More than 100 years ago, people in this district erected massive stone walls to create enough flat land to build their houses. The traditional features in this area of Nanmoku have been well preserved and this has drawn a number of people to move there from the city, and the natural hot spring has been reopened, with rebuilt bathing facilities.
This community in the furthest corner of Nanmoku has only a few households, and many of the houses have been abandoned and fallen into disrepair. One of the residents, Ichikawa Tatsuharu, who is now in his 80's, meets Theodora and explains how life there has changed.
There are many excellent hiking trails in the Nanmoku area. Teodora explores the route up to a peak known as Oiwa. This trail passes the Sandan-no-take waterfall, which is one of the 3 most famous falls in the Nanmoku district. The summit offers hikers a magnificent view of the entire village and the surrounding mountains.
To reach Nanmoku by train from Tokyo, you take the Joetsu Shinkansen bullet train to Takasaki. You then transfer to the Joshin Line, which will take you to the last stop, Shimonita. From there, it takes about an hour by bus to Nanmoku Village.