OVERVIEW

The 500km long Nakasendo trail (literally meaning the “Middle Mountain Way”), has become one of Japan’s most famous hiking routes because of its breathtaking scenery. The walk makes its way over ancient paved paths, through well preserved authentic Japanese towns and via cypress and cedar forest and peaceful rural Japanese scenery. Shrines and waterfalls dot the landscape as you make your way through the Kiso Valley that’s wedged between the sacred mountain of Mount Ontake and Mount Komagatake.

The walk was developed in the Edo period (1603-1868) and was used by feudal lords, samurai and merchants to provide access between Kyoto and Edo (now Tokyo). There are 69 ‘post towns’ or resting places en route (ae stay in the most beautiful of the post towns), where you can stay in traditional ryokan inns and bathe in hot springs. Importantly, the itinerary allows you to walk the Nakasendo with options to shorten some days if you wish

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NAKASENDO:

  • 7 nights accommodation in intimate mostly family-owned Ryokans, Japanese guesthouses or inns
  • Daily Japanese breakfasts and dinners with an emphasis on real Japanese food served in elegant tatami mat settings,
  • Enjoy worry free navigation with Auswalk’s comprehensive walk notes  with 24/7 support from our representatives on the ground
  • Relax and walk pack free from accommodation to accommodation
  • Walk pack free on well-graded ancient trails, with superb views, through endemic Japanese forest and bathe in onsens
  • Walk 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
8 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate

Grade 3 – Moderate

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

PRICE FROM
$ 2955

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 255

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

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ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8

DAY 1
Arrive in Ena

Ena (formerly known as Oi-juku) was one of the post towns of the Nakasendo Way. Oi-juku was the 46th station from Tokyo. In 1834, there were still 41 guesthouses here. Visit the Hiroshige Museum a great regional museum with a focus on Japanese wood block prints, especially scenes from the Nakasendo Way, by Hiroshige Utagawa and other artists inspired by their travels through the Kiso Valley.

Meals included: Dinner
Accommodation: Ena in traditional ryokan accommodation

DAY 2
ENA TO NAKATSUGAWA

We start this expedition with what looks like an easy day. Walk through small towns and passing rice paddies and Japanese gardens along the way, soaking up Japanese culture as you go.  Once you get to Nakatsugawa, post town number 45, there is the opportunity to explore the old town, its traditional buildings and or the Naegi Castle ruins which will add a fair few kilometres to the walking day. There are a number of traditional shops for example  Japanese sweets or sake shops where you can consume the produce.

Total distance: 12.5 km
Approx. time: 3 ½ – 4 hr
Ascent: 271 m
Descent: 241 m
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Nakatsugawa in traditional ryokan accommodation

DAY 3
Nakatsugawa to Tsumago

From Nakatsugawa as you walk out of town you pass a set of iconic Japanese red torii gates that you will also find on the Kumano Kodo. There a little bit of elevation and descent today on the Nakasendo trail, particularly before Ochiai. But it’s worth it having walked over the ancient cobblestone path and then arriving at the stunning little town of  Magome   As Magome, number 43 of the 69 post towns is said to be one of the major highlights of the Nakasendo Way. The kosatsuba (an official proclamation board) at the entrance interestingly articulates the Japanese’s attitude long ago that “No Christianity can be practised”. There is time to take a stroll and explore the many beautiful small shops in the main street.

From Magome the Nakasendo Way begins to climb up to the Magome Pass at 800m above sea level. The trail makes its way via woodland and not far from the Odaki-Medaki waterfalls, past rice paddies and through the old village of O-tsumago. The walk ends at the gorgeous village of Tsumago with its long rows of traditional Japanese wooden houses, town number 42 of the 69 post towns.

Total distance: 17 km or 9km
Approx. time: 4 ½ – 6 hr
Ascent: 846 m
Descent: 745 m
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Tsumago in traditional ryokan accommodation

DAY 4
NAGISO TO NOJIRI

From Tsumago Todays walk is more about the outstanding nature and enjoying the stunning Japanese landscape. Expect to walk along trails that follow running streams and via dense forest. Walk through small villages and enjoy the Japanese cultural experience and the friendly locals.

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 5
KAIDA PLATEAU

We believe today’s walk is one of the best on the whole trip and is not to be missed. We take a break from the Nakasendo Way today to explore the beautiful Kaida Kogen Plateau in the hills north of Kiso-Fukushima. Head up into the hills via a quiet country road to visit the impressive Karasawa Waterfall. Continue along the forest trails to Jizo Pass (1335m) 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 (total distance approx. 11kms) or continue via the Shiroyama Observatory (1422m) near Nishino Pass to finish your walk in the settlement of Nishino-Shimomukai (total distance approx. 19kms).

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

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 6
YABUHARA TO NARAI VIA TORII PASS

Today’s shorter walk is your 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.

Total Distance: 7km

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

DAY 7
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, 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

DAY 8
ONWARD TRAVEL DAY

 

You have the option of finishing this walk the day before and making your way back to Tokyo on the train. We highly recommend finishing the walk with a relaxing stay in a fantastic Ryokan and waking up refreshed ready to take on the travel back to Tokyo. This is the day that is not included on the 7 day Nakasendo Uncovered version.

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
  • 7 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

One of the highlights of this trip is staying each night in an excellent Ryokan or Minshuku.

Ryokans are what we would call a guesthouse and they are often quite different both in style and size.The rooms are in a Japanese style with tatami mats, shoji sliding doors, and futons for sleeping on. The larger Ryokan style hotels rooms may have actual beds but not always. Note that the rooms may or may not have ensuites.

The Onsen or bathing area is central to the experience of staying at Ryokan. The Onsens are usually communal and separated by genders.

The Japanese dinners and breakfast are much more elaborate affairs then what we are used to in the west. Almost always a traditional Kaiseki set meal is offered. There are options of eating from a buffet at the larger Ryokans.

A Minshuka is a family-run accommodation are more like a bed and breakfast with just say 2 to 4 rooms. The are very common in rural Japan and only usually frequented by Japanese people. The advantage of staying at a Minshuku is that you get to meet the local people and enjoy the Japanese culture at a much deeper level. The atmosphere at a Minshuka is more like that of staying in someone’s home with traditional meals served in a more intimate fashion. You will need to know that baths and toilets are often shared.

 

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.

On arrival in Nagoya, take the JR Chuo Line (Rapid) from Nagoya to Ena. The Rapid service stops less often than the Local service. Both are of the same price and stop in Ena. Approx. travel time 1 ¼ hr. Cost (if no JR Rail Pass) approx. AUD$10.

See Japan Rail Map for additional details.

The free “Japan Direct” rail app is very useful. Enter your station of origin and destination and all services, travel times, and costs are displayed. There is also an option to select for routes when travelling “with Japan Rail Pass”, too.

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. 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

We can offer this walk all year round but it can get quite cold in the depths of winter through late November to February. Snow gear will be necessary and there may be a problem trying to get accommodation.

WEATHER

From the end of  March, the temperature increases to make it a very pleasant time to walk. In summer it’s quite warm and humid in Japan but still good for taking on the trail. There is also more of an opportunity to take a swim in a stream. Autumn is said to be a very good time to walk the trail

The walk is offered in winter but not recommended as many of the accommodations close and it may snow. If you do walk at this time you will need proper winter walking gear.

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

At Auswalk we do 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, or if you have specific track-related questions if we cant answer it, we can also ask our staff who have walked the track. 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

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    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Mar 2022 - 30 Nov 2022
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    $2955

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $255

    Please ring office before booking

  • 1 Mar 2023 - 30 Nov 2023
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2695

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $195

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Overview

OVERVIEW

The 500km long Nakasendo trail (literally meaning the “Middle Mountain Way”), has become one of Japan’s most famous hiking routes because of its breathtaking scenery. The walk makes its way over ancient paved paths, through well preserved authentic Japanese towns and via cypress and cedar forest and peaceful rural Japanese scenery. Shrines and waterfalls dot the landscape as you make your way through the Kiso Valley that’s wedged between the sacred mountain of Mount Ontake and Mount Komagatake.

The walk was developed in the Edo period (1603-1868) and was used by feudal lords, samurai and merchants to provide access between Kyoto and Edo (now Tokyo). There are 69 ‘post towns’ or resting places en route (ae stay in the most beautiful of the post towns), where you can stay in traditional ryokan inns and bathe in hot springs. Importantly, the itinerary allows you to walk the Nakasendo with options to shorten some days if you wish

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NAKASENDO:

  • 7 nights accommodation in intimate mostly family-owned Ryokans, Japanese guesthouses or inns
  • Daily Japanese breakfasts and dinners with an emphasis on real Japanese food served in elegant tatami mat settings,
  • Enjoy worry free navigation with Auswalk’s comprehensive walk notes  with 24/7 support from our representatives on the ground
  • Relax and walk pack free from accommodation to accommodation
  • Walk pack free on well-graded ancient trails, with superb views, through endemic Japanese forest and bathe in onsens
  • Walk 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
8 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate

Grade 3 – Moderate

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

PRICE FROM
$ 2955

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 255

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 8

DAY 1
Arrive in Ena

Ena (formerly known as Oi-juku) was one of the post towns of the Nakasendo Way. Oi-juku was the 46th station from Tokyo. In 1834, there were still 41 guesthouses here. Visit the Hiroshige Museum a great regional museum with a focus on Japanese wood block prints, especially scenes from the Nakasendo Way, by Hiroshige Utagawa and other artists inspired by their travels through the Kiso Valley.

Meals included: Dinner
Accommodation: Ena in traditional ryokan accommodation

DAY 2
ENA TO NAKATSUGAWA

We start this expedition with what looks like an easy day. Walk through small towns and passing rice paddies and Japanese gardens along the way, soaking up Japanese culture as you go.  Once you get to Nakatsugawa, post town number 45, there is the opportunity to explore the old town, its traditional buildings and or the Naegi Castle ruins which will add a fair few kilometres to the walking day. There are a number of traditional shops for example  Japanese sweets or sake shops where you can consume the produce.

Total distance: 12.5 km
Approx. time: 3 ½ – 4 hr
Ascent: 271 m
Descent: 241 m
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Nakatsugawa in traditional ryokan accommodation

DAY 3
Nakatsugawa to Tsumago

From Nakatsugawa as you walk out of town you pass a set of iconic Japanese red torii gates that you will also find on the Kumano Kodo. There a little bit of elevation and descent today on the Nakasendo trail, particularly before Ochiai. But it’s worth it having walked over the ancient cobblestone path and then arriving at the stunning little town of  Magome   As Magome, number 43 of the 69 post towns is said to be one of the major highlights of the Nakasendo Way. The kosatsuba (an official proclamation board) at the entrance interestingly articulates the Japanese’s attitude long ago that “No Christianity can be practised”. There is time to take a stroll and explore the many beautiful small shops in the main street.

From Magome the Nakasendo Way begins to climb up to the Magome Pass at 800m above sea level. The trail makes its way via woodland and not far from the Odaki-Medaki waterfalls, past rice paddies and through the old village of O-tsumago. The walk ends at the gorgeous village of Tsumago with its long rows of traditional Japanese wooden houses, town number 42 of the 69 post towns.

Total distance: 17 km or 9km
Approx. time: 4 ½ – 6 hr
Ascent: 846 m
Descent: 745 m
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Tsumago in traditional ryokan accommodation

DAY 4
NAGISO TO NOJIRI

From Tsumago Todays walk is more about the outstanding nature and enjoying the stunning Japanese landscape. Expect to walk along trails that follow running streams and via dense forest. Walk through small villages and enjoy the Japanese cultural experience and the friendly locals.

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 5
KAIDA PLATEAU

We believe today’s walk is one of the best on the whole trip and is not to be missed. We take a break from the Nakasendo Way today to explore the beautiful Kaida Kogen Plateau in the hills north of Kiso-Fukushima. Head up into the hills via a quiet country road to visit the impressive Karasawa Waterfall. Continue along the forest trails to Jizo Pass (1335m) 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 (total distance approx. 11kms) or continue via the Shiroyama Observatory (1422m) near Nishino Pass to finish your walk in the settlement of Nishino-Shimomukai (total distance approx. 19kms).

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

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 6
YABUHARA TO NARAI VIA TORII PASS

Today’s shorter walk is your 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.

Total Distance: 7km

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

DAY 7
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, 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

DAY 8
ONWARD TRAVEL DAY

 

You have the option of finishing this walk the day before and making your way back to Tokyo on the train. We highly recommend finishing the walk with a relaxing stay in a fantastic Ryokan and waking up refreshed ready to take on the travel back to Tokyo. This is the day that is not included on the 7 day Nakasendo Uncovered version.

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
  • 7 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

One of the highlights of this trip is staying each night in an excellent Ryokan or Minshuku.

Ryokans are what we would call a guesthouse and they are often quite different both in style and size.The rooms are in a Japanese style with tatami mats, shoji sliding doors, and futons for sleeping on. The larger Ryokan style hotels rooms may have actual beds but not always. Note that the rooms may or may not have ensuites.

The Onsen or bathing area is central to the experience of staying at Ryokan. The Onsens are usually communal and separated by genders.

The Japanese dinners and breakfast are much more elaborate affairs then what we are used to in the west. Almost always a traditional Kaiseki set meal is offered. There are options of eating from a buffet at the larger Ryokans.

A Minshuka is a family-run accommodation are more like a bed and breakfast with just say 2 to 4 rooms. The are very common in rural Japan and only usually frequented by Japanese people. The advantage of staying at a Minshuku is that you get to meet the local people and enjoy the Japanese culture at a much deeper level. The atmosphere at a Minshuka is more like that of staying in someone’s home with traditional meals served in a more intimate fashion. You will need to know that baths and toilets are often shared.

 

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.

On arrival in Nagoya, take the JR Chuo Line (Rapid) from Nagoya to Ena. The Rapid service stops less often than the Local service. Both are of the same price and stop in Ena. Approx. travel time 1 ¼ hr. Cost (if no JR Rail Pass) approx. AUD$10.

See Japan Rail Map for additional details.

The free “Japan Direct” rail app is very useful. Enter your station of origin and destination and all services, travel times, and costs are displayed. There is also an option to select for routes when travelling “with Japan Rail Pass”, too.

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. 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

We can offer this walk all year round but it can get quite cold in the depths of winter through late November to February. Snow gear will be necessary and there may be a problem trying to get accommodation.

WEATHER

From the end of  March, the temperature increases to make it a very pleasant time to walk. In summer it’s quite warm and humid in Japan but still good for taking on the trail. There is also more of an opportunity to take a swim in a stream. Autumn is said to be a very good time to walk the trail

The walk is offered in winter but not recommended as many of the accommodations close and it may snow. If you do walk at this time you will need proper winter walking gear.

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

At Auswalk we do 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, or if you have specific track-related questions if we cant answer it, we can also ask our staff who have walked the track. 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

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  • 1 Mar 2022 - 30 Nov 2022
    AVAILABLE
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    $2955

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $255
  • 1 Mar 2023 - 30 Nov 2023
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    from

    $2695

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $195
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