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Is hiking the nakasendo safe? 2019/9/7 18:16
Good morning,

My husband and I will hike the Nakasendo for 2 days:
Day 1: Magome-Tsumago
Day 2: Yabuhara-Narai (Torii pass)

I read somewhere that between Magome and Tsumago, there are bells we need to ring, to scare off bears. But I was wondering: is there a similar thing between Yabuhara-Narai? How safe is the nakasendo? Do we need to bring a whistle or something, to scare bears off?

Thanks!
by Frenzy (guest)  

Re: Is hiking the nakasendo safe? 2019/9/7 20:55
According to the website of the relevant tourist association, there's no report of encounter with bear along Nakasendo Trai as of June, 2019.
You may rent bell at the tourist information center as below website shows:

http://www.kiso-magome.com/migarunatabi-suzu.html
by Hirohiroboy rate this post as useful

Re: Is hiking the nakasendo safe? 2019/9/7 22:25
Thanks! Then I guess wefll be fine, also without bell.
by Frenzy (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Is hiking the nakasendo safe? 2019/9/8 03:12
I have done the trail twice without a bell. There are a few bells set up along the trail & I rang them. Occasionally If I hadnt seen anyone for a while I would clap loudly just to make any bear in the area aware of my presence.
by Stan Norrell rate this post as useful

Re: Is hiking the nakasendo safe? 2019/9/8 08:36
If you're worried, buy one (or several!) of those little jingly charms sold all over Japan, and attach it to your bag so it makes noise as you're walking.
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Re: Is hiking the nakasendo safe? 2019/9/17 15:18
Thanks, everyone! These are useful tips.
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