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NAKASENDO 

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Trip Includes

  • 4 nights accommodation

  • All breakfasts and dinners

  • All activities, guiding and transportation within tour

Trip Excludes

  • Airfare to/from Japan

  • Alcoholic Beverages

  • Travel insurance, medical coverage, etc.

  • Transportation to Nagoya Station and from Kiso Fukushima Station

  • Winter equipment excluding snowshoes

trip type

Group Tour

or

Private Tour

dates

activities

Hiking

location

Nagano

ITINERARY

Day 1 

Meet in Nagoya in the early afternoon. We will transfer from here to Ena, a post town on the Nakasendo (1 hour) and visit the Hiroshige Museum of Art. Hiroshige was a prolific woodblock print artist that worked during the mid 1800s. We stay at a wonderful local Ryokan that is currently on their 16th generation of innkeepers and go out to a local restaurant for their home cooked style food. 

 

Day 2 

We transfer this morning by train from Ena to Nakatsugawa, then by taxi from Nakatsugawa to the village of Magome (1-hour total). We walk from Magome to Tsumago (3 hours, 7.5 km) with some stops for coffee, lunch and tea along the way. This is the most historic walk on the whole Nakasendo and the one that most people do. We see small rice farming villages, forests, waterfalls and mountainous scenery along the way. Our ryokan for the evening picks us up in Tsumago, and we drive about 20 minutes. We will have dinner in the ryokan and hopefully enjoy the stars if the weather permits. 

 

Day 3 

Transfer from Tsumago to Kisofukushima this morning and leave our bags at the ryokan for the evening. From Kiso Fukushima, we transfer to the Kaida Plateau, where we do a wonderful walk down to a forest restaurant (1-2 hours). After visiting the Kiso horse conservation stables and a local dairy farm, we walk back to a bus stop and transfer back to Kisofukushima, where we have an onsen (hot spring) and dinner in town. 

 

Day 4 

We transfer to Yabuhara this morning, about a 20-minute train ride from Kiso Fukushima. From here we walk over the Torii Pass and into the wonderful village of Narai, another historic post town. After a fantastic soba lunch and some time to look around or shop, we take the train back to Kisofukushima and have a relaxing afternoon, followed by our goodbye dinner. 

 

Day 5 

Transfer back to Nagoya or Tokyo and onto your onward destination. Daniel will help you purchase your train tickets the day before.

PACKING LIST

Attire & Equipment

  • Clothing – Pack for 4 days of walking. Laundry service is not available at the hotels

  • Hiking pants and shorts for walking

  • Thick socks

  • A windbreaker or waterproof jacket in case of rain

  • Shoes – Good hiking shoes that have been worn in. Please wear your shoes before bringing them on a trip

  • Poles – You will want hiking poles as some sections of the train have uneven footing or steep ascent/descents

  • Protection from the Sun – Hat, Sunscreen, Sunglasses, etc.

Additional Items

  • Passport – Please make sure it does not expire within 6 months of our trip and that you have at least one blank page

  • We also recommend bringing a photocopy of your passport in case the original is lost or stolen

  • Credit Card – Many businesses in Japan will accept major credit cards (although there may be an international transaction fee)

  • Cash – For the places that don’t, we recommend bringing at least $200 ~ $300 per person.

  • Debit Card – Along with your PIN number for cash withdrawals in case you run out

  • Important Documents – We recommend having a copy of your passport, travel insurance, and medical insurance policies

  • Camera – Don’t forget your charger or extra batteries

  • Toiletries – Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, nail clippers, and whatever else you need!

  • Medication – Please inform us beforehand if there is anything we should know in regards to your medications

CANCELLATION

  • 60 ~ 31 Days Prior to Arrival: 20% of the Total Costs

  • 30 ~ 4 Days Prior to Arrival: 50% of the Total Costs

  • 72 Hours or Less Prior to Arrival: 100% of the Total Costs