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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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  • Very good27%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
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“self guided” (7 reviews)
“the bus” (11 reviews)
Nakatsugawa 508-0502, Gifu Prefecture
+81 92-323-3930
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family of 6 took a guided walking tour (from Ena to Narai) through some of the best preserved & interesting parts of the Nakasendo. The trail took us through the scenic Japanese country side: quaint villages, well-preserved ancient post-towns (lined with lovely ancient buildings),...More

Thank LLTan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked from Magome to Tsumago in December. There were patches of snow here and there, but never much. Both villages (post towns) were beautiful and the (apparently very old) tea house en route is a must visit. There were streams and waterfalls, hills and...More

Thank CaitlinBrady
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The 8 km from Magome to Tsumago walk is easy, some up and down. Good paths and easy to find. The towns are very touristy but also still nice.

Thank Dutch_fem
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Magome was pretty busy with tourist when we got there on midday but once we started the walk, the crowds petered out quickly. The snow made for a spectacular landscape along the walk, albeit with several slippery sections. The silence except for run home of...More

Thank PHL16
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our family of four, including two kids, ages 9 and 12, recently did the Nakasendo Trail… well, kind of… we cheated and only covered part of the trail between the Odaki-Medaki waterfalls and Otsumago on a cold early-December afternoon. Short as it was, we thoroughly...More

Thank WeiLynn
Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

A lovely walk from magome to Tsumago. Picturesque views and if you’re lucky you may even spot some monkeys. There is also a lovely local man who offers travellers a cup of Japanese tea at a resting station during the walk. An unforgettable trail

Thank Austraveller1993
Reviewed 25 November 2017

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 22 November 2017 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 20 November 2017 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 18 November 2017

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

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Karen B
14 December 2017|
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Response from Quasimama | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I wouldn't be much help. I was traveling with a group of senior citizens, and we just went a few hundred yards.
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