OVERVIEW

When the Tokugawa Shogunate came to power in Edo in 1603, they ordered the local daimyos (feudal warlords) to improve and maintain the roads in the regions they administered.

The Nakasendo Way, connecting Edo (Tokyo) and Kyoto, via a mountainous inland route, featured a network of 69 post towns spread along 540 km. The section through the Kiso Valley was known as the Kiso-ji or the Kiso Road. There were 11 post towns in the Kiso Valley. The 27 km section that connects the 4 southernmost towns (Magome, Tsumago, Midono [Nagiso], and Nojiri) has become a very popular hiking trail in recent years. On this walk, we have added the gorgeous walk up to the Kaido Plateau, in our estimation one of the best walks in the region.

The Kiso-ji is a hilly path of ancient stone pavements and dirt trails that will lead you through landscapes alive with seasonal flowers, clear-water creeks, and tall old forests. Countless daimyo processions including samurai, farmers, merchants, and others travelled along the road during the Edo Period of the 1600s and beyond.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NAKASENDO:

  • The itinerary allows you to walk the Nakasendo with options to shorten some days if you wish
  • Enjoy authentic Japanese dinners and breakfasts, served in elegant tatami mat settings, served at your traditional Japanese ryokan accommodations
  • Local 24/7 support on the ground for your safety
  • Walk pack free on well-graded ancient trails, with wondrous views, through old forest and bathe in onsens
  • Hike with a company that has nearly 30 years of experience providing self-guided walks
  • We’ve taken the time to walk the Nakasendo Trail multiple times to ensure our walkers have the best possible experience

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
7 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate

Grade 3 – Moderate

Short, steep hill sections. Moderate active lifestyle and some walking experience recommended.

PRICE FROM
$ 2595

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 195

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of the accommodation when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

Book now

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7

DAY 1
ARRIVE IN NAKATSUGAWA

Today is a travel day for you to make your way to the town of Nakatsugawa where the old post town (Nakatsugawa-juku) has been extensively restored. This is a great place to explore at leisure and includes a number of traditional shops (eg Japanese sweets, sake etc).

Meals included: Dinner
Accommodation: Nakatsugawa in traditional ryokan accommodation

DAY 2
Nakatsugawa to Tsumago

Take a gentle walk through the outskirts of Nakatasugawa to the small post town of Ochiai-juku. From here we head up into the hills along the famous “Ochiai-juku stone pavement” to arrive at Shinchaya. Then easier walking along quiet country roads to the beautifully restored post-town of Magome-juku. Take some time here and explore! Then continue along rugged tracks through the forest over Magometoge Pass and down into the post town of Tsumago-juku. This town has also been wonderfully restored.

Shorter options for today’s walk:
Walk from Nakatsugawa to Magome (approx. 9 km), then catch bus to Tsumago.
Catch bus from Nakatsugawa to Magome and start the walk from there to Tsumago. (approx. 8.5 km)

Total distance: 17 km
Approx. time: 4 ½ – 5 hr
Ascent: 846 m
Descent: 745 m
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Tsumago in traditional ryokan accommodation

DAY 3
NAGISO TO NOJIRI

Today you’ll be walking the main route of the Nakasendo between Nagiso (Midono-Juku) and Nojiri-juku lay along the Kiso River. However, this route was often blocked due to flooding and landslides. At such times, the alternative “Yogawa Route” over Nenouetoge Pass was used instead. This is the trail you will walk today. The Yogawa Route takes you across the hills and through mountain villages, visiting forests of tall cedars and striking deciduous trees. In autumn, this landscape is a blaze of colour.

Total distance: 16 km
Approx. time: 4 ½ – 5 ½ hr
Ascent: 1044 m
Descent: 925 m
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Kiso-Fukushima in traditional ryokan accommodation

DAY 4
KAIDA PLATEAU

We take a break from the Nakasendo Way today to explore the beautiful Kaida Kogen Plateau in hills north of Kiso-Fukushima. Head up into the hills via a quiet country road to visit the impressive Karasawa Waterfall. Continue along forest trails to Jizo Pass (1335 m) before a gentle descent to the Kaida Plateau. Enjoy easy walking through Kiso Horse Park following part of the old Hida Kaido Route. Either finish at the Tourist Information Centre nearby or continue via Shiroyama Observatory (1422 m) near Nishino Pass to finish your walk in the settlement of Nishino-Shimomukai.

Alternatively, if you want a quieter day, you might explore the town of Kiso-Fukushima itself. If you choose this option, there is a short walk to the Gongen Waterfall that starts on the far side of the Kiso River.

Total distance: 11 or 19 km
Approx. time: 5 – 6 hr
Ascent: 1782 m
Descent: 1466 m
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Kiso-Fukushima in traditional ryokan accommodation

DAY 5
YABUHARA TO NARAI VIA TORII PASS

A shorter walk today and our last outing in the beautiful Kiso Valley. From the post town of Yabuhara, follow the Nakasendo Way over the famous Torii Pass to the beautifully restored post town of Narai. To get to the start of the walk in Yabuhara, take the train from Kiso-Fukushima. At the end of the walk in Narai, take the train to Nagano, then transfer to the shinkansen to continue to Karuizawa for the night. Note that travel time from Narai to Karuizawa is approx. 2 ½ – 3 hr. You will need to factor this into your day.

Total distance: 7 km
Approx. time: 2 – 3 hr
Ascent: 507 m
Descent: 500 m
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Karuizawa in traditional ryokan accommodation

DAY 6
KARUIZAWA TO YOKOKAWA VIA USUI PASS

Now, far to the northeast of the Kiso Valley, we have one more opportunity to walk a section of the old Nakasendo Way. Today’s walk leaves Karuizawa on a delightful path that weaves its way up forested hillsides to Usui Pass. At the top of the pass, take in the grand mountain views from Miharashidai, enjoy a break at one of the teahouses nearby, or visit the Usui Pass Kumano Kotai Shrine. Note that there is a bus service between Karuizawa and Usui Pass. Beyond the pass, the gently undulating path leads over forested hills with an astounding display autumn colours in season, before a steep descent leads to Yokokawa. The last few km are gentle once more as you follow the historic rail trail that parallels the Old Usui Line. A spectacular finish to your Nakasendo walking holiday.

You have the option of finishing your walk at this point and making your way back to Tokyo. In this case please book the 6-day version of the Nakasendo Kaido Plateau trip. However, we recommend spending another night in a traditional ryokan in Karuizawa and finishing your holiday after breakfast tomorrow morning.

Total distance: 16.5 km
Approx. time: 4 – 5 hr
Ascent: 701 m
Descent: 1253 m
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Karuizawa in traditional ryokan accommodation or Tokyo

DAY 7
Onward travel day (if you have chosen to stay an extra night in Karuizawa)

Your holiday finishes after another traditional Japanese breakfast served in your ryokan. Then you’re ready to make your journey back to Tokyo.

Meals included: Breakfast

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • Explore the beautiful Kaida Kogen Plateau in hills north of Kiso-Fukushima
  • Walk pack free with luggage transfers from accommodation to accommodation
  • 6 nights stay in an intimate family-run or smallish traditional Japanese ryokan accommodation
  • Superb traditional multi-course meals for breakfast and dinner each day
  • Itineraries can be flexible to shorten the walking or slow the trip down by adding more rest days
  • Enjoy worry-free navigation with Auswalk’s authored comprehensive track notes and  maps
  • 24/7 support from our representatives on the ground

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

You will spend each night in a traditional Japanese ryokan style accommodation. These Japanese guesthouses come in a number of styles ranging from traditional wooden structures to more modern hybrid hotels.

Ryokans have Japanese style rooms with tatami mats, shoji sliding doors, and futons for sleeping on. Few Ryokan Hotels have rooms with actual beds. The rooms may or may not have ensuites, but prepared for a little luxury when it comes to the heated toilet seats. The bathing area is often the pride of the Ryokan, especially when they’re located in an onsen area. These are usually communal and separated by the 2 genders.

Meals are elaborate affairs from a western point of view served in a traditional dining area. A traditional Kaiseki set meal is what is usually offered. Sometimes there is the option of a buffet at the larger Ryokans.

GENERAL INFO

TRAVEL FROM TOKYO TO ENA

Take the Tokaido Line shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Nagoya. Approximately 1 ¾ hr travel time.

You can get tickets from the JR ticket window just before the shinkansen barrier gates. Even if you have a JR Rail Pass (which covers the cost of all JR line travel), you will need to show some sort of ticket to indicate your seat.

Tip 1 – Try to get a window seat on the right-hand side of the train for possible views of Mt Fuji on a clear day.

Tip 2 – if you have not invested in a JR Rail Pass (only available outside Japan), you can save some money by buying a Non-Reserved Seat on the shinkansen rather than a Reserved Seat. Price is approx. AUD $60 difference. Total cost for Non-Reserved Seat from Tokyo to Nagoya approx. AUD$140.

Then, take the JR Chuo Line (Rapid) from Nagoya to Ena. The Rapid service stops less often than the local service. Both are the same price and stop in Ena. The approximate travel time is 1 ¼ hr. The cost (if no JR Rail Pass) is approximately AUD$10.

DEPARTING FROM YOKOKAWA OR KARUIZAWA TO TOKYO

At the end of your holiday, you will have details for travelling back to Tokyo from either Yokokawa Train Station or Karuizawa.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

On this walk, you will need to catch some buses and have the option of catching them to shorten some walk days also. Most of these rides will be very short. You won’t be able to pre-book any of these rides but catching them on the day is a seamless process. These bus fares are at your own cost.

AVAILABILITY

Autumn and Spring are the best times to walk. Summer is Ok and it is possible to take a swim as you walk. Winter can be quite problematic but it is still possible. You will need snow gear and be warned some accommodations close down from late November to February.

WEATHER

From the end of  March, the temperature begins to increase. In summer it’s quite warm and humid but still good for walking,  particularly if you enjoy warmer temperatures and taking a dip in a stream.

The walk is offered in winter but bring some warm clothes and good rain gear.  The area is just as beautiful if not more and is not busy at all. Soaking in outside onsen in the cool of the night is one of those real authentic Japanese experiences that you can look forward to after a big day on the track.

As walkers, we believe spring and autumn to be the best time as the weather is perfect for walking.

See the weather information about the local average weather at different times of the year.

INSURANCE

We require that you purchase a travel insurance policy for travel overseas, as we charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it. It is also important in the event of an accident or loss of property.  See our  FAQ section for more information.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

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    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $195

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  • 1 Mar 2023 - 30 Nov 2023
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    $2655

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $195

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Overview

OVERVIEW

When the Tokugawa Shogunate came to power in Edo in 1603, they ordered the local daimyos (feudal warlords) to improve and maintain the roads in the regions they administered.

The Nakasendo Way, connecting Edo (Tokyo) and Kyoto, via a mountainous inland route, featured a network of 69 post towns spread along 540 km. The section through the Kiso Valley was known as the Kiso-ji or the Kiso Road. There were 11 post towns in the Kiso Valley. The 27 km section that connects the 4 southernmost towns (Magome, Tsumago, Midono [Nagiso], and Nojiri) has become a very popular hiking trail in recent years. On this walk, we have added the gorgeous walk up to the Kaido Plateau, in our estimation one of the best walks in the region.

The Kiso-ji is a hilly path of ancient stone pavements and dirt trails that will lead you through landscapes alive with seasonal flowers, clear-water creeks, and tall old forests. Countless daimyo processions including samurai, farmers, merchants, and others travelled along the road during the Edo Period of the 1600s and beyond.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NAKASENDO:

  • The itinerary allows you to walk the Nakasendo with options to shorten some days if you wish
  • Enjoy authentic Japanese dinners and breakfasts, served in elegant tatami mat settings, served at your traditional Japanese ryokan accommodations
  • Local 24/7 support on the ground for your safety
  • Walk pack free on well-graded ancient trails, with wondrous views, through old forest and bathe in onsens
  • Hike with a company that has nearly 30 years of experience providing self-guided walks
  • We’ve taken the time to walk the Nakasendo Trail multiple times to ensure our walkers have the best possible experience

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
7 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate

Grade 3 – Moderate

Short, steep hill sections. Moderate active lifestyle and some walking experience recommended.

PRICE FROM
$ 2595

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 195

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of the accommodation when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

Book now
Itinerary

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7

DAY 1
ARRIVE IN NAKATSUGAWA

Today is a travel day for you to make your way to the town of Nakatsugawa where the old post town (Nakatsugawa-juku) has been extensively restored. This is a great place to explore at leisure and includes a number of traditional shops (eg Japanese sweets, sake etc).

Meals included: Dinner
Accommodation: Nakatsugawa in traditional ryokan accommodation

DAY 2
Nakatsugawa to Tsumago

Take a gentle walk through the outskirts of Nakatasugawa to the small post town of Ochiai-juku. From here we head up into the hills along the famous “Ochiai-juku stone pavement” to arrive at Shinchaya. Then easier walking along quiet country roads to the beautifully restored post-town of Magome-juku. Take some time here and explore! Then continue along rugged tracks through the forest over Magometoge Pass and down into the post town of Tsumago-juku. This town has also been wonderfully restored.

Shorter options for today’s walk:
Walk from Nakatsugawa to Magome (approx. 9 km), then catch bus to Tsumago.
Catch bus from Nakatsugawa to Magome and start the walk from there to Tsumago. (approx. 8.5 km)

Total distance: 17 km
Approx. time: 4 ½ – 5 hr
Ascent: 846 m
Descent: 745 m
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Tsumago in traditional ryokan accommodation

DAY 3
NAGISO TO NOJIRI

Today you’ll be walking the main route of the Nakasendo between Nagiso (Midono-Juku) and Nojiri-juku lay along the Kiso River. However, this route was often blocked due to flooding and landslides. At such times, the alternative “Yogawa Route” over Nenouetoge Pass was used instead. This is the trail you will walk today. The Yogawa Route takes you across the hills and through mountain villages, visiting forests of tall cedars and striking deciduous trees. In autumn, this landscape is a blaze of colour.

Total distance: 16 km
Approx. time: 4 ½ – 5 ½ hr
Ascent: 1044 m
Descent: 925 m
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Kiso-Fukushima in traditional ryokan accommodation

DAY 4
KAIDA PLATEAU

We take a break from the Nakasendo Way today to explore the beautiful Kaida Kogen Plateau in hills north of Kiso-Fukushima. Head up into the hills via a quiet country road to visit the impressive Karasawa Waterfall. Continue along forest trails to Jizo Pass (1335 m) before a gentle descent to the Kaida Plateau. Enjoy easy walking through Kiso Horse Park following part of the old Hida Kaido Route. Either finish at the Tourist Information Centre nearby or continue via Shiroyama Observatory (1422 m) near Nishino Pass to finish your walk in the settlement of Nishino-Shimomukai.

Alternatively, if you want a quieter day, you might explore the town of Kiso-Fukushima itself. If you choose this option, there is a short walk to the Gongen Waterfall that starts on the far side of the Kiso River.

Total distance: 11 or 19 km
Approx. time: 5 – 6 hr
Ascent: 1782 m
Descent: 1466 m
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Kiso-Fukushima in traditional ryokan accommodation

DAY 5
YABUHARA TO NARAI VIA TORII PASS

A shorter walk today and our last outing in the beautiful Kiso Valley. From the post town of Yabuhara, follow the Nakasendo Way over the famous Torii Pass to the beautifully restored post town of Narai. To get to the start of the walk in Yabuhara, take the train from Kiso-Fukushima. At the end of the walk in Narai, take the train to Nagano, then transfer to the shinkansen to continue to Karuizawa for the night. Note that travel time from Narai to Karuizawa is approx. 2 ½ – 3 hr. You will need to factor this into your day.

Total distance: 7 km
Approx. time: 2 – 3 hr
Ascent: 507 m
Descent: 500 m
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Karuizawa in traditional ryokan accommodation

DAY 6
KARUIZAWA TO YOKOKAWA VIA USUI PASS

Now, far to the northeast of the Kiso Valley, we have one more opportunity to walk a section of the old Nakasendo Way. Today’s walk leaves Karuizawa on a delightful path that weaves its way up forested hillsides to Usui Pass. At the top of the pass, take in the grand mountain views from Miharashidai, enjoy a break at one of the teahouses nearby, or visit the Usui Pass Kumano Kotai Shrine. Note that there is a bus service between Karuizawa and Usui Pass. Beyond the pass, the gently undulating path leads over forested hills with an astounding display autumn colours in season, before a steep descent leads to Yokokawa. The last few km are gentle once more as you follow the historic rail trail that parallels the Old Usui Line. A spectacular finish to your Nakasendo walking holiday.

You have the option of finishing your walk at this point and making your way back to Tokyo. In this case please book the 6-day version of the Nakasendo Kaido Plateau trip. However, we recommend spending another night in a traditional ryokan in Karuizawa and finishing your holiday after breakfast tomorrow morning.

Total distance: 16.5 km
Approx. time: 4 – 5 hr
Ascent: 701 m
Descent: 1253 m
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Karuizawa in traditional ryokan accommodation or Tokyo

DAY 7
Onward travel day (if you have chosen to stay an extra night in Karuizawa)

Your holiday finishes after another traditional Japanese breakfast served in your ryokan. Then you’re ready to make your journey back to Tokyo.

Meals included: Breakfast

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • Explore the beautiful Kaida Kogen Plateau in hills north of Kiso-Fukushima
  • Walk pack free with luggage transfers from accommodation to accommodation
  • 6 nights stay in an intimate family-run or smallish traditional Japanese ryokan accommodation
  • Superb traditional multi-course meals for breakfast and dinner each day
  • Itineraries can be flexible to shorten the walking or slow the trip down by adding more rest days
  • Enjoy worry-free navigation with Auswalk’s authored comprehensive track notes and  maps
  • 24/7 support from our representatives on the ground
Accommodation & Dining

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

You will spend each night in a traditional Japanese ryokan style accommodation. These Japanese guesthouses come in a number of styles ranging from traditional wooden structures to more modern hybrid hotels.

Ryokans have Japanese style rooms with tatami mats, shoji sliding doors, and futons for sleeping on. Few Ryokan Hotels have rooms with actual beds. The rooms may or may not have ensuites, but prepared for a little luxury when it comes to the heated toilet seats. The bathing area is often the pride of the Ryokan, especially when they’re located in an onsen area. These are usually communal and separated by the 2 genders.

Meals are elaborate affairs from a western point of view served in a traditional dining area. A traditional Kaiseki set meal is what is usually offered. Sometimes there is the option of a buffet at the larger Ryokans.

General Info

GENERAL INFO

TRAVEL FROM TOKYO TO ENA

Take the Tokaido Line shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Nagoya. Approximately 1 ¾ hr travel time.

You can get tickets from the JR ticket window just before the shinkansen barrier gates. Even if you have a JR Rail Pass (which covers the cost of all JR line travel), you will need to show some sort of ticket to indicate your seat.

Tip 1 – Try to get a window seat on the right-hand side of the train for possible views of Mt Fuji on a clear day.

Tip 2 – if you have not invested in a JR Rail Pass (only available outside Japan), you can save some money by buying a Non-Reserved Seat on the shinkansen rather than a Reserved Seat. Price is approx. AUD $60 difference. Total cost for Non-Reserved Seat from Tokyo to Nagoya approx. AUD$140.

Then, take the JR Chuo Line (Rapid) from Nagoya to Ena. The Rapid service stops less often than the local service. Both are the same price and stop in Ena. The approximate travel time is 1 ¼ hr. The cost (if no JR Rail Pass) is approximately AUD$10.

DEPARTING FROM YOKOKAWA OR KARUIZAWA TO TOKYO

At the end of your holiday, you will have details for travelling back to Tokyo from either Yokokawa Train Station or Karuizawa.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

On this walk, you will need to catch some buses and have the option of catching them to shorten some walk days also. Most of these rides will be very short. You won’t be able to pre-book any of these rides but catching them on the day is a seamless process. These bus fares are at your own cost.

AVAILABILITY

Autumn and Spring are the best times to walk. Summer is Ok and it is possible to take a swim as you walk. Winter can be quite problematic but it is still possible. You will need snow gear and be warned some accommodations close down from late November to February.

WEATHER

From the end of  March, the temperature begins to increase. In summer it’s quite warm and humid but still good for walking,  particularly if you enjoy warmer temperatures and taking a dip in a stream.

The walk is offered in winter but bring some warm clothes and good rain gear.  The area is just as beautiful if not more and is not busy at all. Soaking in outside onsen in the cool of the night is one of those real authentic Japanese experiences that you can look forward to after a big day on the track.

As walkers, we believe spring and autumn to be the best time as the weather is perfect for walking.

See the weather information about the local average weather at different times of the year.

INSURANCE

We require that you purchase a travel insurance policy for travel overseas, as we charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it. It is also important in the event of an accident or loss of property.  See our  FAQ section for more information.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

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Departure Dates

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Mar 2022 - 30 Nov 2022
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $2595

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $195
  • 1 Mar 2023 - 30 Nov 2023
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $2655

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $195
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