Take an excursion to the Nagano countryside for a slice of samurai and ninja history.
- Walk the Edo-Era Nakasendo Trail (a.k.a. the “Samurai Trail”)
- Stay at a classic inn at a well-preserved post town
- Tour Matsumoto Castle, one of Japan’s only original wooden castles
- Search for ninja amongst ancient cedar trees in Togakushi
Day 1: Nakasendo Walk and Post-town Stay
Walk back to samurai times trekking through the Kiso Valley.
Day 2: Castle Town Matsumoto
Explore this classic castle town and the Ukiyo-e Museum.
Day 3: The Ninja and Temple Town of Nagano
Nagano City, famous for hosting the 1998 Winter Olympics, is at heart a temple town based around the venerable Zenkoji Temple. Above the urban center is the Togakushi Highland famous for its spirituality, soba (buckwheat) noodles and ninjas!