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, if so please book the 7-day Nakasendo Uncovered walk. Alternatively, 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