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Classic Nakasendo Trail Village to Village Walk 3D2N, Self Guided

Classic Nakasendo Trail Village to Village Walk 3D2N, Self Guided

Classic Nakasendo Trail Village to Village Walk 3D2N, Self Guided


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Walk the Nakasendo Trail village to village over 3 days independently, immerse yourself in the Kiso Valley's beautiful nature, discover the fascinating history of local Samurai connections and the post towns, and indulge in the Kiso region's culinary delights. This is an ideal relaxing walking holiday for history buffs and nature lovers alike.

Starting from Kyoto, your action-packed three day walking journey covers the best sections of the ancient Nakasendo Trail, passing the picturesque Kiso Valley known for its rural villages and natural scenery, and visiting the exquisitely-preserved post towns of Magome, Tsumago and Narai. Stretching all the way from Tokyo to Kyoto, the 533km Nakasendo trail is jam-packed with Japanese traditional culture, architecture, shops and ambiance. Walking the Nakasendo Trail from village to village is a great way to sample Japan's rural scenery.

Walk the original route by day, and stay at the hand-picked Japanese inn/ryokan by night in Tsumago and Kiso-Fukushima. You'll have a chance to try some of the local specialties sourced from the mountains such as buckwheat, honey and fresh wasabi.

Mixed with paved village paths and unpaved forested/mountain trails, the Nakasendo Trail is an easy to moderate walk with some gentle ascents and descents.

The package includes 2 nights accommodation, meals as mentioned in the itinerary, train ticket from Kyoto to Nakatsugawa, PASMO transport card for local transportation as well as customised travel document.

Walking the Nakasendo, walking in the heart of old Japan.

Departure Dates:
Departs daily year round on request.

The itinerary departs from Kyoto and finishes in Tokyo. Reverse itinerary can be arranged and offered. Departs/Finishes in Tokyo, and departs/finishes in Kyoto can also be arranged. Please contact us.

Dates or itineraries don't fit?
We specialise in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury journeys to Japan. Please contact us for a "tailor-made" itinerary for your perfect adventure.

Luggage Forwarding
Baggage handling is not included in the tour cost, but Japan has a fabulous luggage forwarding service which you can use to send your luggage to your next destination. It will take between 24 and 72 hours to get the luggage to the next point so we recommend preparing an overnight bag when using this service. Luggage can be sent between any two points in Japan and the bell desks or receptions at your hotel will be happy to assist you with arranging this luggage transfer. We can assist you to arrange luggage transfers. The 3 day luggage transfer cost is approx. 4500 - 9000 yen (AUD 60 - 115) depending on the size and the weight of the luggage.

This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points.

Please contact us for departure dates, availability or a "tailor-made" itinerary. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 


    Nakasendo Trail or 'Road through the Central Mountains' was part of feudal Japan's network of highways. Stretching all the way from Tokyo to Kyoto, the 533km Nakasendo trail is jam-packed with Japanese traditional culture, architecture, shops and ambiance. Walking the Nakasendo trail from village to village is a great way to sample Japan's rural scenery.

    Post Towns The Nakasendo Trail passed through 67 post-towns. The well preserved post towns are Tsumago, Magome, Kiso-Fukushimam, and Narai.

    Tsumago is located in the Kiso Valley in Gifu Prefecture, one of the oldest and well preserved post towns on the Nakasendo Trail, used to provide accommodation to government officials and lodging for laborers passing through in the Edo period. This restored town provides a taste for how feudal Japan once was and an introduction to the delights of the Japanese countryside.

    Kiso-Fukushima is a delightful small town on the Nakasendo trail between Nagoya and Matsumoto. Tucked away in the Kiso Valley surrounded by nature, this historical town was one of the key points along the Nakasendo trail. A must-visit is Kiso Fukushima Sekisho, with the remains of the Fukushima Checkpoint located on a hill overlooking the Kiso River.

    Narai: The well-preserved Narai-juku post town marks the midpoint of the old Nakasendo Trail. Regarded as the most wealthy post town of the Kiso Valley, Narai’s wooden buildings stretch for over 1 km, referred to as "Narai of a Thousand Houses". For lovers of Edo-period wooden architecture, Narai-Juku will make you feel like you’ve gone back in time.
  • Accommodation

    You will stay in our best hand picked Japanese inns/ryokans during the trip.

    Onyado Daikichi (or Hanaya Isomura)
    Settled in the oldest merchant town during ancient times in Kiso Valley, this beautiful traditional Japanese Inn offers you magnificent seasonal sceneries that you can enjoy and relax in.

    Room Style: Japanese
    Bed Type: Futon
    Bath: Shared bath
    Toilet: Shared western toilet

    Unwind at this long-established inn, the only ryokan that can be found along the mountain road connecting Kiso-Fukushima Station and Mount Kisokoma. Enjoy local specialties using food from Kiso Mountains and high quality sake of the local area.

    Room Style: Japanese
    Bed Type: Futon
    Bath: Indoor / outdoor onsen
    Toilet: Ensuite western style

  • Food

    You will enjoy authentic Japanese food during the tour, with local and surrounding area produce. The local Japanese inns/ryokans will treat you with Kiso region's culinary delights: buckwheat noodles, mountain trout, tender beef and delicious traditional sweets.

    As a general guide:

    Breakfasts: ranges from Japanese style breakfast to buffet breakfast.

    Dinners: Japanese style.

    No alcohol or beverages included.

    Dietary Requirements
    Provided we are advised in advance of your departure we are able to cater for some dietary requirements. Please ensure you discuss your requirements with us well in advance (at least 1 month prior to your trip) to determine whether we can cater for such dietary requirements on your chosen adventure.

    Please note that vegetarian options are available, but limited. Strict vegetarian diets, vegan diets, or gluten free diets will be difficult to accommodate due to the pervasiveness of the fish-based stock dashi and the use of soy sauce and miso in Japanese cuisine. There may be times when those with special requirements may need to provide your own food. We are unable to guarantee a peanut‐free or allergen‐free trip, and therefore, we strongly encourage that travelers with life‐threatening or severe allergies take all necessary medical precautions to prepare for the possibility of exposure. Passengers must travel with all necessary medications for food allergies and be capable of self‐administering these medications.
  • What's Included

    - 2 nights hand picked accommodation in Japanese style on a twin share basis (Not all ryokan accept single travelers)
    - Enjoy delicious traditional cuisine of the Japanese countryside, with ingredients sourced from local and surrounding lush mountains. 2x breakfasts, 2x dinners
    - Train tickets from Kyoto Station to Nakatsugawa Station (reserved seats, ordinary class)
    - Tickets for local trains
    - Detailed itinerary and info pack

    Other Activities at Additional Charges:

    We are specialising in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury journeys to Japan. The following are some of the sample activities that we can offer. Please contact us for more information or a tailor-made itinerary.

    - Kyoto Higashiyama Walking Tour
    - Kurama - Kibune Hiking Tour
    - Kyoto Arashiyama Tour
    - Kyoto Philosopher’s Path Walking Tour
    - Kyoto Fushimi and Sake Museum Tour
    - Spiritual Kyoto Tour
    - Kyoto Afternoon Tea With A Geisha
    - Kyoto Private Geisha Teahouse Experience
    - Kyoto Private Dinner With A Geisha
    - Kyoto Mt. Hiei Spiritual Tour
    - Traditional Cormorant Fishing Private Cruise
    - Evening Kyoto by Night Tour
    - Uji Tea Experience Tour
    - Private Tea Ceremony in Kyoto Exclusive Temple Experience
    - Kyoto Samurai Sword Dance Experience
    - Geisha Makeover Experience
    - Kyoto Traditional Crafts Tour
    - Kyoto Taiko Drums Experience
    - Kyoto Cooking Lesson with Professional Chef
    - Kyoto Market Visit, Sake Tasting and Cooking Lesson
    - Soba Cooking Lesson
    - Nara Excursion from Kyoto
    - Nara and Fushimi Excursion from Kyoto
    - Ohara Excursion from Kyoto
    - Ine Fisherman Village Excursion from Kyoto
    - Himeji Excursion from Kyoto
    - Iga Ninja Excursion from Kyoto
    - Sumo Experience Excursion from Kyoto
    - Iaido Sword Experience Excursion from Kyoto
  • DAY 1

  • DAY 2

  • DAY 3

  • What's included

    - 2 nights hand picked accommodation in Japanese style on a twin share basis (Not all ryokan accept single travelers)
    - Enjoy delicious traditional cuisine of the Japanese countryside, with ingredients sourced from local and surrounding lush mountains. 2x breakfasts, 2x dinners
    - Train tickets from Kyoto Station to Nakatsugawa Station (reserved seats, ordinary class)
    - Tickets for local trains
    - Detailed itinerary and info pack
  • walk distance

    Day 1 Magome to Tsumago Walk
    Total Walking Distance: 8 km, approx. 3 hours

    Day 2 Tsumago to Nojiri Walk (Yokawa Forest Route )
    Total Walking Distance: Tsumago to Nojiri: approx. 18.4 km, approx. 6 hours. Elevation at 723 m.
    Easier walking option: walk from Nagiso to Nojiri, 15.3km, 4-5 hours, by using local bus to shorten walking distance.

    Day 3 Yabuhara to Narai Walk (Torii Pass)
    Total Walking Distance: 6.3 km, approx. 3.5 hours

  • Getting There

    - The departure point is Kyoto
    - The finishing point is Matsumoto or other cities
  • Weather and Climate

    Japan's weather and climate features four distinct seasons.

    Spring is from March to May. It's perhaps one of the very best times to visit Japan as temperatures are pleasantly warm without being too hot, with daytime temperatures ranging between 21°C to 26°C. The country is ablaze with beautiful white and pink cherry blossom and plenty festivals to enjoy.

    Summer is from June to August and the country experiences a three to four-week rainy season. It is hot and humid during this time and temperatures are often in the high 30’s. If you plan on visiting Japan during the summer weather, northern areas such as Hokkaido or the mountains of Tohoku or Chubu are the most comfortable places to escape the heat.

    Autumn is from September to November and is characterised by light breezes and cooler temperatures of around 8-10°C. It is also a wonderful time to visit Japan. The country turns into a haven of red and scarlet leaves which contrast strikingly against the deep blue clear skies and almost as impressive as the stunning cherry blossoms.

    Winter is from December to February. It is a magical time to visit as the landscape is turned white with snow. It's the perfect time to go skiing or check out the hot springs, especially venture to the ski slopes of Hokkaido or Nagano. It's Okinawa is a great place to visit during the winter as it is not quite as cold as the rest of Japan’s weather.
  • Other Information

    Onlyluxe Travel acts as travel agency and work with different tour operators.

    Payment Detail
    All pricing is in Australian dollars and are quoted on a per person twin share basis. A supplementary price is available (see below). Bookings are not confirmed until full payment and the signed Booking Form has been received by Onlyluxe Travel.

    A non-refundable 30% deposit is payable within 7 days of your booking, with the final balance due 60 days prior to departure. If a booking is made 60 days or less before departure, the full payment is payable immediately. Last minute bookings are payable before arrival. Failure to pay on time may result in automatic cancellation of a booking with cancellation penalties payable to Onlyluxe Travel. If you pay by credit card or PayPal a surcharge will be added to the total price.

    Single Supplement
    All accommodation is twin share. Single guests will share with someone of the same gender. If a single room is demanded, a supplementary price of will apply. The supplementary price refers to our quotation and needs to be stipulated at the time of booking.

    General Cancellation Policies
    - Outside of 60 days monies will be refunded less 30% of full fee
    - Within 60 days prior to arrival all monies will be forfeited
    - No refunds will be given in the event of non-arrival, any unused services or unused nights due to flight or weather disruption
    - We strongly recommend guests protect themselves with travel insurance and medical insurance

    Please Note: Cancellations must be advised in email and will take effect from the date they are received.

    The participant agrees to indemnify Onlyluxe Travel, and its servant, tour operator and agents, in relation to any liability, loss and damage which the tour operator, or its servants and/or agents may incur as a result of the participants, negligence or misconduct during the tour.

    Smoking is not permitted on the bus, or in tents or in other accommodation being used by tour operator at the time that a trip is being conducted.

    Child Policy
    Please consult travel consultant on age limit.

    Changes to Itineraries
    Local conditions may necessitate changes to sightseeing, walking and driving routes, camping and accommodation locations. While every effort will be made to provide the services and experiences as offered in our brochure, on our website, and in our trip letters, we reserve the right to vary your itinerary. In the event that we are forced to change your arrangements, substitute arrangements of a similar standard will be provided. The tour operator will not be liable where interruptions to itineraries are caused by weather conditions, technical problems to transport used by the tour operator, industrial action, political or civil commotion or other circumstances beyond our control. We refer you to the conditions regarding travel insurance.

    Changes in Prices
    While we will do its utmost to honour its pricing unforeseen circumstances may mean that prices may be subject to change without notice.

    Pre-Existing Medical Conditions and Age Limits
    You need to advise Onlyluxe travel and the tour operator on any pre-existing medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of your requiring medical attention, or that might affect the normal conduct of a trip and the enjoyment of other trip members. Onlyluxe Travel and the tour operator may require an assessment of your medical condition from a qualified medical practitioner. If you fail to adequately notify the tour operator of any pre-existing medical conditions and/or disability, the tour operator reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your participation in a trip at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other trip members.

    Cancellation by The Tour Operator
    The walks take place in very special wilderness settings. The tour operator is at the mercy of nature in all her beauty and all her fury. The tour operator will under no circumstance knowingly place at risk the health and well-being of our guests and guides. In the case of natural threats, acts of God and the like (e.g. bushfires, impassable snow, etc) the tour operator may need to cancel a walk with very little notice. In some cases, this can occur after the walk has commenced. The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any walk up to 60 days prior to departure if a minimum of 4 walkers are unable to meet for a tour. If the tour operator needs to cancel for any reason, the cost of the walk or any other costs associated with travel to the designated pick up point, overnight accommodation, meals, etc will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance be taken out prior to travel.

    Force Majeure
    'Force Majeure' means (without restriction) any event which Onlyluxe Travel or its third party providers could not, even with due care, foresee or avoid. Force Majeure covers events such as, but not limited to, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events beyond our control. In the case of Force Majeure Onlyluxe Travel will not accept liability, and reserves the right to change and cancel trips.

    In rare circumstances, due to injury or unforeseen illness, the tour operator may need to evacuate you from a remote part of the walk. Helicopter evacuations are expensive and in most cases will be at a cost to the customer.

    For Australian residents, under the Australian Government Medicare Act, it is prohibited for any domestic travel insurance product to provide any financial reimbursement with regard to ambulance or air ambulance services. We therefore strongly advise our customers to take specific ambulance cover through their health insurance provider. Evacuation cost will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore it is also strongly recommended that our customers take out travel insurance to cover (amongst other things) the costs associated with evacuation.

    Travel Insurance
    In view of the heavy cancellation penalties applied to cancelled reservations in certain circumstances, we strongly recommends suitable travel insurance be purchased at the time the holding deposit is paid. We recommend insurance cover that covers any loss which may be suffered due to cancellation. We also strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance against loss of baggage and medical expenses.
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