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From Nagano: Nakasendo 2-Day Walking Tour

Product ID: 241682
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Get off the beaten track and travel to the heart of Japan, Nagano, situated in central Japan between the popular destinations of Tokyo and Kyoto, on this 2-day tour.
About this activity
Duration 2 days
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Hike along the historic 'Nakasendo Trail', the Edo Period trade route which once connected Kyoto to Tokyo, through the beautiful Kiso Valley
  • Explore three of the Nakasendo's best preserved post towns, Narai, Magome, and Tsumago, each renowned for their historic state of preservation
  • Spend the night at a traditional inn in Magome with dinner and breakfast
  • Discover the Japan of your imagination as your retrace the footsteps of merchants, warriors, and pilgrims who once walked the same path
Full description
Start your Nakasendo exploration at the beautifully preserved town of Narai Senken. A world away from the neon and buzz of the coastal cities – your guide will give you time to explore before taking you for lunch at a nearby restaurant.  

At approximately 1:00 PM it’s time to start walking. The first day’s walk takes you from Narai through a forested hinterland and onto the town called Ochiai. Your guide will make sure you’re well prepared for the walk and ensure you move at a comfortable pace with plenty of time to discuss and enjoy interesting points along the way. This section of the trail takes most people 2.5 hours to walk and includes some steeper climbs. Move through well-forested areas as you head toward the Torii-Touge Pass.

You'll soon be descending into Ochiai where your guide will give you time for a well-deserved rest and chance to enjoy this pleasant little town. Boarding the tour bus you’ll then be transported directly to the next postal town, Magome. Arriving around 5:30 PM, in Magome your guide will accompany you to your accommodation before wishing you good evening.  

The second day begins with breakfast at your guesthouse before meeting up with your guide around 9:30 AM. You’ll have time to explore the town before departing at 10:30 AM to start the second day'as walking, a longer but more gentle 8.4km trail to Tsumago.  

This approximately 2.5 hour walk takes you through an undulating landscape of rice paddies, farm fields, streams, forests, and even some waterfalls. Your guide will lead you at a comfortable pace including a longer break around the halfway point to rest your feet and soak in your surroundings.
Includes
  • Transportation from Nagano to the Kiso Valley and between all activities/attractions
  • Lunch
  • 1-night accommodation including dinner and breakfast
  • English-speaking guide
What’s Not Included
  • Train ticket to Nagano
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Your guide will meet you at the Information Board of JR Nagano Station across from the Shinkansen exit gates at 08:30 (the guide will be there by 08:20). The tour ends at 17:30 at Nagano Station.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Hiking shoes
Know before you go
• Please wear suitable shoes/boots and clothing for hiking through varying terrain. The trail is well-maintained and paved in some areas with other sections being more challenging. The trail is undulating with some steeper climbs however it is suitable for anyone of reasonable fitness.
• Please be prepared for changing weather conditions including rain (any time of year but especially in June and July) and hot, humid conditions from late June until September. Kiso Valley is a mountainous region, therefore, the weather can change rapidly.
• Accommodation is at a traditional guesthouse including futon bedding (on the floor) and shared bathrooms, typical of a traditional Japanese inn.
Organized by

Machinovate Japan Ltd.

Product ID: 241682