The Nakasendo Trail

Weaving through the mountains of central Japan, the historic Nakasendo Trail connected Kyoto and Edo-period Tokyo.  This trail stretches 534 km and the Juku villages along the way provided accommodation for weary travellers walking along this route dating back to the seventh century.  Some of the best-preserved post towns offer a real glimpse into the past, with wooden buildings lining stoned paths and the sound of watermills evoking a connection to those who have walked there centuries ago. 

Amongst the 69 post towns along this ancient trail, Magome, Tsumago and Narai stand out thanks to the conservation efforts made by the local government and people who have lived here for generations. With modern power lines and advertising boards being outlawed, the locals here have preserved the traditional townscape and unique history of this region.

Highlights of The Nakasendo Trail

While portions of the trail have been converted to roads and railways, there are still some well-preserved sections that wind through bamboo forests, fields and along rivers and streams; our tours include hiking on these parts of the trail with accommodation nights in small family run Minshukus and Ryokans. The natural beauty of this region has long inspired many writers and artists and we hope that our guests are moved  by the unique culture, architecture, cuisine and local people as well.

Self-Guided

Nakasendo and Kamikochi walking 10 days

  • Duration: 10 days
  • Level: Active

Explore the Nakasendo trail before heading into the Oku-Hida mountains to explore the biodiverse Kamikochi, ending with excellent hiking and Onsen in Oku-Nikko

USD 2940
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Self-Guided

Nakasendo and Kamikochi walking 6 days

  • Duration: 6 days
  • Level: Active

Enjoy the best forest walks and Juku post towns of the Nakaendo Trail, before heading into the Oku-Hida mountains to explore Kamikochi before arriving in iconic Takayama.

USD 1640
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Guided

Nakasendo and the Kiso Valley

  • Duration: 8 days
  • Level: Active

Highlights of the old Edo road through the Kiso Valley region, enabling you to walk from village-to-village along forested trails, overnighting in traditional inns, with excellent local cuisine and baths.

USD 2940
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Self-Guided

Nakasendo self-guided walking 3 days

  • Duration: 3 days
  • Level: Active

Visit the exquisitely-preserved villages of Magome, Tsumago and Narai over 3 days of walking in the picturesque Kiso Valley

USD 1005
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Self-Guided

Nakasendo self-guided walking 4 days

  • Duration: 4 days
  • Level: Active

Walking over 4 days in the picturesque Kiso Valley with overnight stays in Tsumago, Kiso-Fukushima and Narai

USD 1175
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Nakasendo self-guided walking 5 days

  • Duration: 5 days
  • Level: Active

Village to village walking on the loveliest parts of the old Nakasendo Trail, before visiting Matsumoto with it's historic castle and onward to picturesque Karuizawa

USD 1425
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Guided

Nakasendo Trail

  • Duration: 12 days
  • Level: Active

From Tokyo, visit the 'road through the mountains' once traveled by feudal lords, staying in traditional country inns, enjoying exquisite regional cuisine and soak in natural hot springs before ending in Kyoto

USD 4325
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Guided

Winter Nakasendo Trail

  • Duration: 8 days
  • Level: Active

Experience the tranquil magic of winter on the Nakasendo trail with this small-group guided winter tour, visiting beautifully-preserved old post towns in the snowy Kiso Valley

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