Fairly extensive network of cleared wooded trails extending into the hills east of the town. Pick up a free trail map from the information booth in the SW corner of the train station. Trails are often steep, but several hidden ponds offer tranquil rest stops, and maybe the inspiration to write a haiku. Between the train station and the trails, you will walk through the streets of the town, seeing houses, a reservoir, and a Shinto shrine on the south end of town (if you want to do as the locals do: bring several-dozen one-yen coins to offer to the gods you will meet along the shrine path). Spend a couple of hours, or most of the day. If, like Robert Bly and myself, you live life where the soles of your shoes touch the ground, then this will be one of the highlights of your visit to Japan.
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