In feudal times people travelling between Kyoto and Tokyo would use the Nakasendo way – the road through the central mountains – one of a network of ancient highways.
Along the route travellers rested at juku - post towns -and it is still possible to walk the original route by day, and stay at the small local minshuku - guest houses - by night.
The walking is mostly paved village paths and unpaved mountains trails, with some gentle ascents and descents. This walk is highly customisable; there are 3 days of walking ranging from 1 to 6 hours, and we can advise on which days to leave out if you want a shorter or more gentle walk.
Adult (age 12+)|
|Duration :||2 Nights 3 Days|
|Tour Start :||Kyoto or Tokyo|
|Tour End :||Kyoto or Tokyo|
|Walking days :||3 days|
|Departure Date :||Recommended from April to November|
|Download :||PDF Itinerary|
(Meals : D)
From Kyoto or Tokyo; Nakasendo Trail from Magome to Tsumago
Walking distance : 8.3km
Elevation gain : 326m of ascent and 430m of descent
Time required : About 3 hours
We supply train tickets for your journey from Kyoto or from Tokyo to Nakatsugawa, including a ride on the world-famous Shinkansen (Bullet Train) to Nagoya. At Nakatsugawa, you board a local bus for the short journey to Magome. Walk over Magome Pass to Tsumago, one of the best-preserved and most evocative of the Nakasendo post-towns. Spend the night at a family-run Minshuku in Tsumago or the nearby hamlet of O-Tsumago, with a delicious home-cooked Japanese dinner and breakfast included. After dinner, enjoy a stroll through the village streets in the magical quiet of the evening, wearing the yukata gown supplied by your inn.
Hotel : Tsumago
(Meals : B/D)
Nakasendo Trail from Tsumago to Nojiri
Walking distance : 18.4km
Elevation gain : 723m of ascent and 644m of descent
Time required : About 6 hours *
The longest day on the trail is a beautiful and varied hike from Tsumago to Nojiri. Or choose the shorter alternative to Nagiso instead. The trail travels through small valleys and past forests of bamboo and Japanese cedar, through some of the least-developed scenery on the tour. Continue by train to Kiso-Fukushima. Stay at a lovely hotspring Ryokan set in a peaceful valley above the t. Complimentary transfer from the station is provided by the Ryokan. The Ryokan has lovely indoor and outdoor hot-spring baths.
* We offer a shorter alternative of 1 hour (3.7km). You can choose which option you prefer on the day - no need to decide in advance!
Hotel : Kiso-Fukushima
(Meals : B)
Nakasendo Trail from Yabuhara to Narai
Walking distance : 6.2km
Elevation gain : 344m of ascent and 270m of descent
Time required : About 3 hours
The Ryokan will drive you back to Kiso-Fukushima after breakfast. We supply train tickets for the short journey from Kiso-Fukushima to Yabuhara, starting point for the hike over the Torii pass to Narai. Explore this atmospheric village before boarding your train for the journey onwards to Kyoto or to Tokyo, arriving late afternoon.
Hotel : N/A
|Day||City||Hotel Name||Hotel Type|
|1||Tsumago||Daikichi Minshuku||Minshuku (Family-run Guesthouse)|
|2||Kiso-Fukushima||Komanoyu||Onsen Ryokan (Hot-spring Travellers Inn)|