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The Nakasendo Trail


from £2,120 pp

(ex international flights)


10 days

This 10 day itinerary incorporates a stunning 5-day walking tour of the medieval Nakasendo Trail, during which you'll stop at Edo-period villages and stay in traditional ryokans along the way. The tour is book-ended by visits to the glittering cities of Tokyo and Kyoto, resulting in a fascinating trip which perfectly blends Japan's modern highlights and historic treasures.

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Osaka, Kyoto

Day 1 - Osaka, Kyoto

  • Welcome to your self-guided walking tour of the Nakasendo Trail (with pre-booked travel)
  • Arrival transfer from Kansai International Airport to Kyoto - by shared vehicle
  • Welcome to Kyoto

Day 2 - Kyoto

  • Explore Kyoto with a private guide

Day 3 - Kyoto

  • At leisure in Kyoto
Tsumago, Magome

Day 4 - Tsumago, Magome

  • Travel from Kyoto to Magome by bullet train, train, and local bus (Self-guided) (P2P)
  • Luggage Transfer: organised walking tours
  • Begin your 3-day hike of the Nakasendo Trail (Self-guided)
  • Hike the Nakasendo Trail - Magome to Tsumago
Tsumago, Kiso-Fukushima

Day 5 - Tsumago, Kiso-Fukushima

  • Hike the Nakasendo Trail - Tsumago to Nagiso and Nojiri (Self-guided)
  • Travel from Nojiri to Kiso-Fukushima by train (Self-guided) (P2P)
Yabuhara, Narai

Day 6 - Yabuhara, Narai

  • Travel from Kiso-Fukushima to Yabuhara by train (Self-guided) (P2P)
  • Hike the Nakasendo Trail - Yabuhara to Narai (Self-guided)
Narai, Matsumoto, Karuizawa

Day 7 - Narai, Matsumoto, Karuizawa

  • Hike the Nakasendo Trail - Narai to Kiso-Hirasawa (Self-guided)
  • Travel from Kiso-Harasawa to Matsumoto by train (Self-guided) (P2P)
  • Visit Matsumoto Castle (Self-guided)
  • Travel from Matsumoto to Karuizawa by train (Self-guided) (P2P)
Karuizawa, Tokyo

Day 8 - Karuizawa, Tokyo

  • Hike the Nakasendo Trail - Karuizawa to Yokokawa (Self-guided)
  • Travel from Yokokawa to Tokyo by train and then bullet train (Self-guided) (P2P)

Day 9 - Tokyo

  • Welcome to Tokyo
  • A day at leisure in Tokyo

Day 10

  • Departure transfer from Tokyo to Narita Airport - by public transport