Soak in some forest therapy in Japan

Forest bathing in Japan's Ashizu Valley Trail Therapy Road and soaking in a hot spring in Tamatsukuri Onsen are therapy for the body and soul

My field of vision was a narrow strip of the tree canopy, a lacework of leaves and branches against the waning blue of the sky.

Lying cocooned in a cloth hammock with a slender opening between the cloth lips to gaze out of, my view sways gently and I expect to feel impatient, or at least motion-sickness.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 24, 2019, with the headline 'When nature nurtures'. Print Edition | Subscribe