Village in Danba

Dānbā's nearest village with watchtowers is a 45-minute walk along the river. An enterprising family has rebuilt the wooden base levels of a tower next to their home. Visitors can climb up the inside from their rooftop (¥15). Don’t worry about finding them. They, or a ‘friend’ of theirs, will find you.

To get to Suōpō, turn east out of the hostels and follow the river. Turn down the track beside the small police station about 5km on, then cross the small suspension bridge and keep walking up to the village. Look for stone steps under some large trees up to your left, just after you reach the village’s first couple of buildings. These steps lead to the nearest towers.