Where it all began!!!
Simon Botoshi here. As some of you may know I recently travelled to Asia on business and got to visit both Taiwan and China. Once the business part of my trip was over I got to take an extended layover in Japan. Japan was simply amazing, the culture the food and the people. On my bucket list has always been to visit Togakure-san the area where our ninja heritage began. I was able to arrange this during my stay. This for me was a dream come true.
We travelled by bullet train from Tokyo to Nagano and then by local bus up to Togakushi mountain where the Togakure ninja clan was born. There are three shrines on the mountain that each have there own significance. The energy and spirituality of this area is hard to describe. We got to stay in a traditional Japanese Ryokan boarding house (that in itself was an adventure) – It is hard to explain how significant this visit was for me. It truly was a magical experience. If ever you have the opportunity to visit, I highly recommend you take advantage of it. Here are a few images from the visit.