Beautiful cedar trees line the Nakasendo
Continuing on, we saw footprints on the snow that suggested that some other people had gone through the path earlier that day. But it was definitely clear that only a few souls in their right minds would have hiked the trail that day.
It was not just the forest that made Nakasendo especially charming; it was the things that we encountered when we embarked on the trail. Each main trail section had an old rustic pole with a bell hanging to it. According to the sign on the pole, the bell was rung during the older times, to scare off bears in the area. Luckily, bears are in hibernation during winter. Nevertheless, we felt the urge to ring every bell we chanced upon, as if to proudly announce that we were still very much completing the trail. (I’m sure other hikers would have felt the same way).