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 : Dinner)
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
Hotel : Tsumago
(Meals : Breakfast / Dinner)
Nakasendo Trail from Tsumago to Nojiri
Walking distance : 18.4km
Elevation gain : 723m of ascent and 644m of descent
Time required : About 6 hours *
* 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 : Breakfast)
Nakasendo Trail from Yabuhara to Narai
Walking distance : 6.2km
Elevation gain : 344m of ascent and 270m of descent
Time required : About 3 hours
Hotel : N/A
Most of our accommodation is Japanese style guest house and they are share bathroom.
※ Example images, actual hotels may vary.
|Day||City||Hotel Name||Hotel Type|
|1||Tsumago||Daikichi Minshuku||Minshuku (Family-run Guesthouse)|
|2||Kiso-Fukushima||Komanoyu||Onsen Ryokan (Hot-spring Travellers Inn)|
|Tour Operator :||Oxalis Holidays Limited|
|Hotels :||2 nights Japanese-style Rooms|
|Meal :||2 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners|
|Participants :||Minimum 1|
|Single Room Supplement :||
|Type and level of walking :||Active - Our Active tours generally have dedicated days of trail walking, with some days of over four hours and with some ascent and/or descent.|
|Walking Season :||Recommended from April to November|
|Departures :||Any day Accommodations are busy and may charge extra during the following Japanese holiday periods: Golden Week (29 April - 05 May), and O-bon (09 - 17 August). Please enquire for availability and pricing if your trip falls within those dates.|
|International Flight :||We offer the option of purchasing air inclusive tour packages, or land only tour packages, giving our customers the freedom to source their own flights. However, we are always more than happy to arrange your flights.|
|Optional extra days :||
We can arrange extra days at the beginning or end of the trip in the following destinations :
Additional Night in Kiso-Fukushima
If you would like to have a rest day during the hike, we recommend spending a second night in Kiso-Fukushima, between Day 2 and Day 3. On this extra day, you can explore the old Nakasendo area of Kiso-Fukushima town and there are also optional hiking courses to Gongentaki Waterfall and Kiso-Fukushima-Jo, the former site of the town's castle. Please note that if you request this additional night, your trip will end a day later than the regular tour.