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Nakasendo walking tour 2 days

By Cocolo Travel
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Highlights

  • Hike through japanese countryside

  • Stay at a traditional Japanese Inn

  • Visit two picturesque villages

  • Discover the Kiso Valley

  • Enjoy outstanding scenery along the trail

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About this activity

What's included, what's not

  • What's included

    Detailed day-by-day walking itinerary (PDF) and map (Google Map)

  • What's included

    1 night at a Japanese-style inn

  • What's included

    1 Japanese style dinner

  • What's included

    1 Japanese style breakfast

  • What's included

    Local support by telephone

  • What's excluded

    Hotel pick-up and hotel drop-off

  • What's excluded

    Lunches and drinks

  • What's excluded

    Guide

  • What's excluded

    Entrance fees

  • What's excluded

    Bus ticket from Tsumago to Nagiso (JPY 300)

  • What's excluded

    Travel insurance

  • What's excluded

    Transport to/from attraction (if option not selected)

  • What's excluded

    Luggage delivery

Know Before You Book

  • Not wheelchair accessible

  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems

  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers

  • Not recommended for travellers with heart problems or other serious medical conditions

  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level

  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

  • Minimum age form the tour is 17 years

What you can expect

Over the course of two days of easygoing walking and one night spent at a local inhabitant’s house, immerse yourself in the folkloric landscapes of the Japanese landscape along the Nakasendo road, nestled between the villages of Nakatsugawa and Tsumago. During Japan’s feudal period (1603-1868), the Nakasendo was one of five routes that linked the economic capital, Tokyo, with the imperial capital, Kyoto. Unlike the Tokaido, which was replaced by today’s Shinkansen train, the Nakasendo was saved from rampant modernization and still upholds an old-fashioned charm. Created by general Tokugawa in order to assert his political domination, the route spans a distance of 534 kilometres and includes 69 rest stops. Its name literally means “”mountain road”” and is a means of communication in case of a large flood on the Tokaido: the coastal road.

DAY 1 : Away from the city
Walking time: about 3 hours
Walking distance: about 7 km

In the morning, take the JR train to Nakatsugawa station to get started on the trail. After lunch, you'll head out on your journey and, all the while passing residential areas, leave the city behind. A perfect walk for familiarising yourself with the daily life of the Japanese countryside. On the outskirts of a bamboo forest, you will come across the original part of the Nakasendo road, which, like Roman ancient roads, is cobblestoned. It is in these rural surroundings that you'll find the inn where your hosts will welcome you with a restful meal. Once you've had your fill, relax in a hot bath before a Japanese-style sleep: futon and tatami.

DAY 2 : Walk on the Nakasendo
Walking time: about 4 hours
Walking distance: about 11 km

Once out of bed, a Japanese breakfast awaits you: miso soup and rice. Get ready for your second day of adventures! By following the path of the samurai, you'll pass the picturesque village of Magome. Well-preserved wooden houses that line the high street give you the feeling of having travelled back in time. Afterwards, a pleasant walk interspersed with photo stops right up to the last village: Tsumago. Here, you'll visit an original inn: Wakihonjin, built in the late 19th century and host to the Meiji Emperor himself. Lastly, you'll take the bus towards Nagiso station, where you'll take the train to either Matsumoto or Nagoya and continue with the rest of your travels.

Location

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Activity Location

  • Nakasendo
  • Nakatsugawa Gifu 508-0502

Meeting/Redemption Point

  • Nakatsugawa Station
  • 2-1 Ōtamachi
  • Nakatsugawa Gifu 508-0033
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