Villages of old Japan


  • Village to village walking on the loveliest parts of the old Nakasendo Trail
  • Bathe in thermal waters at a hot-spring Ryokan

  • Trek country trails and quiet rural roads- some gentle ascents and descents only

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

  • Walking over 3 days in the picturesque Kiso Valley with overnight stays in Tsumago and Kiso-Fukushima

  • Sleep on fluffy futon mattresses laid out on traditional tatami-mat flooring in quaint Japanese inns

Walk village to village on the Nakasendo Trail | three hikes of between 1-6 hours

Trip level:    Active
Availability:  Recommended from April to November
Price per person:  starting from A$850 per person

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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.

Whats Included

  • 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

  • Topographical maps

  • Local and Australian emergency contact

Whats Not Included

  • Flights

  • Airport transfers

  • Pay locally for drinks with meals and for lunches

  • Single room supplement(s) if required

Nakasendo Trail

Map and Itinerary

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