The hengeyokai are, by nature, creatures of the forest. Those that follow the path of the Matagi embrace their sylvan nature.
At 3rd level, the henge matagi gains Forest (bamboo, coniferous, and deciduous) as his favored terrain. He gains a +2 bonus on initiative checks and Knowledge (geography), Knowledge (nature), Perception, Stealth and Survival checks when he is in the forest. A henge matagi traveling through the forest leaves no trail and cannot be tracked unless he so chooses. At 8th level, and every five levels thereafter this bonus increases by +3. This ability replaces the ranger’s normal favored terrain.
At 4th level, instead of forming a bond with his hunting companions or with an animal companion, the henge matagi forms a bond with the forest and the spirits within. When in the forest, the henge matagi is never surprised and cannot be flanked. His speed, when in the forest, increases by +5 feet and by an additional +5 feet every 4 levels. Once per day, the henge matagi can cast augury as a spell-like ability with a caster equal to his ranger level. At 8th level, once per day, the henge matagi can cast clairaudience/clairvoyance as a spell-like ability with a caster equal to his ranger level, targeting any spot within the forest he is in. At 12th level and at 16th level he can cast clairaudience/clairvoyance an additional time per day. At 20th level, he can cast clairaudience/clairvoyance at will.