The Nakasendo Trail (lit. ‘The 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.
Walking the ancient Nakasendo highway offers travellers a glimpse into a Japan that has changed little over the centuries. The most popular section of the route is the 7.7km section that links Magome and Tsumago, two of the “juku” (rest stations) along the route. These both have many well-preserved and restored traditional buildings.
Despite the fact that this section is about 170km northeast of Kyoto in the mountains of Gifu and Nagano Prefectures, you can actually do this as a long day trip from Kyoto if you use the shinkansen and the Shinano Express trains. Japan Holidays recommends slowing down and taking in the history and culture of this area on our especially created tour. Variations of this itinerary are available.
Please ask for information about Japan Holiday’s tour extensions.
Daily luggage transfer is also available as an optional extra service – please ask if required.
Japan Holidays ‘welcomes younger walkers on all trips- with an accompanying adult and offer a 10% price reduction for children (6-11) and an 80% price reduction for infants (0-5).
Please contact Japan Holidays for specific hiking, meal or bedding enquiries.
2 nights at Japanese inns along the Nakasendo Trail
2 breakfasts and 2 dinners
Train tickets from Kyoto to Nakatsugawa Ordinary class
Train ticket from Narai to Tokyo Ordinary Class
Detailed day-by-day itinerary and walking directions
Local and Australian emergency contact
Whats Not Included
Pay locally for drinks with meals and for lunches
Single room supplement(s) if required
Map and Itinerary
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