Nakasendo Minoji self-guided walking 4 days

Enjoy hikes of 2-7 hours over four days as you traverse some of the more remote post towns of the Nakasendō's Mino Road, before continuing to Magome, Tsumago, and Narai in the Kiso Valley. Hike through beautifully preserved Edo Period post towns and learn about the history of the Nakasendō and those who travelled on it through the monuments and remnants along the trail.

Nakasendo Minoji self-guided walking 4 days

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June 2024
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Tour details

Nakasendo Minoji self-guided walking 4 days
x1 traveller
USD 0
Single room additional charge
USD 420
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  • Duration: 4 days
  • Trip level:
    Active
    Level
  • Availability: Recommended from April until November
  • Type:Self-guided
    Level
  • Price: USD 1,480(Price per person, based on 2 travellers sharing a room)
Highlights
  • Hike two sections of the Nakasendō: the Mino Road and the Kiso Road
  • Visit and stay in exquisitely preserved post towns, including Ōi and Tsumago
  • See Narai, the prosperous post town stretching almost a kilometre long
  • Hike through beautiful broad-leaf and coniferous forests along quiet, rural trails
  • Stay in traditional inns ranging from hot spring inns to family-run guesthouses
  • Glimpse at Edo-period monuments and statues that have remained here for centuries

The Nakasendō, or ‘Road Through the Central Mountains,’ was part of feudal Japan’s network of highways. Travellers moving between Kyōto and Tōkyō took several weeks to travel the Nakasendō, staying overnight in post towns along the way. Today’s visitors can walk sections of the original route by day and stay in local inns by night.

This tour begins farther west than our classic Nakasendō tour, in what was formerly known as Mino Province (present-day Gifu Prefecture). Mino has a history of pottery dating back 1,300 years, and Mino ware still accounts for 60% of tableware market share in Japan. Though far more remote than the ones in the Kiso Valley, the towns nestled in these mountains were extremely prosperous during the Edo period, and so important strategically that the shōgun even made sure that they were defended.

The Mino Road section of the Nakasendō is characterised by broad-leaf forests and mountain ridges. Highlights of the areas include Oni-iwa Park, a walk with large granite boulders, and the Biwa-tōge Pass, which contains one of Japan’s longest ishidatami stone-paved paths. Coniferous forests join the local flora as you pass into the Kiso Valley on your journey.

You will travel from the Mino-area post towns of Ōkute and Ōi in the mountains up to the post town of Magome, perched on a steep slope, and then further to Tsumago, one of the best-preserved Nakasendō post towns and the location of our Nakasendō branch office. Your journey will end in Narai, the longest post town on the Nakasendō and one of the most prosperous in its time. 

Travellers walking with Oku Japan will have the chance to enjoy our fureai experiences. These are meant to bring our guests together with members of the community and create small, meaningful interactions. Your itinerary outlines the fureai points and tells you about the local business owners, residents, and other community members you can meet. You’ll also receive a little token of appreciation when you visit the fureai places.

You’re supported by our team in Kyoto, our local Tsumago office, and by our bespoke turn-by-turn walking instructions and detailed maps to guide you on your way.

Please see here for luggage options.

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What is included
3 nights at Japanese inns along the Nakasendō Trail
3 breakfasts and 3 dinners
Train tickets from Kyoto or Tokyo to the trail and from the trail to Tokyo or Kyoto
Train tickets for intermediate journeys on the Nakasendō Trail which can be pre-booked in advance
Detailed day-by-day itinerary and walking directions
Detailed maps
Local support by telephone and at our Nakasendō branch
Our Preparing for Your Trip and Travelling in Japan guidebooks
Fureai opportunities that bring you closer to the local community
What is not included
Flights
Airport transfers
Drinks and meals not included in itinerary
Local bus journeys which must be paid directly to the bus driver
Single room supplement(s) for solo occupancy
Daily luggage transfer
Itinerary

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

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