Nordic Walking Tour in Shibata Niigata

Enjoy the beautiful Shibata countryside with a Nordic Walking Tour!
Nordic Walking is a popular walking / hiking sport that uses poles similar to trekking poles.  It engages the arms during the walk and offers a more rigorous full body exercise.

Sunrise of the rice fields

  • If you are interested in booking a walking tour with a local guide, please inquire at the front desk.
  • If you have a group of more then 2 people that is interested in participating, please reserve the walking tour a few days in advance of your arrival.
  • You can also rent the walking poles and trek out on your own. A local map will be provided.


The guided walking route may vary by season and weather.

The guided walking tour takes about 1 to 2 hours depending on the groups pace.

We will start our walk at the Akebono Onsen Ryokan Hotel and will walk through the countryside, rice farms, Carillon park, and other local sights. We will touch the rock of reflection and view the original spot where the Tsukioka hot spring waters bubbled up. At the end of the walk, we will soak our feet in the foot baths.

Drinks and a small snack will be provided for the walking tour with guide.

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How to Enjoy a Japanese Onsen Hot Spring Bath – Rules & Etiquette

Indoor Natural Hot Spring Soaking Bath

The Akebono Natural Hot Springs Onsen features pristine water from the famous Tsukioka Onsen.  The waters are believed to have various therapeutic properties for health and beauty.

It may be intimidating for first timers to try an onsen hot spring bath, but don’t worry, just follow a few rules and you should be have an enjoyable and relaxing experience.

Tips on how to enjoy a Japanese Onsen Hot Spring Bath in a Hotel or Ryokan

Great video introduction on how to enjoy a Japanese Style Hot Spring Bath

Great infographic showing how to enjoy the onsen hot spring and some info on how and why it’s good for you!

How to use an Onsen or Hotspring in a Hotel or Ryokan

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