Every morning a thick blanket of cloud fills the valley, echoing the area's past as a flood plain.
One of the local legends tells of a farmers daughter who fell in love with and married a horse. Her father, hearing of the news, took the horse and hung it from a mulberry tree. The daughter found the horse hanging from the tree and clung to its neck. Her father then chopped off the horses head and the girl's spirit was said to have flown into the sky with her beloved horse.
Known locally as Dan-no-hana, this hill was one a site where families are said to have brought their elderly relatives once they became a burden on the family. The eldery relatives were left here to die of starvation and exposure. Now the hill is a community graveyard.
A famine memorial in a forest where 500 images of Buddha have been carved into the rocks.
The rivers within the Tono Valley are said to contain Kappa, a child-sized turtle-like creature with a flat plate on its head. Often depicted as cute characters, their history in folklore is much darker, with tales of drowning children, raping women and gorging on human flesh. They also enjoy eating cucumbers and the local people leave cucumbers by the river as a sign of respect.
The Tono Valley in the North East of Japan's main island is an area rich in history and folklore, famed for a collection of legends called 'Tono Monogatari' (Tales of Tono).