” The holiday was fantastic – a perfect balance of accommodation and activities, wonderful countryside, gardens, food and sake, and onsen (the latter two not necessarily at the same time although I could have if I’d wanted to!!), and the Japanese people so kind and welcoming – without exception.

Just one thing important to note if anyone else was to walk the Nakasendo Way. The address on the voucher for the first day’s accommodation was noted as being in Tsumago when in fact it was in Otsumago. We walked through Otsumago and on to Tsumago, and then found we had to return back up the hill – only another two or so kilometres each way… beautiful scenery, but in the rain…

Just for yours and Tony’s info, we did the three day walk as follows:
Day 1 Magome – Otsumago (10.5 km but normally 6.4km)
Day 2 Otsumago – Nagiso – Nojiri (24 km, then train to Kiso-Fukushima
Day 3 Kiso-Fukushima – Narai (21 km)

By the way, the dinner on Day 2 of the walk (Kiso-Fukushima)… out of this world!!!

Special Mention to the following people…

Toshi and Taro (spelling?) Kamada, our hosts at Kamada Minshuko at Miyajima were wonderful – not many words of common language between the four of us but we managed to communicate and had a lot of laughs together. They were so kind and gave much more than was required of them, eg they invited us to share the evening meal with them one night, and then Taro took us in his boat under the Vermillion Gate next morning (rather special) and then out to the oyster beds (there were oysters at dinner and breakfast – yum!).

Guides: Kumiko (in Hiroshima, Miyajima, Saijo), and Yuka (in Tokyo, Nara)
All the guides were good value (including Yoshi in Kyoto, and our driver in Hokkaido), but Kumiko and Yuka especially so, and both of them were charming and so thoughtful.

The Gion walking tour with Mie was well worth it too, she was so informative and enthusiastic about her subject.

Mr & Mrs Marshman | June 2017