Summer Nakasendo Way

Fully Escorted Tour

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This tour is operated by Walk Japan – the pioneer of off-the-beaten-track walking tours in Japan. Walk Japan’s Summer Nakasendo Way tour takes us to areas at higher altitudes and is designed to provide a comfortable walking experience in summer. It explores the best parts of one of Japan’s ancient highways, the Nakasendo; the beautiful Kaida Plateau; and Matsumoto, a delightful regional city dominated by its castle, a Japanese National Treasure. An 8-day, 7-night tour starting in Nagoya and finishing in Matsumoto. Accommodation is in Japanese inns and a hotel. The maximum group size for this tour is 12 persons.

  1. Day
  2. 1
Nagoya – Ena
  • Meal Dinner
  • Traditional Japanese Ryokan Inn Japanese Inn
  • Walking N/A

The tour meets at Nagoya Station for a transfer by train to Ena for the first Japanese inn experience of the tour. The Walk Japan Tour Leader holds the briefing here over dinner, a beautifully-presented kaiseki dinner.

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  1. Day
  2. 2
Ena – Magomi
  • Meal Breafkast, Dinner
  • Traditional Japanese Ryokan Inn Japanese Inn
  • Walking Approx. 10km (6.2 miles), easy pace 

After breakfast, visit the excellent Hiroshige Print Museum before transferring to the start of the walk on the outskirts of Nakatsugawa, an old post town and now a pleasant regional town. In the afternoon, continue along the the old highway passing quiet residences with carefully tended gardens, farmhouses and stepped paddy fields as we begin our climb to the Magome Pass. Wonderful views over the surrounding countryside make today memorable and an ideal way to begin the journey. 

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  1. Day
  2. 3
Magomi – O tsumago
  • Meal Breafkast, Dinner
  • Traditional Japanese Ryokan Inn Japanese Inn
  • Walking Approx. 11km (6.8 miles), easy pace

Walk to nearby Magome post-town through bucolic countryside scattered with farmhouses surrounded by well-tended gardens. Magome, set on the side of a hill, was the home of Shimazaki Toson who wrote Before the Dawn, considered to be Japan’s first modern novel. Have time to explore the town and relax in one of the charming cafes before setting out on the classic hike of the Nakasendo over the Magome-toge pass through verdant forests, aside crystal rivers to O-tsumago, a quiet hamlet in a deep, forested valley. Stay the night in a homely Japanese inn built in the traditional, distinctive style of the region.

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  1. Day
  2. 4
O tsumago – Kiso Fukushima
  • Meal Breafkast, Dinner
  • Traditional Japanese Ryokan Inn Japanese Inn
  • Walking Approx. 15km (9.3 miles), easy pace

Walk to nearby Tsumago, a beautiful village and probably the best preserved example of a post-town anywhere in Japan. Time to explore Tsumago before continuing along the Naksendo Way to Nagiso for a total morning walk of about 6km (3.7 miles). Time to explore Momotsuke-bashi, an impressive wooden footbridge, suspended across the Kiso River here. It was built by Momosuke Fukuzawa, an industrialist and colourful character active in Japan’s early modernisation. Purchase a picnic lunch in the village store before riding a local train to Junikane, a small, unmanned station deep in the Kiso Valley. Enjoy lunch under the shelter of a giant, 570 year old sugi cedar tree dominating the grounds of a nearby shinto shrine. Visit Ushiga-taki waterfalls, where cool waters cascading over bright, almost white rock into the clear emerald-green waters of the plunge pool. Continue on to Nojiri, board a train for Kiso-Fukushima, the main town of the Kiso Valley. Stay in a pleasant, modern Japanese inn with onsen thermal hot spring baths to revive before settling down to a sumptuous evening meal.

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  1. Day
  2. 5
Kiso Fukushima – Kaida Plateau
  • Meal Breafkast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Traditional Japanese Ryokan Inn Japanese Inn 
  • Hot spring/ onsen Onsen Hotspring
  • Walking Approx. 12km (7.5 miles), easy pace

After breakfast enjoy a stroll around this historical town squeezed into a deep valley and include a visit to the reconstructed barrier station; a check point of the Edo period. Transfer by vehicle to the beginning of today’s main walk along an old path, follow up over the Jizo Pass and then down onto the Kaida Plateau. The plateau is dominated by Mt. Ontake, an active volcano that is considered sacred by a Buddhist sect. After lunch, excursion over another high pass that, on a clear day, provides views high over the plateau to Mt. Ontake and some of the other mountains of Japan’s Central Alps. Accommodation for 2 nights in a delightful modern inn with onsen thermal hot spring baths set in a small village. 

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  1. Day
  2. 6
Kaida Plateau – Nomugi Pass – Kaida Plateau
  • Meal Breafkast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Traditional Japanese Ryokan Inn Japanese Inn
  • Hot spring/ onsen Onsen Hotspring
  • Walking Approx. 7.4km (4.6 miles), easy pace

Today, set out by vehicle to the start of our walk along part of the old Nomugi Road, which ran from Takayama to Matsumoto over the Nomugi Pass (1,672m/5,485.5ft.). A busy thoroughfare in both the Meiji Period (1868~1912) and Taisho Period (1912~1926), when young women walked this way to find work in the silk factories of the Matsumoto region, it is now a quiet backwater. Following the trail aside streams through forests of cedar, oak, beech and maple we climb a series of switchbacks to reach the Pass. At the top stop to enjoy the spectacular views to Mt. Norikura in Japan’s Central Alps and to also relax over a picnic lunch. The descent finally brings us to a reconstructed inn built in the local vernacular of Japan’s mountainous central region. Here travelers of old, including the silk workers, would have found shelter for the night or rested awhile before journeying on. 

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  1. Day
  2. 7
Kaida Plateau – Matsumoto
  • Meal Breafkast, Dinner
  • Hotel Hotel
  • Walking Approx. 8km (5 miles), easy pace

Return to Yabuhara after breakfast and walk 8km (5 miles) over the Torii-toge pass through forests to another lovely post-town, Narai. Free time here to explore, relax in cafes and shop before we transfer together by train to Matsumoto, which is settled into Japan’s Central Alps on a plateau famous in Japan for its apples, grapes and wine. 

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  1. Day
  2. 8
Matsumoto
  • Meal Breafkast
  • Hotel N/A
  • Walking Approx. 2km (1.2 miles), easy pace

Breakfast followed by a guided visit to Matsumoto castle, one of only four listed as national treasures, and the city centre. The tour finishes around lunchtime but Matsumoto has plenty more to explore if you wish to spend more time in the city on your own.

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Departure Dates: 2017: 30 Jun, 07, 14, 21, 28 Jul, 18 Aug
2018: 29 Jun, 06, 13, 20, 27 Jul, 17 Aug 
Tour Price: 2017: $3,984 Per Person Twin Share
2018: TBA
Tour Inclusions: *7 nights accommodation with daily breakfast
*1 lunch & 7 dinners
*Walk Japan tour leader for tour duration
*Travel from tour start point to finish point
*Baggage transfer service where applicable
Guide Service: Walk Japan tour leader for the entire tour duration
Accommodation: Tour accommodation is a combination of charming local inns and 3 star hotels throughout. Tour bookings are accepted based on the understanding that, whilst Walk Japan will try to provide the best standard of accommodation available, you are fully aware that the standard of accommodation may vary from place to place. JTB can also arrange pre/post accommodation. Enquire at time of booking.
Walking: Participants must be in reasonable health, mobile and able to participate in 4~6 hours of walking with breaks in between at a moderate 2kph to 4kph pace.
Remarks: *No minimum group size. Maximum is 12.
*Single Supplement: Where single accommodation at Japanese inns and temples cannot be provided, you will share a room with a person or persons of the same sex. Subject to room availability.
*Daily schedule is subject to change without notice due to weather, transport or any other unforeseen circumstances.
*Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian and must be over 12 years of age before the tour start date.
*Meals: Where meals are not included, each tour participant may be expected to pay between JPY 700-1,500 (AUD$8-$17) per person for breakfast, and lunch, and JPY 3,000 (AUD$35) or more for dinner.
*25% non refundable deposit is required at time of booking and full payment due 60 days prior to the tour date.

 

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