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Itadori, a village of forests and rivers
Itadori is a village deep in the moutains but only 2-hour drive from Nagoya. In Itadori, there are no famous temples, museums, restaurants, nor attractions, but local culture and nature, especially rivers and mountains.
If you are tired of urban life or touring around visit tourists spots, how about retreating in Itadori for two or three days? You can wonder into beautiful forests, walk along a stream, catch fish, enjoy onsen (hot spa), and stay in a family-owned inn.
If you wonder into the Kabusugi Forest, you may think you are in the world created by Hayao Miyazaki. Everyone pays respect to huge old Japanese cedar trees (Cryptomeria japonica). These trees were planted here several hundreds ago by village people. Since then, human protection and heavy snow fall in the winter in this village have created this mighty forest. Yes, this forest is a joint-work of human and nature.
Itadori River and its tributaries
The name of the village "Itadori" came from the name of a river. It ad or River flows from north to south and human settlements have developed along the river. The river water here is remarkably beautiful.
Family Inn Hioki
If you decide to stay in Itadori for a night or two, I recommend to stay in "Yamano yado Hioki", literary "The Mountain Inn Hioki". It's a small inn operated by Hioki family. There are only five rooms available here. Bathrooms and toilettes are shared ones like other Japanese traditional inns.
The building of the Inn is a hybrid of Japanese traditional wooden house and modern architecture. The building is mostly made of local timber and the furniture too. There is no air conditioners but there is a wood-burning stove for winter. An onsen (hot spa) facility is only 5 minutes away by foot. So it is recommended to go there rather than taking bath in the Inn.
What makes you surprised here is the food. Believe it or not, you encounter one of the best food in Japan. Most of the materials they use are locally grown, and how they are prepared and presented are very delicate. Of course the menu changes from season to season.
Activities in Itadori
In Itadori, you can catch fish in the river, climb the surrounding mountains, camp along the rivers or attend a class of local food preparation. But what I personally recommend and really do is just to have a walk. Walk with a guide. By walking you can touch the nature, culture, history, not known even to the most of Japanese people. You will agree that Itadori is a hidden treasure.
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