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Hike a section of the Nakasendo Trail on a 3- or 4-day self-guided tour from Tokyo or Kyoto that includes all rail transport. A series of forested trails and paved village paths linking the two cities comprise the Nakasendo, a trail among an ancient network of Japanese highways. Follow in the footsteps of travelers from the Edo period who walked this mountain route via the Kiso Valley. Stop in the best-preserved post towns — known as ‘juku’ — where you’ll stay overnight in local ‘minshuku’ (guest houses). Traditional Japanese dinners and breakfasts are included!
Overnight accommodation is limited to 12 people on this independent tour, ensuring a personable experience with a small group of fellow travelers.Weave your way through charming mountain towns located between Kyoto and Edo (as Tokyo was formerly called) along the Nakasendo Trail, established by the Tokugawa Shoguns!
Choose from a 3- or 4-day self-guided walk, ranging from 2 to 6 hours per day of easy to moderate hiking, including some gentle ascents and descents along village paths and forested trails. On shorter days, take time for independent sightseeing in the lovely old Nakasendo post towns along the way. (You also have the option of riding buses between towns on two of the days.)
You’ll stay overnight in local, family-run Japanese inns (minshuku) with a maximum of 12 fellow travelers. These less formal accommodations are simply furnished without en-suite facilities, but they provide excellent personalized service, including home-cooked Japanese breakfasts and dinners.
Train tickets from Kyoto (or Tokyo) to the start of the walk in Nakatsugawa (including a ride on the Shinkansen bullet train), and from Narai (3-day tour) or Kiso Hirasawa (4-day tour) back to Kyoto (or Tokyo) are included.
Baggage forwarding (own expense) can be easily arranged with instructions provided. Send your main luggage ahead from your accommodation before the Nakasendo Trail to wherever you are staying after the trail, using one of the efficient and secure luggage-forwarding services. With a yukata (a casual kimono) supplied by each inn, you can manage with just a small pack containing your overnight essential items for your 2 or 3 nights on the trail.
With a detailed day-by-day itinerary, including walking instructions and a topographical map, you’re ready to embark on the trail!