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Nakasendo Walking Trail (Tsumago)

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Address: Kiso-gun, Nagiso-machi, Nagano Prefecture

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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We started the hike from Tsumago and it took about 2 hours to arrive at Magome. Tsumago is less commercial than Magome, so feels more authentic as a postal town. The first 6 Km... read more

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Hong Kong
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We started the hike from Tsumago and it took about 2 hours to arrive at Magome. Tsumago is less commercial than Magome, so feels more authentic as a postal town. The first 6 Km was mostly uphill and the last 2 km was downhill. We had a great time! Do check out the waterfalls along the way - just a... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An easy walk and a way to see villages as they were during the Edo period. Stop off at a traditional inn/guesthouse to complete the experience. The start of the walk is a bit touristy but very soon becomes less busy.

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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love this trail. It is very simple and charming. You can do very easily but there are some up hills not ao easy for people who is not used to do trails. The path has a lot of good surprises.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

just finished 11day/10night walk nakasendo way guided walk with walk japan group of 9 from victoria australia, all around 70 years old most wonderful experience walked between 8 and 24 km/day up & down, very challenging at times used taxis/buses/trains between walks did 130 km in 10 days walking jamie, our guide was so good dinner bed & breakfast included... More 

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Nanaimo, Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a great one day experience for us. The trail is very easily walked in a few hours, even in pouring rain. Exceedingly clear trail markers. Bells on the way to scare off bears. Rest house to stop for a tea and a chat. Very enjoyable. Not a serious hike in any way shape or form. Bookended by two... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed 18 April 2017

We arrived to Tsumago by car and took the trail to Magome. The signs were very detaild and the road was beautiful. It took us 2.5 hours. Our road was mostly and uphill, so we rocommend of doing the opposit. Mgome to TSumago. We stayed in Magome for a few hours, it was amazing and quiet. Lots of uniqe shops.... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

We braved rain and cold in Jizo pass and beautiful weather at Torii pass. It was all good and enjoyable. We like walking trips and the Japanese have set a world standard for good signage (learn the kanji for Nakasendo and it is even easier) well placed public toilets and a lovely historical walk on this old Edo period post... More 

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

We did the Magome to Tsumago route in the rain but it was still wonderful! Soon after setting off we saw some monkeys in the trees and even one on the road! Further on we came across the first bell to ring to ward off any bears! About half way we took a short detour to view the 'male and... More 

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

We only had one day to walk this trail, and it was raining cats and dogs. Armed with two big umbrellas, we braver the trail from Magome to Tsumago, because many people here said was more downhill that way. I'd say it doesn't really matter very much. Both directions had some uphill parts. In fact, the first two kilometer from... More 

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Reviewed 26 January 2017

Fascinating glimpse into two beautifully preserved Japanese villages - Tsumago and Magome. Easier to get there than you might think - despite a couple of train changes and a bus from Tokyo, it was still well worth it. Interesting terrain in a beautiful valley .

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