Enjoy trekking in rich nature|Trekking in the Chestnut(TOCHI-NO-KI) Forest area

【Report by the foreigner who knows Ayabe well.】

Name of facility : Trekking in the Chestnut(TOCHI-NO-KI) Forest area Visit date : 2020/10/24 Visitor name : Nathaniel Hoy

The beginning of the trail


Ayabe City has a number of recommended trekking trails

throughout the city.

When I visited I was lucky enough to have almost perfect weather and

a chance to one of the trails in the Chestnut(TOCHI-NO-KI) Forest area.

The Chestnut Forest area is a protected area containing about 800 of chestnut trees that have been collected by locals for a very long time.

Many of the trees are hundreds of years old and a few are

even 1,000 years old.


Along the trail


Starting at the Koya Community Center located a 45-minute drive from Ayabe Station are a number of trekking options for any age and ability.

The main area where the chestnut trees(TOCHI-NO-KI) are located

is fairly easy to reach.

But the trail can get very steep in places.

So, appropriate footwear and clothing are recommended.


Up we go!


While a trekking guide is recommended,

people with experience in the mountains should be fine on most of the trails on their own or in small groups.

When I visited, my guide and I walked a loop course that took us up and around through the chestnut(TOCHI-NO-KI) groove.

Even outside of the prime season the scenery was stunning.


Near the top


Including a short stop to eat lunch at the highest point on the trail

we took we were able to do the loop in two hours.

Our time was definitely on the fast side and a good 3-3.5 hours should be budgeted for most people to complete the same loop.

It is also recommended to bring plenty of water and any food you may need as it is not possible to purchase anything nearby before you start.



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Nathaniel Hoy

From United States of America, came to Japan in 2005

He likes Japanese countryside, Japanese sake, Japanese food,

onsens and Shorinji Kempo.

His hobbies are running, reading and, Japanese sake.



Phone 0773-21-6745 / Mr.Kuchu (person in charge)

(c) 綾部農泊推進地域協議会 / Ayabe Farm Stay Promotion Council

京都府綾部市は里山や田園の風景が広がる京都府北部の観光スポットです。農泊や伝統的な食体験を味わうことができます。
Ayabe City is tourist attractions in the northern Kyoto, you can enjoy farm stay and traditional dining experience and farm stay Kyoto.
綾部市位在京都府的北部,是一處環山繚繞擁有廣闊田園景觀的觀光景點。在這裡可以體驗農家生活以及品嘗具有傳統風味的料理。