Nakasendo Trail

From Tōkyō, visit the 'road through the mountains' once travelled by feudal lords. Stay in traditional country inns, enjoying exquisite regional cuisine and soaking in natural hot springs before ending in Kyōto.

Nakasendo Trail

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Nakasendo Trail
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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: 12 days
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  • Availability: March to November
  • Type:Guided tour with an expert bilingual guide
  • Price: From USD 4,420(Price per person, based on 2 travellers sharing a room)

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  • Walk village to village on the loveliest parts of the old Nakasendō Trail
  • Bathe in the thermal waters at a hot spring ryokan
  • Stay in monastery lodgings in the temple town of Mount Kōya
  • See the exquisitely preserved villages of Narai, Tsumago, and Magome
  • Visit the historic imperial capitals of Kyōto, and Nara with its free-roaming deer
  • Ride the world-famous bullet train

The Nakasendō Trail linked Kyōto to Tōkyō during Japan's feudal period. It was the 'road through the mountains' (as opposed to the Tokaido route, which travelled the Pacific coast) travelled by feudal lords and their retinues, samurai, merchants, and travellers. Along the route were 69 post towns where weary travellers could rest before continuing to the next leg of their journey.

Our journey will start in Tōkyō, known as Edo during Japan's period of rule by the shōgun. We will then spend four days walking along the Nakasendō. By day we will walk along the ancient route as it passes through beautifully preserved villages, and by evening we will stay in traditional country inns, enjoying exquisite regional cuisine prepared from the freshest ingredients, soaking in natural hot springs, and enjoying the warm hospitality of our hosts.

If you would like to experience these magical landscapes covered with snow, we offer a winter version of the Nakasendō Trail here.

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What is included
Full-time services of an English-speaking tour guide
11 nights in hotels and Japanese-style inns
Daily breakfast and 7 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 3 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.