Nakasendo and the Kiso Valley

A short small-group guided walking tour with three hikes of 3-6 hours of village-to-village walking on the Nakasendō Trail

Nakasendo and the Kiso Valley

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Nakasendo and the Kiso Valley
x1 traveller
Single room additional charge
USD 605

Solo supplements guarantee solo rooms at the hotels on your tour. At inns, you will share with another member of your departure of the same gender.


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  • Duration: 8 days
  • Trip level:
  • Availability: April to November
  • Type:Guided tour with an expert bilingual guide
  • Price: USD 2,940(Price per person, based on 2 travellers sharing a room)

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  • Enjoy the key walks and villages along the old Nakasendō Trail
  • Visit Tsumago, Magome and Narai – three lovingly maintained historic villages along the trail
  • Bathe in relaxing thermal onsen waters at multiple hot spring inns
  • Enjoy walking in historic Kyōto and Nara with your experienced bilingual guide
  • Stay at a charming family-run inn offering warm and inviting hospitality
  • Experience a bullet train journey from Kyōto

The Nakasendō, or 'road through the central mountains', was a key route in feudal Japan's network of highways. Merchants and travellers moving between Tōkyō and Kyōto spent multiple days to travel the Nakasendō, staying in post towns each evening. A key section of the original route in the Kiso Valley region retains much of the nature and character of this historically significant period of Japan's history, enabling you to walk from village to village along forested trails, as you overnight in traditional inns with excellent local cuisine and baths.

Our 8-day small-group guided tour, Nakasendō and the Kiso Valley, spends two nights in Kyōto, where the trail begins. We will also take a side trip to nearby Nara for an excellent hike while here. Next, we enjoy three days of excellent walking along the Nakasendō Trail – by day we will walk along the ancient route as it passes through beautifully preserved villages along a gentle path, and by evening we will stay in traditional inns. During these stays, we will enjoy exquisite regional cuisine prepared from the freshest ingredients, soak in natural hot springs, and enjoy the warm hospitality of our hosts. Finally, our time together will end in Tōkyō.

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What is included
Full-time services of an English-speaking tour guide
7 nights in hotels and Japanese-style inns
Daily breakfast and 5 dinners
All transportation between tour locations
Entrance to museums, temples, and other sights on the group's itinerary
Forwarding of 1 item of luggage on 2 occasions
What is not included
Airport transfers
Drinks and meals not included in itinerary
Entrance fees to museums, temples, etc. not mentioned in the itinerary
Single room supplement for solo travellers at hotels

Tour itineraries are subject to change. We will inform you of any amendments as soon as we become aware of them.