Nakasendo Self-guided walking 5 days | from A$1915

Villages of old Japan


  • Village to village walking on the loveliest parts of the old Nakasendo Trail

  • Bathe in the thermal waters at a hot-spring Ryokan

  • See Matsumoto castle, one of Japan’s best historic castles


  • Visit the exquisitely-preserved villages of Magome, Tsumago and Narai

  • Walking over 5 days in the picturesque Kiso Valley and Karuizawa

  • Hike country trails and quiet rural roads, with some moderate ascents and descents

Village-to-village walking on the Nakasendo Trail | five hikes of 1-6 hours each

Trip level:    Active
Availability:  Recommended from April to November
Price per person:  starting from A$1915

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The Nakasendo or ‘Road through the Central Mountains’ was once an integral part of Japan’s feudal network of highways.

Travellers between Kyoto and Tokyo took several days to travel the Nakasendo, often staying overnight in post towns ( Juku). Today , visitors can walk sections of the original route by day and then enjoy staying in local inns in the evening

Japan Holiday’s self-guided Nakasendo Trail tours offer the chance to also spend a  second night at the comfortable Ryokan in Kiso-Fukushima, part-way along the trail. Please ask for information about Japan Holiday’s tour extensions – enjoying spectacular views of Mount Fuji from the Hakone hot spring area and the picturesque village of Oshino Mura, or the laid-back, farming community of Asuka at a quaint Japanese inn or staying with a local family for a sublime homestay experience.

Daily luggage transfer is available as an optional extra service.

This tour offers more advanced hiking.

Whats Included

  • 4 nights at Japanese inns along the Nakasendo Trail

  • 4 breakfasts and 4 dinners

  • Train tickets from Kyoto or Tokyo to the trail and from the trail to Kyoto or to Tokyo

  • Train tickets for intermediate journeys on the Nakasendo Trail

  • Detailed day-by-day itinerary and walking directions

  • Topographical maps

  • Local support by telephone

Whats Not Included

  • Flights

  • Airport transfers

  • Pay locally for drinks with meals and for lunches

  • Pay locally for bus journey on Day 1

  • Single room supplement(s) if required

Nakasendo Trail

Map and Itinerary

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