We supply train tickets for your journey from Kyoto or from Tokyo to Nakatsugawa, including a ride on the world-famous Shinkansen (Bullet Train) to Nagoya. At Nakatsugawa, you board a local bus for the short journey to Magome. Walk over Magome Pass to Tsumago, one of the best-preserved and most evocative of the Nakasendo post-towns. Spend the night at a family-run Minshuku in Tsumago or the nearby hamlet of O-Tsumago, with a delicious home-cooked Japanese dinner and breakfast included. After dinner, enjoy a stroll through the village streets in the magical quiet of the evening, wearing the yukata gown supplied by your inn.
Nakasendo Trail – Villages of old Japan
Adult (age 12+)
|Price :||Adult (age 12+) AUD1,875|
|Duration :||3 nights 5 Days|
|Tour Start :||Kyoto or Tokyo|
|Tour End :||Tokyo|
|Walking days :||5 days|
|Departure Date :||Recommended from April to November|
|Route :||Kyoto or Tokyo ⇒ Magome ⇒ Tsumago ⇒ Nojiri ⇒ Yabuhara ⇒ Narai ⇒ Hirasawa ⇒ Matsumoto ⇒ Karuizawa ⇒ Yokokawa ⇒ Kyoto or Tokyo|
|Includes :||4 nights accommodation, 4 Breakfasts and 4 Dinners, Train tickets from Kyoto or Tokyo to the trail and from the trail to Tokyo, Train tickets for intermediate journeys on the Nakasendo Trail, Detailed day-by-day itinerary and walking instructions, Topographical map, Local phone support|
|Download :||PDF Itinerary|
|Day||Event / Visit|
From Kyoto or Tokyo; Nakasendo Trail from Magome to Tsumago
Walking distance : 8.3km
|Meals : Dinner|
|Hotel : Tsumago|
Nakasendo Trail from Tsumago to Nojiri
Walking distance : 18.4km
The longest day on the trail is a beautiful and varied hike from Tsumago to Nojiri. Or choose the shorter alternative to Nagiso instead. The trail travels through small valleys and past forests of bamboo and Japanese cedar, through some of the least-developed scenery on the tour. Continue by train to Kiso-Fukushima. Stay at a lovely hotspring Ryokan set in a peaceful valley above the t. Complimentary transfer from the station is provided by the Ryokan. The Ryokan has lovely indoor and outdoor hot-spring baths.
* We offer a shorter alternative of 1 hour (3.7km). You can choose which option you prefer on the day - no need to decide in advance!
|Meals : Breakfast / Dinner|
|Hotel : Kiso-Fukushima|
Nakasendo Trail from Yabuhara to Narai
Walking distance : 6.2km
The Ryokan will drive you back to Kiso-Fukushima after breakfast. We supply train tickets for the short journey from Kiso-Fukushima to Yabuhara, starting point for the hike over the Torii pass to Narai. Explore this atmospheric village before check-in at your family-run inn in the heart of the village. Your hosts will serve a home-cooked Japanese dinner and breakfast.
|Meals : Breakfast / Dinner|
|Hotel : Narai|
Nakasendo Trail from Narai to Hirasawa
Walking distance : 2.5km
After breakfast, walk the short distance to the small town of Kiso-Hirasawa, famous for its lacquerware. There are many small shops selling beautifully-crafted tableware and furniture. Board a train at Kiso-Hirasawa station for your onward journey to Karuizawa or Komoro for your final overnight stay. Both locations have lovely inns with a real sense of history and fine Japanese baths. Ride first to Matsumoto where you can visit the famous castle before connecting onwards to your final stop – total travel time by train is around three hours, not including the optional break of journey in Matsumoto. Arrive at your accommodation in time for a wonderful dinner with local produce.
|Meals : Breakfast / Dinner|
|Hotel : Karuizawa|
Nakasendo Trail from Karuizawa to Yokokawa and transfer to Tokyo
Walking distance : 16.7km
After breakfast, your final walk on the Nakasendo Trail is from Karuizawa to Yokokawa. Leaving Karuizawa, the trail takes you over the Usui-toge Pass and down a gentle descent along one of the most beautiful sections of the Nakasendo, and certainly the least-developed. From Yokokawa, board the local train to Takasaki and change there for your ride on the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) to Tokyo. The train journey takes around two hours and you will arrive in Tokyo in the late afternoon or early evening.
* The walk can be shortened by 3.3km / 2 miles by a taxi ride at the start of the day.
|Meals : Breakfast|
|Hotel : N/A|
Most of our accommodation is Japanese style guest house and they are share bathroom.
※ Example images, actual hotels may vary.
|Day||City||Hotel Name||Hotel Type|
|1||Tsumago||Daikichi Minshuku||Minshuku (Family-run Guesthouse)|
|2||Kiso-Fukushima||Komanoyu||Onsen Ryokan (Hot-spring Travellers Inn)|
|3||Narai||Iseya||Minshuku (Family-run Guesthouse)|
|3||Karuizawa||Tsuruya Ryokan||Ryokan (Travellers Inn)|
|Tour Operator :||Oxalis Holidays Limited|
|Hotels :||4 nights Japanese-style Rooms|
|Meal :||4 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners|
|Participants :||Minimum 1|
|Single Room Supplement :||AUD525|
|Type and level of walking :||Active - Our Active tours generally have dedicated days of trail walking, with some days of over four hours and with some ascent and/or descent.|
|Walking Season :||Recommended from April to November|
|Departures :||Any day Accommodations are busy and may charge extra during the following Japanese holiday periods: Golden Week (29 April - 05 May), and O-bon (09 - 17 August). Please enquire for availability and pricing if your trip falls within those dates.|
|International Flight :||We offer the option of purchasing air inclusive tour packages, or land only tour packages, giving our customers the freedom to source their own flights. However, we are always more than happy to arrange your flights.|
|Optional extra days :||
We can arrange extra days at the beginning or end of the trip in the following destinations :
Additional Night in Kiso-Fukushima