Nakasendo Trail self-guided walking 3 days | A$1325

Villages of old Japan


  • Walk village to village on the the most picturesque parts of the feudal Nakasendo Trail

  • Enjoy bathing in naturally thermal waters at a hot-spring Japanese inn

  • 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$1325

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The Nakasendo Trail (lit.  ‘The Road through the Central Mountains’ ) was once an integral part of  Japan’s feudal highway system.  Japanese travellers moving between Kyoto and Tokyo would take several days to travel the Nakasendo, often staying overnight in post towns (Juku) along the way.  Modern travellers can today walk sections of the original route by day, staying in local inns at night.

All Japan Holidays’ self-guided Nakasendo Trail tours also present an opportunity to spend a  second night at a traditional Japanese inn in Kiso-Fukushima, part-way along the trail. Please ask for information about Japan Holiday’s tour extensions- enjoy spectacular views of Mount Fuji from the Hakone hot spring area and the quaint rural village of Oshino Mura, or the small agricultural community of Asuka at a rustic Japanese inn-  or for a unique homestay experience, stay with a local family.

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 or Tokyo to the trail and from the trail to Kyoto or to Tokyo

  • 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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