Winter Nakasendo Trail

A small-group guided winter tour to the Nakasendō trail. Walk or snowshoe for 1-3 hours over five days

Winter Nakasendo Trail

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Winter Nakasendo Trail
x1 traveller
Single room additional charge

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
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  • Availability: December to March
  • Type:Guided tour with an expert bilingual guide
  • Price: USD 2,935(Price per person, based on 2 travellers sharing a room)

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  • Walk or snowshoe from village to village on the loveliest parts of the Nakasendō Trail
  • Visit beautifully preserved old post towns in the snowy Kiso Valley
  • Soak in natural thermal onsen hot springs – indoors and outdoors!
  • Enjoy hearty, warming seasonal cuisine at welcoming Japanese inns
  • Escape the crowds of busier seasons and enjoy a magical perspective on Japan
  • Ride the world-famous bullet train

Winter is a terrific season to visit Japan. Most winter days are crisp, clear and cold, with brilliant sunshine. Snow falls rather rarely in the cities of Tōkyō and Kyōto – but if you are lucky enough to catch Kyōto's Golden Pavilion dusted by fresh snowfall, it's a truly magical sight. Further into the mountains and towards the Japan Sea coast, snow falls deeply. There is nothing more enchanting than the winter landscapes of traditional wooden villages like Magome and Tsumago against a backdrop of snowdrifts. Imagine the comforting warmth of a steaming-hot Japanese bath after a day outside. Imagine the wonder of sitting in an outdoor thermal water pool known as a rotenburo as snowflakes glide gently through the air around you. There are endless reasons to choose winter for your Japan walking adventure: fewer visitors, special seasonal foods, and the stunning illumination of particular gardens, temples or shrines.

The Nakasendō linked Kyōto to Tōkyō during Japan’s feudal period. It was the ‘road through the mountains’ travelled by feudal lords and their retinues, samurai warriors, merchants, and travellers. Along the route were 69 post towns where weary travellers could rest before continuing on the next leg. We spend five days walking on the loveliest parts of the trail, enjoying the peace and serenity of the winter landscapes. Depending on the depth of snow, we may use our snowshoes to follow the route. We follow quiet village roads and unpaved hill trails through the picturesque Kiso Valley where there are some beautifully preserved old villages. We stay overnight in traditional country inns, enjoying exquisite, warming regional cuisine prepared from the freshest ingredients. We soak in natural thermal onsen hot springs and enjoy the warm hospitality of our hosts. A Japanese bath is the perfect way to end a day walking on the snowy trails!

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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, 2 lunches, 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 4 occasions
Rental gear (a pair of snowshoes, over gloves, gaiters, and walking poles)
What is not included
Airport transfers
Pay locally for drinks with meals and for lunches
Entrance fees to museums, temples etc. not mentioned in the itinerary
A single room supplement is required 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.