mar. (Snowshoes to be provided as necessary during the winter.) *Verify dates in advance.
- Cost / Price of Admission :
- Reservations :
- Required(Required. Registration possible via the Otari Village Tourism Assoc. website.)
- # of Participants :
Limited English explanation. Strenuous 4-5 hour round trip hike involved so dress accordingly. Pack a lunch.
tel : +81(0)261-82-2233 小谷村観光連盟 fax : +81(0)261-82-2242 Official site
- By Train
- From Minami Otari Station(JR Oito Line), The station is the starting point.
- By Car
- From Nagano IC, Go west on Route 19, take the Olympic Toll Tunnel to Route 148 and turn right. Proceed to Minami Otari Station (total 55.1km, 70 min).
- Otsu, Chikuni,Otari, Kitaazumi,399-9422
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