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Nakasendo Walking Trail

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Address: Nakatsugawa 508-0502, Gifu Prefecture
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+81 92-323-3930

This historic footpath through the Kiso Valley connects the villages of...

This historic footpath through the Kiso Valley connects the villages of Tsumago and Magome. The partially paved trail is approximately 8 kilometers in length and passes by several historic and natural wonders.

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3-Day or 4-Day Self-Guided Hike on Nakasendo Trail with Lodging and Transport
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So beautiful we did it twice!

A beautiful 8km walk from Magome to Tsumago, following paved roads, dirt tracks, steep stairways and crossing bridges. A fairly easy walk which we did in our vans-type shoes... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Broome, Australia
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Broome, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A beautiful 8km walk from Magome to Tsumago, following paved roads, dirt tracks, steep stairways and crossing bridges. A fairly easy walk which we did in our vans-type shoes. Recommend walking from Magome to Tsumago for an easier walk (more downhill than uphill), however expect to hike up and down hills in both directions. Beautiful scenery and be sure to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

We did this 10 day walk beginning November 12 2016 We dealt with Andy Moser from Oku Japan who was fantastic to deal with - all went very smoothly It's a good walk - with options if you want to do something a bit easier on specific days All the accommodation provided was excellent , as was the food we... More 

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plymouth, uk
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

Beautiful walk, nice and easy and very scenic. The leaves were changing colors and the weather was perfect.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

I would recommend this to anyone who likes to hike! Beautiful scenery that changes along the way. You also pass through preserved towns and a tea house where you can warm up and relax. I did this hike in mid November and foliage was beautiful.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

I had read about this walk and was keen to so it and so glad I did. Caught the 7am train from Nagoya with JR Pass as 8am reserved seats all gone, then connecting bus from Nakatsugawa station to Magome. If you have to wait for the bus, browse around the adjacent tourist office as they have local food and... More 

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Broome, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Have just finished a 12 day guided walking tour with Oku Japan on the Nakasendo Way. Highly recommend this tour company for a professional, well organised and informative tour. Learned so much about the history, culture and cuisine of Japan with a really excellent guide, Naomi Honda. Thanks, Oku Japan!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

We walked 2,5 hours without stops from Magome to Tsumago and came back by bus to Magome. Our base was hotel Hanasarasa, outside of Nakatsugawa. It was a nice weather but the temperature fluctuated depending if you were in the sun or in the shadow of the forest. Good hiking shoes are a must but not necessarily the hiking sticks.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

We spent two weeks in Japan, beginning in Tokyo, then down to the Nakasendo self-guided walk, with Oku Japan. We did the four day (3 night) version and loved it, even though we had a lot of rain and found the long day (26k+) challenging in the really bad weather. We'd forwarded our bags from Tokyo to our Kyoto Hotel... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

We hiked from Magome to Tsumago - about 7 km. These are two of the eleven "post stations" on the trail. Post stations were historical overnight stops used by traders and travellers. We got to Magome by train to Nakatsugawa Station and then caught the local bus up to Magome. The tourist information centre next to Nakatsugawa Station can assist... More 

Thank Kay C
Linkoping, Sweden
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

So, this was supposed to be our first hiking trip in Japan. We thought we had read all we needed to know before going there, but apparently not. The path itself was nice. A lot of cobblestones and there are supposed to be some watermills and such along the path. There is also wild animals in the forest. The bears... More 

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