Nakasendo Packages

Nakasendo Packages

(subject to change until the booking has been finalized)

Day 1 Hike from Magome to Tsumago

We supply train tickets for your journey from Kyoto or from Tokyo to Nakatsugawa, including a ride on the world-famous Shinkansen (Bullet Train) to Nagoya. At Nakatsugawa, you board a local bus for the short journey to Magome. Walk over Magome Pass to Tsumago, one of the best-preserved and most evocative of the Nakasendo post towns. Spend the night at a family-run Minshuku in Tsumago or the nearby hamlet of O-Tsumago, with a delicious home-cooked Japanese dinner and breakfast included. After dinner, enjoy a stroll through the village streets in the magical quiet of the evening, wearing the yukata gown supplied by your inn.

Walking distance: 8.3km
Elevation gain: 326m of ascent and 430m of descent
Time required: About 3 hours
Accommodation: Minshuku (Family-run Guesthouse)
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 Hike from Tsumago to Nojiri

The longest day on the trail is a beautiful and varied hike from Tsumago to Nojiri. Or choose the shorter alternative to Nagiso instead. The trail travels through small valleys and past forests of bamboo and Japanese cedar, through some of the least-developed scenery on the tour. Continue by train to Kiso-Fukushima. Stay at a lovely hot spring Ryokan set in a peaceful valley above the town. Complimentary transfer from the station is provided by the Ryokan). The Ryokan has lovely indoor and outdoor hot-spring baths.

Walking distance: 18.4km
Elevation gain: 723m of ascent and 644m of descent
Time required: About 6 hours
Note: we offer a shorter alternative of 1 hour (3.7km). You can choose which option you prefer on the day (no need to decide in advance!)
Accommodation: Onsen Ryokan (Hot Spring Travellers Inn)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 Hike from Yabuhara to Narai

The Ryokan will drive you back to Kiso-Fukushima after breakfast. We supply train tickets for the short journey from Kiso-Fukushima to Yabuhara, starting point for the hike over the Torii pass to Narai. Explore this atmospheric village before boarding your train for the journey onwards to Kyoto or to Tokyo, arriving late afternoon.

Walking distance: 6.2km
Elevation gain: 344m t of ascent and 270m of descent
Time required: About 3 hours
Note: in Kiso-Fukushima we offer an optional, fairly strenuous, circular walk to a local waterfall. The circular walk is 7km with 632mof ascent, 637m of descent and takes 2-3 hours. You can take this walk in the morning, before heading onwards to Yabuhara.
Meals: Breakfast

(subject to change until the booking has been finalized)

Day 1 Hike from Magome to Tsumago

We supply train tickets for your journey from Kyoto or from Tokyo to Nakatsugawa, including a ride on the world-famous Shinkansen (Bullet Train) to Nagoya. At Nakatsugawa, you board a local bus for the short journey to Magome. Walk over Magome Pass to Tsumago, one of the best preserved and most evocative of the Nakasendo post towns. Spend the night at a family-run Minshuku in Tsumago or the nearby hamlet of O-Tsumago, with a delicious home-cooked Japanese dinner and breakfast included. After dinner, enjoy a stroll through the village streets in the magical quiet of the evening, wearing the yukata gown supplied by your inn.

Walking distance: 8.3km
Elevation gain: 326m of ascent and 430m of descent
Time required: About 3 hours
Accommodation: Minshuku (Family-run Guesthouse)
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 Hike from Tsumago to Nojiri

The longest day on the trail is a beautiful and varied hike from Tsumago to Nojiri. Or choose the shorter alternative to Nagiso instead. The trail travels through small valleys and past forests of bamboo and Japanese cedar, through some of the least-developed scenery on the tour. Continue by train to Kiso-Fukushima. Stay at a lovely hot spring Ryokan set in a peaceful valley above the town. Complimentary transfer from the station is provided by the Ryokan). The Ryokan has lovely indoor and outdoor hot spring baths.

Walking distance: 18.4km
Elevation gain: 723mof ascent and 644m of descent
Time required: About 6 hours
Note: we offer a shorter alternative of 1 hour (3.7km). You can choose which option you prefer on the day – no need to decide in advance!
Accommodation: Onsen Ryokan (Hot Spring Travellers Inn)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 Hike from Yabuhara to Narai

The Ryokan will drive you back to Kiso-Fukushima after breakfast. We supply train tickets for the short journey from Kiso-Fukushima to Yabuhara, starting point for the hike over the Torii pass to Narai. Explore this evocative village before check-in at your family-run inn in the heart of the village. Your hosts will serve a home-cooked Japanese dinner and breakfast.

Walking distance: 6.2km
Elevation gain: 344m of ascent and 270m of descent
Time required: About 3 hours
Note: in Kiso-Fukushima, we offer an optional, fairly strenuous, circular walk to a local waterfall. The circular walk is 7km with 632mo ascent, 637m of descent and takes 2-3 hours. You can take this walk in the morning, before heading onwards to Yabuhara.
Accommodation: Minshuku (Family-run Guesthouse)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 Hike from Narai to Hirasawa

After breakfast, walk the short distance to the small town of Kiso-Hirasawa, famous for its lacquerware. There are many small shops selling beautifully-crafted tableware and furniture. Board a train at Kiso-Hirasawa station for your onward journey to Kyoto or to Tokyo, arriving mid-afternoon. If you are heading to Tokyo, you have the option to break your journey in Matsumoto to visit the famous castle (a small additional train fare is payable locally). 

Walking distance: 2.5km / 1.6 miles
Elevation gain: negligible ascent and descent
Time required: About 1 hour
Meals: Breakfast

(subject to change until the booking has been finalized)

Day 1 Hike from Magome to Tsumago

We supply train tickets for your journey from Kyoto or from Tokyo to Nakatsugawa, including a ride on the world-famous Shinkansen (Bullet Train) to Nagoya. At Nakatsugawa, you board a local bus for the short journey to Magome. Walk over Magome Pass to Tsumago, one of the best-preserved and most evocative of the Nakasendo post towns. Spend the night at a family-run Minshuku in Tsumago or the nearby hamlet of O-Tsumago, with a delicious home-cooked Japanese dinner and breakfast included. After dinner, enjoy a stroll through the village streets in the magical quiet of the evening, wearing the yukata gown supplied by your inn.

Walking distance: 8.3km
Elevation gain: 326m of ascent and 430mf descent
Time required: About 3 hours
Accommodation: Minshuku (Family-run Guesthouse)
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 Hike from Tsumago to Nojiri

The longest day on the trail is a beautiful and varied hike from Tsumago to Nojiri. Or choose the shorter alternative to Nagiso instead. The trail travels through small valleys and past forests of bamboo and Japanese cedar, through some of the least-developed scenery on the tour. Continue by train to Kiso-Fukushima. Stay at a lovely hot spring Ryokan set in a peaceful valley above the town. Complimentary transfer from the station is provided by the Ryokan). The Ryokan has lovely indoor and outdoor hot spring baths.

Walking distance: 18.4km
Elevation gain: 723m of ascent and 644m of descent
Time required: About 6 hours
Note: we offer a shorter alternative of 1 hour (3.7km). You can choose which option you prefer on the day – no need to decide in advance!
Accommodation: Onsen Ryokan (Hot Spring Travellers Inn)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 Hike from Yabuhara to Narai

The Ryokan will drive you back to Kiso-Fukushima after breakfast. We supply train tickets for the short journey from Kiso-Fukushima to Yabuhara, starting point for the hike over the Torii pass to Narai. Explore this evocative village before check-in at your family-run inn in the heart of the village. Your hosts will serve a home-cooked Japanese dinner and breakfast.

Walking distance: 6.2km
Elevation gain: 344m of ascent and 270m of descent
Time required: About 3 hours
Note: in Kiso-Fukushima, we offer an optional, fairly strenuous, circular walk to a local waterfall. The circular walk is 7km with 632m of ascent, 637m of descent and takes 2-3 hours. You can take this walk in the morning, before heading onwards to Yabuhara.
Accommodation: Minshuku (Family-run Guesthouse)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 Hike from Narai to Hirasawa

After breakfast, walk the short distance to the small town of Kiso-Hirasawa, famous for its lacquerware. There are many small shops selling beautifully crafted tableware and furniture. Board a train at Kiso-Hirasawa station for your onward journey to Karuizawa or Komoro for your final overnight stay. Both locations have lovely inns with a real sense of history and fine Japanese baths. Ride first to Matsumoto where you can visit the famous castle before connecting onwards to your final stop – total travel time by train is around three hours, not including the optional break of journey in Matsumoto. Arrive at your accommodation in time for a wonderful dinner with local produce.

Walking distance: 2.5km
Elevation gain: negligible ascent and descent
Time required: About 1 hour
Accommodation: Ryokan (Travellers Inn)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 Hike from Karuizawa to Yokokawa and transfer to Tokyo

After breakfast, your final walk on the Nakasendo Trail is from Karuizawa to Yokokawa. Leaving Karuizawa, the trail takes you over the Usui-toge Pass and down a gentle descent along one of the most beautiful sections of the Nakasendo, and certainly the least-developed. From Yokokawa, board the local train to Takasaki and change there for your ride on the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) to Tokyo. The train journey takes around two hours and you will arrive in Tokyo in the late afternoon or early evening.

Meals: Breakfast
Walking distance: 16.7km
Elevation gain: 372m of ascent and 862m of descent
Time required: About 5-6 hours
Note: the walk can be shortened by 3.3km by a taxi ride at the start of the day.

(subject to change until the booking has been finalized)

Day 1. Hike from Magome to Tsumago and Nagiso

We supply train tickets for your journey from Kyoto or from Tokyo to Nakatsugawa, including a ride on the world-famous Shinkansen (Bullet Train) to Nagoya. At Nakatsugawa, you board a local bus for the short journey to Magome. Walk over Magome Pass to Tsumago, one of the best-preserved and most evocative of the Nakasendo post towns. In the afternoon, you will be picked up and transferred to your Onsen inn for the evening, a short drive from the main village of Tsumago.

Walking distance: 8.3km / 5.2 miles
Elevation gain: 326m / 1,069 feet of ascent and 430m / 1,410 feet of descent
Time required: About 3 hours
A longer option of 4 hours is also possible depending on the inn you stay at.
Accommodation: Onsen Ryokan (Hot Spring Travellers Inn) or Onsen Hotel close to Tsumago
Meals: Dinner

Day 2. Hike from Nagiso to Nojiri

The longest day on the trail is a beautiful and varied hike from Nagiso to Nojiri. The trail travels through small valleys and past forests of bamboo and Japanese cedar, through some of the least-developed scenery on the tour. Continue by train to Kiso-Fukushima. Stay at a lovely hot spring Ryokan set in a peaceful valley above the town. Complimentary transfer from the station is provided by the Ryokan. The Ryokan has lovely indoor and outdoor hot spring baths.

Walking distance: 14.7km
Elevation gain: 625m of ascent and 530m of descent
Time required: About 5 hours
Note: a longer option of 6 hours is also possible.
Accommodation: Onsen Ryokan (Hot Spring Travellers Inn) in Kiso-Fukushima
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3. Hiking in the Kiso-Fukushima region

A day to relax and explore the historic Kiso-Fukushima. Our optional walk today travels through a quiet scenic forest before taking in key areas of the town.
Stay at another lovely hot spring Ryokan in the town.

Walking distance: 7km
Elevation gain: 630mof ascent and 635m of descent
Time required: About 2-3 hours of optional walking
Accommodation: Onsen Ryokan (Hot Spring Travellers Inn) in Kiso-Fukushima
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4. Hike from Yabuhara to Narai and Hirasawa

Today travel by train for the short journey from Kiso-Fukushima to Yabuhara, the starting point for the hike over the Torii pass to Narai. Explore this evocative village before a short walk to Kiso-Hirasawa, an historic lacquerware town. From here head on by train and bus to your inn for the evening; another wonderful Onsen Ryokan.

Walking distance: 8.7km
Elevation gain: 345m of ascent and 270m of descent
Time required: About 4 hours
Note: an easier walk of 6.2km taking 3 hours is also available.
Accommodation: Onsen Ryokan (Hot Spring Travellers Inn) close to Matsumoto
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5. Hiking in the Kamikochi wetlands

Travel by bus to the biodiverse wetlands of Kamikochi; a popular site for nature hiking, featuring dramatic mountain and lake scenery. Head onwards to a secluded Onsen Ryokan village in Oku-Hida for the evening.

Walking distance: 10.2km
Elevation gain: negligible ascent and descent
Time required: About 3-4 hours of optional hiking
Note: shorter walk of 3.2km and 1.5 hours is also possible.
Accommodation: Ryokan (Travellers Inn) in Oku-Hida
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6. Hiking in Oku-Hida and transfer on to Takayama

One final hike in the mountains of Oku-Hida, providing stunning views out over the local range. Head onwards by bus to Takayama where the tour ends. Explore this engaging town before heading onwards, which is well-known for its crafts, particularly yew-wood carving, Shunkei lacquerware, pottery and furniture. You may also wish to explore the ruins of Takayama castle and walk along the east-side temples. 

Walking distance: 6.6km
Elevation gain: 700m of ascent and descent
Time required: About 3-3.5 hours of optional hiking
Meals: Breakfast

(subject to change until the booking has been finalized)

Day 1 – Hike from Magome to Tsumago and Nagiso

We supply train tickets for your journey from Kyoto or from Tokyo to Nakatsugawa, including a ride on the world-famous Shinkansen (Bullet Train) to Nagoya. At Nakatsugawa, you board a local bus for the short journey to Magome. Walk over Magome Pass to Tsumago, one of the best-preserved and most evocative of the Nakasendo post towns. In the afternoon, you will be picked up and transferred to your Onsen inn for the evening, a short drive from the main village of Tsumago.

Walking distance: 8.3km / 5.2 miles
Elevation gain: 326m / 1,069 feet of ascent and 430m / 1,410 feet of descent
Time required: About 3 hours
Note: a longer option of 4 hours is also possible depending on the inn you stay at.
Accommodation: Onsen Ryokan (Hot Spring Travellers Inn) or Onsen Hotel close to Tsumago
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 – Hike from Nagiso to Nojiri

The longest day on the trail is a beautiful and varied hike from Nagiso to Nojiri. The trail travels through small valleys and past forests of bamboo and Japanese cedar, through some of the least developed scenery on the tour. Continue by train to Kiso-Fukushima. Stay at a lovely hot spring Ryokan set in a peaceful valley above the town. Complimentary transfer from the station is provided by the Ryokan). The Ryokan has lovely indoor and outdoor hot spring baths.

Walking distance: 14.7km
Elevation gain: 625m of ascent and 530m feet of descent
Time required: About 5 hours
Note: a longer option of 6 hours is also possible.
Accommodation: Onsen Ryokan (Hot Spring Travellers Inn) in Kiso-Fukushima
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 – Hiking in the Kiso-Fukushima region

A day to relax and explore the historic Kiso-Fukushima. Our optional walk today travels through a quiet scenic forest before taking in key areas of the town.
Stay at another lovely hot spring Ryokan in the town.

Walking distance: 7km
Elevation gain: 630mof ascent and 635m feet of descent
Time required: About 2-3 hours of optional walking
Accommodation: Onsen Ryokan (Hot Spring Travellers Inn) in Kiso-Fukushima
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 – Hike from Yabuhara to Narai and Hirasawa

Today travel by train for the short journey from Kiso-Fukushima to Yabuhara, the starting point for the hike over the Torii pass to Narai. Explore this evocative village before a short walk to Kiso-Hirasawa, an historic lacquerware town. From here head on by train and bus to your inn for the evening; another wonderful Onsen Ryokan.

Walking distance: 8.7km
Elevation gain: 345m of ascent and 270m of descent
Time required: About 4 hours
Note: an easier walk of 6.2km taking 3 hours is also available.
Accommodation: Onsen Ryokan (Hot Spring Travellers Inn) close to Matsumoto
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 – Hiking in the Kamikochi wetlands

Travel by bus to the biodiverse wetlands of Kamikochi; a popular site for nature hiking, featuring dramatic mountain and lake scenery. Head onwards to a secluded Onsen Ryokan village in Oku Hida for the evening.

Walking distance: 10.2km
Elevation gain: negligible ascent and descent
Time required: About 3-4 hours of optional hiking
Note: a shorter walk of 3.2km and 1.5 hours is also possible.
Accommodation: Ryokan (Travellers Inn) in OkuHida
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 – Hiking in Oku-Hida and transfer on to Karuizawa

Today enjoy a hike in the mountains of Oku Hida taking in the stunning views out over the local range. Travel by bus to Matsumoto first and Karuizawa where you will stay this evening. As an alternative to the walk, you may like to visit Takayama, an engaging historic town before heading onwards. Takayama is well-known for its crafts, particularly yew-wood carving, Shunkei lacquerware, pottery and furniture. You may also wish to explore the ruins of Takayama castle and walk along the east-side temples before visiting Karuizawa.

Walking distance: 6.6km
Elevation gain: 700mof ascent and descent
Time required: About 3-3.5 hours of optional hiking
Accommodation: Onsen Ryokan (Hot Spring Travellers Inn) or Hotel in Karuizawa
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 – Hike from Karuizawa to Yokokawa and transfer to Nikko

After breakfast, your final walk on the Nakasendo Trail is from Karuizawa to Yokokawa. Leaving Karuizawa, the trail takes you over the Usui-toge Pass and down a gentle descent along one of the most beautiful sections of the Nakasendo, and certainly the least developed. From Yokokawa, board the local train to Takasaki and change there for your ride on the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) to Tokyo. The train journey takes around three hours and you will arrive in Nikko in the late afternoon.

Walking distance: 10.4km
Elevation gain: negligible ascent and 830m of descent
Time required: About 3-4 hours
Note: the walk can be shortened by 3.3km by a taxi ride at the start of the day.
Accommodation: Onsen Ryokan (Hot Spring Travellers Inn) in Nikko
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 – Hike from Ryuzu Falls to Yumoto Onsen

This morning, take a bus further into the mountains to Oku Nikko. The forests and mountains here have been sacred to the Japanese for 1,200 years, and your first hike in the area is a gentle introduction to the region following the Yukawa River towards the Onsen village of Nikko Yumoto where you will spend the evening. The hike also takes in two spectacular waterfalls: Ryuzu and Yudaki Falls.

Distance: 8.4km
Time required: 3-4 hours
Ascent/descent: 295m of ascent and 90m of descent
Accommodation: Onsen Ryokan (Hot Spring Travellers Inn)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 – Hiking in the Oku Nikko plains

Heading north-east from Yumoto Onsen, today’s hike offers exceptional scenery along the Oku Nikko plains, skirting both Mount Mitsudake and Mount Orogura. The trail loops around to the south before returning to Yumoto Onsen for a second night. Sightings of both monkeys and deer are common on this wonderfully rural trail.

Distance: 14.8km
Time required: 6-7 hours
Ascent/descent: 560m of ascent and 570m of descent
Note: it is also possible to reduce the hike by 4.7km and 2 hours by skipping the final section of the walk with a local bus
Accommodation: Onsen Ryokan (Hot Spring Travellers Inn)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 – Return to Nikko and Tokyo

This morning, return by bus to central Nikko and then continue onwards to Tokyo by train. You can spend time exploring Nikko town if you wish, or you may prefer to connect straight onwards to Tokyo before lunch.

Meals: Breakfast





















Secured By miniOrange