We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Nakasendo Walking Trail (Tsumago)

Kiso-gun, Nagiso-machi, Nagano Prefecture
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
3-Day or 4-Day Self-Guided Hike on Nakasendo Trail with Lodging and Transport
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
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.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good31%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
1 week ago
“Lovely walk”
3 weeks ago
“A wonderful walk into history”
Kiso-gun, Nagiso-machi, Nagano Prefecture
Write a Review
Reviews (290)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 290 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

Although we were staying near Tsumago we caught the bus to Magome to begin the walk. Do check the bus schedule beforehand to time your walk as it does not run all that frequently. We are an older couple in our 70s and completed the...More

Thank pipi_on_the_go
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is my second time doing the Nakasendo between Magome and Tsumago, and I still enjoyed every step. We started from Magome (steep ascent, gradual descent) on a drizzly morning, and took our time wandering through Magome-juku, looking through the various shops. Once out of...More

2  Thank J00lsC
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived at Nagiso station from Kyoto around midday and caught the local bus (¥300pp) to our ryokan at Otsumago. From there we stashed our bags and walked back down into Tsumago, which is beautiful and enjoyable and nibbled on udon for a late lunch!...More

3  Thank Brooke B
Reviewed 14 May 2017 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...More

2  Thank YappsHK
Reviewed 8 May 2017

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.

1  Thank John_MtEden
Reviewed 7 May 2017 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.

Thank Katia31122012
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 May 2017 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...More

3  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 23 April 2017

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....More

1  Thank BuccaneerDave
Reviewed 17 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...More

3  Thank Roie_Yatzkan
Reviewed 17 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)...More

1  Thank jaumeAlaska
Nearby Restaurants
Ryokan Fujioto
40 reviews
1.94 km away
Cafe Minoseya in Tsumagojuku
34 reviews
1.61 km away
Magome Chaya
36 reviews
4.49 km away
Sabo Ebiya
7 reviews
1.90 km away
Nearby Attractions
265 reviews
4.45 km away
250 reviews
1.85 km away
Nakasendo Walking Trail
138 reviews
4.25 km away
Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Gigi S
Is is possible to do this trail early June? Not too hot or humid? I want to do the whole thing.
2 May 2017|
Response from Michael K | Reviewed this property |
June should be nice weather wise. Watch out for crowds during Cherry Blossom Week We were there for Fall Colors in October
Can you travel to Nakasendo from Matsumato and if so what is the route and how long does it take? We would like to try and do the Tsumago- Magome hike in the same day and then travel on to either Nagoya or Kyoto. Thanks in advance!! Sue
14 April 2017|
Answer Show all 2 answers
Response from Luisa B | Reviewed this property |
You can go from Matsumoto to Tsumago. 1. Catch limited express super Azusa 6 Takes about 10 minutes 2 get off at Shiojiri station. 3 Catch the JR Chuo line for Nakatsugawa. Get off at Nagiso which takes about... More