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2-DAY FROM/TO NAGANO: HISTORIC NAKASENDO WALKING TOUR

2-DAY FROM/TO NAGANO: HISTORIC NAKASENDO WALKING TOUR

Period

Mon & Thu / Apr - Nov

Time

(Day 1) 08:30 - (Day 2) 19:30

Meeting Place

JR Nagano Station Information Board

Price

Adult (13+) 68,000 JPY
Child (6-12) 55,000 JPY

Highlights

  •  Hike along the historic ‘Nakasendo Trail’ – the Edo Period trade route which once connected Kyoto to Tokyo – through the beautiful Kiso Valley
  •  Explore three of the Nakasendo’s best preserved post towns – Narai, Magome, and Tsumago – each renowned for their historic state of preservation
  •  Spend a night at a traditional inn in Magome, including dinner and breakfast service
  •  Discover the Japan of your imagination as you retrace the footsteps of merchants, warriors, and pilgrims who once walked the same path.

 

Description

 

Situated in central Japan between the popular destinations of Tokyo and Kyoto, the mountainous of region of Nagano is the literal heart of Japan and a road less traveled by many international visitors. Beginning and ending in Nagano, this 2-day tour transports you back in time to the historic Nakasendo Trail to hike between the post towns of Narai and Yabuhara (Day 1) and Magome and Tsumago (Day 2). Including accommodation in Magome, lunch on both days, and an English-speaking guide, this 2-day tour takes you off the beaten path and along one of ancient trade roads of Japan, deep into the heart of this fascinating country and culture.

 

Day 1

 

Your English-speaking guide will meet you at JR Nagano Station at 08:30 (the guide will be waiting from 08:20 onward) and have you onboard the tour bus as quickly as possible to begin your journey south, toward the beautiful Kiso Valley. This region is known for its lush, unspoiled beauty and as you travel deeper into the valley, anticipation builds for your arrival at one of the most famous post towns on the Nakasendo Trail – Narai.

 

Known as ‘Narai Senken’ or ‘Narai of a Thousand Houses’, this beautifully preserved town marked the midpoint of Nakasendo – the thirty-fourth of sixty-nine stations which monitored, controlled, and taxed traffic along the road. Today the remaining historic town runs approximately 1km in length and is 200 meters wide, home to numerous shops, restaurants, traditional accommodation and peoples’ homes.

 

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The perfect point from which to start your Nakasendo exploration – and a world away from the neon and buzz of the coastal cities – your guide will give you time to explore before taking you for lunch at a nearby restaurant.

 

At approximately 13:00 it’s time to start walking. The first day’s walk takes you from Narai through a forested hinterland and onto the quaint mountain town of Yabuhara. Your guide will make sure you’re well prepared for the walk and ensure you move at a comfortable pace with plenty of time to discuss and enjoy interesting points along the way. Taking most people 1.5 hours to walk, this section of the trail includes some steeper climbs making it one of the least travelled sections of the trail. Moving through well-forested areas remains pleasant as you head toward the Torii-Touge Pass (marked by a Shinto gate), with natural springs providing a refreshing break along the way.

 

You’ll soon be descending into Yabuhara where your guide will give you time for a well-deserved rest and chance to enjoy this pleasant little town. Boarding the tour bus you’ll then be transported directly to the next postal town, Magome.

 

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Arriving around 17:30, Magome will lay quiet with shops, museums, and restaurants having closed for the day. Your guide will accompany to your accommodation before wishing you good evening. The night is yours to relax and unwind at the guesthouse including their in-house dinner service.

 

Day 2

 

The second day begins with breakfast at your guesthouse before meeting-up with your guide around 9:30. You’ll have time to explore the town which has been extensively restored including a broad stone walkway lined by museums, traditional stores, and restaurants interspersed with regular homes. Around 10:30 you’ll start the second days walking, a longer but more gentle 8.4km trail to Tsumago.

 

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This approximate 2.5 hour walk takes you through an undulating landscape of rice paddies, farm fields, streams, forests and even some waterfalls. Your guide will lead you at a comfortable pace including a longer break around the halfway point to rest your feet and soak in your surroundings. This section of the Nakasendo Trail is particularly well-preserved and walking the same path as those hundreds of years before, gives you a unique appreciation of the journeys and lives of the Japan of old.

 

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As the forest thins and the landscape opens up, you will arrive in Tsumago – the 42nd post town and your final destination. Your guide will first take you for a well-deserved lunch followed by time to explore perhaps the best preserved and enchanting of the post towns for yourself.

 

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At 16:00 you’ll meetup with your guide and board the tour bus to begin the journey back to Nagano. Stopping along the way to breakup the journey, you’ll be transported directly to JR Nagano Station, where the tour is scheduled to conclude by 19:30.

 

ITINERARY

Day1 08:30 Meetup with your guide at JR Nagano Station (the guide will be waiting from 08:20) and be transported toward the Kiso Valley.
10:30 Arrive at Narai and enjoy 1.5 hours exploration before having lunch at a local restaurant around 12:00.
13:00 Begin your guided walk toward Yabuhara stopping at interesting points along the way before arriving in the quaint mountain town around 15:00.
16:00 Board the tour bus and relax as you are transported toward Magome.
17:30 Arrive at your guesthouse in Magome, where your guide will say good evening and leave you to enjoy the night for yourself.
Day2 09:30 Meetup with your guide and explore Magome before starting the second days walking to Tsumago at 10:30.
13:30 Arrive at Tsumago and enjoy a well-earned lunch at a local restaurant before explore Nakasendo's best preserved post town.
16:00 Meetup with your guide and board the tour bus to begin your journey back toward Nagano (including a stop along the way)
19:30 Arrive at JR Nagano Station where the tour concudes.

NOTES

Included:

  • Transportation fee from Nagano to the Kiso Valley and between activities/attractions
  • Lunches on Day 1 & Day 2
  • Accommoation on Day 1 including dinner and breakfast
  • English-speaking guide

Excluded:

  • Additional food, snacks and drinks
  • Bullet train tickets

Other Information:

  • Please wear suitable shoes/boots and clothing for hiking through varying terrain. The trail is well-maintained and paved in some areas with other sections being more challenging. The trail is undulating with some steeper climbs however it is suitable for anyone of reasonable fitness.
  • Please be prepared for changing weather conditions including rain (anytime of year but especially in June and July) and hot, humid condition from late-June until September. Kiso Valley is a mountainous region therefore weather can change quickly.
  • Accommodation is at a traditional guesthouse including futon bedding (on the floor) and shared bathrooms, typical of a traditional Japanese inn.

MEETING PLACE

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JR Nagano Station Information Board

Kurita, Nagano-shi, Nagano, 380-0921, Japan

FAQ

What time of the bullet train should I ride to arrive in Nagano on time? What time does the bullet train depart back to Tokyo after the tour?

 

The start and finish of the tour are arranged according to the bullet train (called Hokuriku Shinkansen) timetable. See below for specific timetables on the bullet train departure and arrival times to/from Nagano Station.

 

Departing Tokyo Station – Arriving Nagano Station:

 

Tokyo: 06:16 – Nagano: 07:38 – Kagayaki (Reservation only)

Tokyo: 06:28 – Nagano: 08:06 – Hakutaka

Tokyo: 06:44 – Nagano: 08:26 – Hakutaka*

 

* You can still take 06:44- 08:26 train since JR Nagano Station isn’t big at all and there is only one Shinkansen ticket exit. The tour meet-up is just after the Shinkansen ticket exit so please come straight up to there.

RESERVATION
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