Tag: Japan Travel
Hayama no Mori campground or はやまの森野営場 is a real escape from the busy city life. With less than 2-hour drive from Kyoto city and less than 50-minute drive from Nara Park, this campground is easily accessible and is a perfect Forest Bathing getaway. If you are visiting Japan’s Kansai area, a few nights at this campground amidst forest will reset and recharge your mind and body.
In Japan, the term “Shinrin Yoku (森林浴)” is a household phrase. It literally translates as “Forest Bathing”, immersing oneself in nature for increased well-being, and it has become a national pastime. The idea is that you switch off your mind, bask in nature, and let the forest’s healing hands do the rest.
For over a thousand years people from all levels of society, including emperors, warriors and aristocrats, have made the arduous pilgrimage to the sacred sites in Kumano. These pilgrims used a network of routes, now called the Kumano Kodo, which stretched across the mountainous Kii Peninsula. Nowadays, for visitors, walking the ancient Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route is a great way to experience the unique way of life, pristine nature and cultural landscape of Japan’s spiritual countryside.