Shinrinyoku (forest bathing) is a part of Japanese culture and has become a relaxation and stress management activity in Japan. “Therapy Roads” are locations with forests experts have evaluated as physically and mentally beneficial for human health. They can be found all around Japan. They are perfect for hiking, whether you’re an expert or just a beginner.
A city in the mid-western part of Hyogo Prefecture, Shiso was certified as the first forest therapy base in 2015 by the NPO Forest Therapy Society. The low population density makes Shiso a superb shelter for the prefecture’s three distinguished therapy roads.
Akasai Therapy Road
Based within the Akasai Valley, Akasai Therapy Road flows along the Akasai River. You can park your car or bike outside the trail free of charge. The closest restaurants are only on the main roads, so don’t forget to bring enough food and drinks. The trail is popular hiking and camping spot among locals and a beautiful option for all seasons. the smell of pine trees and the lush scenery will feel good for both body and soul.
Higashiyama Therapy Road
Higashiyama Therapy Road is in Haga Town, north of Shiso City. People of all ages can easily enjoy walking on the well-maintained mountain trails. Forest Station Haga also has lodging facilities where you can pamper yourself after the hike. Walking around the fragrant Higashiyama Therapy Road will refresh your mind and body.
Forest of Kunimi Therapy Road
The Kunimi Forest Therapy Road walks along the mountain’s ridgeline, centering on the summit of Mount Kunimi. The trail runs through Akamatsu Forest, known for its foliage and antibacterial phytoncide. While the hike is rewarding and beautiful, the forest also features a cute mini monorail called the Forest Learning Trajectory that takes you to the summit for breathtaking views.