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Nakasendo Walking Trail

Nakatsugawa 508-0502, Gifu Prefecture
+81 92-323-3930
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3-Day or 4-Day Self-Guided Hike on Nakasendo Trail with Lodging and Transport
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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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  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
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Nakatsugawa 508-0502, Gifu Prefecture
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked this trail not in an organised tour and enjoyed the experience. The 2 book end post towns of Magome and Tsumago are interesting. There are no shortage of good reviews for this walk so I thought I might frame my review slightly differently....More

Thank Jack D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Walking trails that transcends back in time. Tsumago was a great place to stop, handmade goods, where one resident served us a pot of hot tea while we waited for the bus. A must see. And we were able to enjoy the fall colors. Options...More

Thank GinaBRU
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You can DIY hike this route by dipping in and out of the post towns rather than taking a tour. It is very photogenic. On the route you can look at the agriculture and products being dried. We drove from Iida each day. Accommodation in...More

Thank LondonTell
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was a bit concerned about doing this ourselves because the only information I could find was through companies who organised walking tours and charged a huge amount of money for them. I needn't have worried at all. Like all things in Japan, it's beautifully...More

Thank Christina P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This trail is connecting Kyoto and Edo , now Tokyo. was used in the feudal period . 69 stations on the way . In total 534 km long . Most of the visitors do part of it walking . Very nice part between Magome and...More

Thank Gidons51
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

We recently walked 4 days on the Nakasendo trail. We are on a 60th birthday trip with my 3 siblings and partners. I have walked extensively in Australia, New Zealand, and North America and this ranks with the most beautiful. We did a self-guided trip...More

2  Thank HydroH2
Reviewed 16 October 2017

We got a 3-day self guided tour of the Nakasendo Trail from Oku Japan that took us from Magome-Tsumago-Kiso-Fukushima/Yabuhara - Nirai. It was SO much fun. Nothing strenuous and they gave us plenty of instruction. The scenery was absolutely gorgeous and it was so surreal...More

Thank LaTinoco
Reviewed 2 September 2017

This trail runs all the way from Edo (as ancient Tokyo was known and where Samurai were more or less concentrated) to Kyoto (ancient Imperial capital), and dates way back to Japan's feudal period. The route was very mountainous, so many inns sprang up along...More

Thank Quasimama
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Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

CAVEAT EMPTOR If you are thinking of patronising Walk Japan Ltd for organising your trip , please be aware.......! One needs to be aware of the deposit payment policy as the Walk Japan People are very non-flexible and unaccommodating; they do not, even with seemingly...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 23 August 2017

We stayed in Nakatsugawa and started the walk from Magome to Tsumago. It is the best direction to go since you walk the first part from Magome uphill with the majority of the walk downhill. Magome and Tsumago were beautiful scenic towns and the walk...More

Thank 137Paul
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9 October 2017|
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Response from Helvin3 | Reviewed this property |
Incredibly easy to do on your own! We googled what the bus stop looked like at Nakatsuwaga station, made sure we had enough change on us (500 yen each) jumped on and got off at the final stop (Magome). The next morning we... More
9 October 2017|
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Response from Angewaa | Reviewed this property |
This is easy to do on your own and a lot cheaper. If you stay magome, and walk to tsumago, which we did this summer, you can send your luggage from the tourist info center right on the Main Street. when you get to... More
Leon P
14 September 2017|
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Response from Ralph K | Reviewed this property |
Hi Leon As promised, here is my answer and I hope you find it useful We got the bus from next to the station at Nakatsugawa and it is very easy to find (the local tourist office will give you the timetable and point out... More