Nakasendo was one of the main route that connected Kyoto and Edo (Tokyo) in Edo period (17th-19th century). Nakasendo literally means ‘central mountain path’, and as the name implies, the trail is passing mostly through mountains in central Japan. There were 69 stations (post towns) called “shuku” or “juku” between Kyoto and Edo, where various services such as accommodation and transportation (horses) were provided.
Among the various old routes in Japan, Nakasendo trail has maintained original trail and landscape better than any other routes, such as Tokaido. That’s why Nakasendo has became popular among Japanese hikers as well as tourists from other countries.
There are many spots to see around along the Nakasendo Trail including the villages with the late Edo period architecture, waterfall, refined resting area, and a lot more. Walking through the forest while listening to the sound of the river flowing along would be just perfect.
Among several shuku, Magome and Tsumago are 2 most popular ones. Magome-Tsumago hike takes about 3 hours and getting popularity among foreigners.
Ready-made tours for Nakasendo (Kisoji) walking tours
There are several ready-made tours available. For the latest list of Nakasendo trail tours, follow this link.
Nakasendo trail from Tokyo
Nakasendo trail from Nagano
- 3-Day from/to Nagano: Snow Monkeys & Historic Nakasendo Walking Tour
- 2-Day Tour From and To Nagano: Historic Nakasendo Walking Tour
Nakasendo trail from Nagoya
- Private Full Day Magome &Tsumago Walking Tour from Nagoya
- 3-Day Nagoya to Tokyo: Snow Monkeys, Mt Fuji & Nakasendo Walking Tour
Nakasendo trail from Nakatsugawa
Nakasendo trail customized private tours
For a customized private tour of Nakasendo trail, please follow this link. Our tour starts from Nagoya, Nakatsugawa or Nagiso Stations. We guide you how you can reach to these places from Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and other cities in Japan.