Tokaido Self-Guided Walking 3 Days Premium

Experience the historic Tokaido road from Shiga to Mie, with three gentle hikes of two to four hours.

Tokaido Self-Guided Walking 3 Days Premium

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August 2024
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Tour details

Tokaido Self-Guided Walking 3 Days Premium
x1 traveller
USD 0
Single room additional charge
USD 1,025
TOTAL
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  • Duration: 3 days
  • Trip level:
    Active
    Level
  • Availability: Recommended from April to November
  • Type:Self-guided
    Level
  • Price: From USD 1,565(Price per person, based on 2 travellers sharing a room)
Highlights
  • Visit the historically significant sites of the region in Otsu, Seki and Kuwana; all important trade posts along the Tokaido route
  • Experience gentle and rewarding walks through relaxing rural villages, towns and mountains
  • Immerse in the varied nature of eastern Biwa, with stunning views from the local mountains
  • Enjoy fantastic local food at top quality restaurants
  • Stay in premium private-residency Japanese accommodations on both nights

The Tokaido road was considered to be the most important of the five routes connecting Kyoto to Edo (the former name of Tokyo) in the Edo Period from 1603 to 1867 and as the main route of travel between the old capital and new, with a mix of coastal and mountainous paths the Tokaido has a vivid and storied history.

Explore the preserved areas of one key section along the Tokaido road, in the eastern Lake Biwa area, situated between Kyoto and Nagoya, and taking in the prefectures of Shiga and Mie. Featuring a vibrant mix of regional cultures unique to central Japan; from the remarkable nature and pristinely preserved merchant towns of central Shiga, to the historically rich enclaves of engaging eastern Mie, the area has a great depth and variety, tied together neatly with the storied history of the Tokaido. Eastern Biwa and the Tokaido road provide a deep and interesting experience.

Our journey begins from the entry point of the Tokaido, Kyoto, first heading to Shiga, and a rewarding mountain hike with great views out over the vibrant nature here.

 

After staying at a renovated premium townhouse in the centre of Otsu, head onwards by a local train line to the carefully preserved merchant post-town of Seki in Mie. Explore this picturesque historic town and view the wider area from the top of the mountain here, linking with a 33 Kanon pilgrimage nearby.

Finally, head on to Kuwana in eastern Mie and close to Nagoya, with a comfortable overnight stay in a private traditional-style residency, before trying local cuisine at a nearby Japanese restaurant for dinner. After the final breakfast, a gentle town stroll here provides an education in local folklore and monuments of the trail.

What is included

 

2 nights at premium Japanese accommodations
2 breakfasts and 2 dinners
Train tickets starting in Kyoto and ending in Kuwana
Detailed day-by-day itinerary and walking directions
Topographical maps
Local support by telephone
Our Preparing for your trip and Travelling in Japan Guidebooks
Optional orientation at our Kyoto office

 

 

 

What is not included

 

Flights
Airport transfers
Pay locally for drinks with meals and for lunches
Single room supplement(s) if required
Daily Luggage Transfer - Please enquire for luggage options

 

 

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Itinerary

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