Step back in time as you trek along village paths and the forested Nakasendo trail getting a unique taste of Japan at your own pace. Be welcomed at night at the best Japanese inns/ryokans along the route showcasing the traditional Japanese service and hospitality. Soak up the Kiso Valley's beautiful nature, discover the fascinating history of local Samurai connections and post towns, and indulge in the region's culinary delights and sake tasting experience. Visit the world-famous Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and explore Zenko-ji, one of Japan's oldest and most important Buddhist temples. Spend a night at the finest ‘ryokan' favorited by the Japanese Imperial Family.
Starting from Kyoto (or Tokyo), 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.
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 also includes entry tickets to three beautiful sights in Kiso-Fukushima, including:
- Yamamura Residence, former home of the Owari clan's leader Yamamura and overseer of the Kiso-Fukushima area,
- Ko zenji Temple, home to Asia’s largest dry rock garden,
- Fukushima Sekisho-Ato, a 270 year-old immigration office.
Walk the original Nakasendo route by day, and stay at handpicked Japanese inn/ryokan by night including one night at Tobira Onsen Myojinkan, a member of Relais & Châteaux, offering superb rooms and suites, sophisticated Kaiseki-style food as well as organic French cuisine. All rooms have an ensuite.
After the walk, led by a guide, you'll visit the world-famous Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and observe the hot spring-bathing monkeys at close proximity. Explore Zenko-ji, one of Japan’s oldest and most important Buddhist temples and experience Nagano's renowned food culture and ‘sake' with a tasting. Spend the last night at Hotel Senjukaku, one of the most traditional guesthouses in the region and a favorite with the Japanese Imperial Family.
The package includes 4 nights accommodation, meals as mentioned in the itinerary, train tickets, PASMO transport card, entry fee as well as customised travel document. Please see "What's Included' section for the details.
Walk the Nakasendo in style and walk into the heart of old Japan.
Departs daily year round on request.
The itinerary departs from Kyoto and finishes in Matsumoto. Departing from Tokyo can also be arranged. We can customise the itinerary to suit your travel needs.
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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.
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