Until the late 1800s thousands of Samurai walked the Nakasendo between Kyoto and old Edo, passing through Nagano’s Kiso Valley where the best-preserved post towns are located. Experience the history by walking the road, staying in traditional inns, eating the local food, and soaking in hot springs as the samurai did.
- Visit the three best-preserved post towns of the Nakasendo
- Walk the most popular section of this ancient trail
- Walk a less-discovered section over Torii Pass with views of sacred Mt. Ontake
- Enjoy a hot spring ryokan stay, historical district walk and sake tasting in Kiso Fukushima
- Visit Matsumoto Castle, one of Japan’s five national treasure castles
Day 1: Explore Kiso Fukushima
Travel to Kiso Fukushima and walk up to the Uenodan historical district. After sake-tasting, enjoy a relaxing stay at a traditional inn.
Day 2: Magome to Tsumago
Walk the most popular section of the entire Nakasendo from Magome to Tsumago.
Day 3: Yabuhara to Narai
Yabuhara to Narai is a relatively undiscovered section of the Nakasendo, crossing scenic Torii Pass before arriving at Narai, the longest post town of the entire route.
Optional Day: Kaida Kogen
If time allows consider visiting Kaida Kogen and Mt. Ontake, a pilgrimage destination for many travelers on the Nakasendo.