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!
|It is also possible to join the hike on the day of the event but a prior application is more convenient!
||English-speaking staff is available to help you!
||English maps are also available.
A wonderful free gift is included!
Customers who make a reservation through the Internet will receive another wonderful free gift as well!
||There are no time limits, etc.
Please enjoy the hiking in your own way!
Hiking from Doai Station is a limited-period hike, available on any day of your choosing from Saturday, October 5 to Monday (holiday), October 14, 2013. There is no participation fee, and it would make a wonderful memory of your trip to Japan. You can just turn up on the day if you like.
||Saturday, October 5 to Monday (holiday), October 14, 2013.
Original Can Badge
||10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
||JR Doai Station
Recommended trains to JR Doai Station
||Doai Station square
||Approx. 3 hours (excluding time looking round the sites)
||Approx. 10 km
||Free of charge
||Feel free to bring your own lunch.
||This is not a guided tour. You can walk around there freely with a map.
Points to Note:
- You will be walking for around 3 hours so please wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
- The hiking will proceed in the event of light rain and will be cancelled in the event of stormy weather.
- After arrival at the destination, participants are free to go their own way. Please take care on your return journey.
- For walking safely in nature, please reference the information below and take care concerning your clothing and the things you bring with you.
We recommend a hat with a brim to protect your head and neck from direct sunlight, tree branches, etc.
We recommend a layered approach using long-sleeve clothing that is made of quick-drying material and that is easy to put on and take off. We also recommend that you bring a jacket to protect you from the cold.
We recommend pants that are made of quick-drying material and that allow for ease of movement. We do not recommend jeans or shorts.
Please wear thick climbing socks inside comfortable broken-in hiking or climbing shoes/boots.
In principle, any personal effects that you have should be carried on your back. A small knapsack for one-day outings should be sufficient. Don't forget to also bring a knapsack cover to protect it from rain.
- Rain gear
Please bring separate top and bottom rainwear made of waterproof material. Be sure to bring this rain gear even if skies are clear.
Please bring a canteen for fluid replacement.
- Emergency provisions
Please bring some nutritive food that can be eaten without preparation (candy, biscuits, chocolate, etc.).
- Walking staff
To ease tired legs, we recommend that you bring the type of mountain-climbing staff that has a cap on the end.
We recommend that you bring gloves to protect your hands.
- Refuse bag
Everyone should carry their refuse home with them. Please give us your cooperation in the regard.
This Hiking from Doai Station event uses a round-trip course in which the way out is a gentle uphill grade and the way back a gentle downhill grade. You can enjoy the different scenery views available on the two halves of the hike.
Opened on December 19, 1936, the station's northbound and southbound platforms are located in different places. The platform for northbound trains is located 70 meters underground in the Shimizu Tunnel so Doai Station is known as Japan's most extreme "mole station." To get from the platform to the ticket gate you have to walk up a stairway of 482 steps.
On your way from Doai Station to the Tanigawadake Ropeway, you can see this approximately 20 meter high waterfall from the Doai Bridge. There is a magnificent view from this bridge looking in the upstream direction of the Yubiso River.
This is the site of a stone monument with the names of people who met with climbing disasters on Mount Tanigawa. Climbing accidents are a frequent occurrence on this mountain, which is known for having the most such disasters of any mountain in the world, with approximately 800 people having died or gone missing.
On the first Sunday in July, the Mount Tanigawa mountain-opening ceremony is held at this location, and on the first Sunday in October the Mount Tanigawa spirit-consoling ceremony (mountain-closing ceremony) is held.
Tanigawadake Ropeway Doaiguchi Station is here along with the ropeway platform, shops, an information corner, and other facilities.
If you have time, we suggest you try riding the ropeway. With an elevation of approximately 1,500 meters, Tenjindaira offers a magnificent panoramic view of the peaks of Mount Tanigawa.
In a series of high-quality displays, this museum exhibits materials concerning Mount Tanigawa. A variety of items actually used on Mount Tanigawa have been donated and put on display, including climbing equipment and climbing magazines and books.
The Gunma Prefecture Tanigawadake Climbing Guidance Center was established in 1967 at the base of Mount Tanigawa when the Gunma Prefecture Tanigawadake Accident Prevention Ordinance went into effect. This center engages in accident prevention activities and provides safe-climbing guidance to climbers visiting Mount Tanigawa.
Like Mount Tanigawa's Ichinokurasawa, this ravine is famous as a rock climbing field.
In the past, climbers looking to take on the challenge of climbing the Ichinokurasawa rock wall would first polish their skills at Machigasawa. Also a mecca for spring skiing, in years with a large snowfall Machigasawa continues to host skiers enjoying spring skiing up until early summer so many people can be seen getting in some late-season training.
As is the case with Ichinokurasawa, it is possible to see some wonderful scenery at Machigasawa in the fall foliage season.
Before reaching Ichinokurasawa, there is a place where cool air moves across the path.
At this spot, known as Glacier's Breath, you can feel the chilly air coming from a rock crevice.
One of Japan three largest rock faces, and Tsuitateiwa has become a rock climbing mecca. Located on the east side of Mount Tanigawa (1,977 m), there are steep rock walls and complex terrain, and the weather is drastically changeable since the range is a central watershed. In the fall foliage season, the fall colors can be seen on the dynamic rock wall, and snow is visible on the summit, creating a vivid contrast between the white, red, and yellow colors.
Date: Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6, 2013
Place: Yubiso Park
An event for enjoying outdoor activities to your heart's content.
Over the two-day period, you can enjoy at a discount price outdoor sports such as rafting, canoeing, and bungee jumping. On the event grounds, there are mountain bike and bouldering competitions, and on the evening of the first day you can also view a fireworks display.
Gunma Prefecture sightseeing information
Minakami Perfect Guide
From Tokyo Station
||Weekdays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays
|JR Joetsu Line for Nagaoka Station
For unlimited travel on JR East Shinkansen and limited express trains, make sure you have your JR EAST PASS.
- JR EAST PASSES can be purchased and exchanged at Narita and Haneda Airports.
- Advance purchases can be made online as well.
Take the train from Tokyo to Doai Station! JR East offers discounted passes for unlimited rides.
- Good for unlimited travel for three days with reserved seats on Shinkansen, limited express and other regular trains for 8,000 yen.
- Since this pass is also valid for travel from Narita and Haneda Airports, this is a great way to travel.