Nakasendo self-guided walking 4 days

This longer, linear hike of the Nakasendō Trail reveals more hidden highlights. Stay in traditional Japanese inns in Tsumago and the onsen town of Kiso-Fukushima, and visit historic Narai as you enjoy hikes of 1 to 6 hours.

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August 2024
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Tour details

Nakasendo self-guided walking 4 days
x1 traveller
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Single room additional charge
USD 365
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  • Duration: 4 days
  • Trip level:
    Active
    Level
  • Availability: Recommended from April to November
  • Type:Self-guided
    Level
  • Price: From USD 1,555(Price per person, based on 2 travellers sharing a room)
Highlights

 

  • Walk village to village on the loveliest parts of the old Nakasendō Trail
  • Visit the exquisitely preserved villages of Magome, Tsumago, and Narai
  • Bathe in the thermal waters at a hot spring ryokan
  • See beautifully crafted lacquerware in Kiso-Hirasawa
  • Hike country trails and quiet rural roads, with some gentle ascents and descents

This 4-day itinerary along the Nakasendō Trail is a longer introduction to the best-preserved historic post towns of the Kiso Valley for those wishing to spend a longer amount of time on the trail. The hiking takes a mostly linear route, providing a sense of satisfaction, and is increasingly quiet and remote as you hike along the trail.

You’ll enjoy all the highlights of our shorter itinerary, visiting the charming, well-preserved post towns of Magome, Tsumago, and Narai. You’ll also enjoy overnights in traditional inns and the opportunity to bathe in soothing hot springs, known as onsen.

Upon arriving in Narai, you’ll see the many woodcrafts produced in this proud mountain community. You'll also be able to enjoy the gentle route to the neighbouring village of Kiso-Hirasawa, a town famous for its 400-year-old lacquerware tradition. There are still craftspeople today creating traditional lacquerware pieces, and a younger generation finding new innovative ways to reinvent the tradition. Take some time to explore the town before moving on.

This tour is also family friendly with accessible hiking suitable for both the novice and enthusiast alike. Take the time to discover a side of Japan unlike any other, with its own traditions.

You’re supported by our team in Kyōto, our local Tsumago office, and guided by our bespoke turn-by-turn walking instructions and detailed maps, created by our team of hikers for you.

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 Kyōto or Tōkyō to the trail and from the trail to Kyōto or to Tōkyō
Train tickets for intermediate journeys on the Nakasendō Trail
Detailed day-by-day itinerary and walking directions
Topographical maps
Local support by telephone
Our Preparing for your trip and Travelling in Japan guidebooks
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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