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Nakasendo Trail - Kyoto to Tokyo

From $4,975.00
10 Days & 9 Nights
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Nakasendo Trail - Kyoto to Tokyo

  • Kyoto, the heart of Japan’s traditional culture.
  • The beautifully preserved Nakasendo post towns such as Tsumago & Narai.
  • Walking through the beautiful Kiso Valley on the Nakasendo Trail.
  • Following in the footsteps of the Tokugawa Shoguns on the road through the mountains.
  • Staying in small beautiful traditional ryokan and minshuku.
  • Sumptuous evening meals beautifully presented at the family table.
  • Discovering the beauty, tradition and hospitality of rural Japan
  • Feeding off the manic energy of Tokyo.
Walk the Nakasendo Way through rural Japan from Kyoto to Tokyo. A route used since feudal times the Nakasendo Trail, one of a network of ancient highways, linked Kyoto and Tokyo through the central mountains. Travellers would rest each night at juku - post towns - and today it is still possible to walk the route and stay in small local minshuku - guest houses - by night. Following ancient paved village paths and mountain trails, you walk between perfectly preserved Nakasendo post towns such as Tsumago, Nojiri, Yabuhara and Hirasawa. Each night you will stay in small local minshuku where you will be welcomed as one of the family. Impeccable service, beautiful rooms and delicious food are the hallmarks of these charming establishments, which will no doubt be a highlight of your trip. Your walk ends in Yokokawa where you catch the train to Tokyo for your final two nights.


Day 1 Arrive Kyoto Day 2 Guided tour in Kyoto Day 3 Sightseeing in Kyoto Day 4 Nakasendo Trail - Transfer to Magome and walk to Tsumago 5.2 miles / 8.2 km Day 5 Nakasendo Trail - Tsumago to Nojiri. Train to Kiso-Fukushima 11.4 miles / 18.2 km Day 6 Nakasendo Trail – Train to Yabuhara, walk to Kiso Hirasawa. Train to Matsumoto 5.5 miles / 9 km Day 7 Sightseeing in Matsumoto, transfer to Karuizawa Day 8 Nakasendo Trail - Karuizawa to Yokokawa. Train to Tokyo 10.6 miles / 16.7 km Day 9 Tokyo Sightseeing Day 10 Onward Travel

This trip has a carbon score of 15kg per person per night, meaning it’s one of our best trips! For comparison, a carbon count of 15kg is equivalent to 88.5 candy bars. Here at Macs, we pride ourselves on being a responsible travel company and continue to adopt, develop and innovate ways to positively impact the environment. Find out more information about how we've carbon counted our trips.


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