Nakasendo Walking Trip

Discover Japan on this 10 night, 11 day, walking trip that takes you beyond the standard guidebooks, starting in the vibrant, modern capital Tokyo and ending in the cultural heart of Japan, Kyoto. Between the two cities, we take the slow lane on the ancient Nakasendo highway, through the beautiful Kiso valley.

After experiencing the energy and bustle of Tokyo — and learning about its rich feudal history — we enjoy the next six days walking in the Japanese countryside on the old Nakasendo highway. Our final two nights are devoted to exploring Kyoto — the ancient capital and Japan's cultural centre.

Along the way, we encounter reminders of Japan's feudal past, juxtaposed with its modern present. You will experience the traditional hospitality of rural Japan as we visit picturesque former post towns including Magome, Tsumago and Narai and stay in atmospheric, traditional inns many of which have been in the same family for several generations.

The accommodation on the trip encompasses a range of traditional inns (minshuku and ryokan) and hotels in Ena and Kyoto. To see the tour itinerary and further details please click here.


What our clients have said:

"We have just finished a 10 day walk of the Nakasendo Trail with Fusao Ariga of Japan Travelogue and have had a marvellous time." C.B. Australia

"I thoroughly enjoyed the walking and staying at the wonderful inns. The food was fantastic! I shall certainly recommend you to anyone thinking of going to Japan." V.H. United Kingdom

"It was a great trip and we thank you very much for the Nakasendo tour and showing us the ropes in Japan." L & M U.S.A.

"HIGHLY RECOMMENDED especially if you want to get off the beaten path and enjoy unique experiences in a foreign culture." R.B. U.S.A.

"Our guide was Fusao Ariga. He's fluently trilingual (Japanese, English and Finnish (!), and is very knowledgable about the history of the trail and Japan in general. His choice of inns was excellent, and he looked after us extremely well. I doubt if you could find someone better if you want to hike in Japan." I.F. United Kingdom

"An excellent experience which has provided me with some super memories – really good value as I consider I have experienced something unique that could not have been offered by any package tour. Thanks once again!" P.H. United Kingdom

"Very impressive. Well organised, interesting and varied." C.D. Australia

“Thank you for organising what we are calling our best holiday ever. The walk, the inns, the food, the culture, everything was just marvellous.” J&F. Australia

“This was our first experience of a guided tour and we enjoyed it immensely.” M&M. United Kingdom