Walking holiday on Japan's Nakasendo Trail

Japan, Discovery, 13 days - from $4,890 (land only)

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Nakasendo Trail - JapanNakasendo Trail - Japan

Revised for 2014

We have included a visit to the famous town of Hiroshima, it's peace park and an overnight on the shrine island of Miyajima.

  • Walk the way of the Samurai on Japan`s long distance trail
  • Fabulous Ryokan accommodation with onsen`s (hot spring pools)
  • Walk the Nakasendo trail, the ancient shoguns trading route
  • Walking holiday in Japan and bullet train ride to Hiroshima
  • Time for sightseeing in Japan`s main cities of Kyoto and Tokyo

This delightful active adventure holiday in Japan spends time in Kyoto absorbing the fine cultural aspects of Japan, a visit to Hiroshima, several days walking on the ancient trading route of the Nakasendo Trail and finishes in the fascinating town of Tokyo. Before setting off on the 4-day Japanese walking holiday section along the Nakasendo Trail, we soak up the unique Japanese experience in the vicinity of Kyoto, taking part in a tea ceremony and exploring amongst temples, craft shops and food markets. We also travel by high speed train, ‘Skinkansen', to the famous city of Hiroshima to visit the Peace Park and also the shrine island of Miyajima. Then, at the temple complex on Mount Koya, we stay at a Buddhist pilgrim's lodging or ‘shukobu' and visit the amazing tombs at nearby Okunoin, before heading east to begin our walk along the Nakasendo. In feudal times, samurai, merchants and artisans travelled between Kyoto and Tokyo on an ancient trading route known as the Nakasendo. Along the Nakasendo a chain of ‘post towns' was established to provide food and lodging to travellers. These historic towns have been lovingly preserved and restored by the local inhabitants and a journey along this ancient highway is also a journey back in time. After each day's walk through a magical landscape we stay in a traditional inn where we enjoy exquisite regional cuisine, relax in the hot springs and afterwards, take a stroll along a 19th century cobbled street of wooden Machiya houses illuminated only by painted paper lanterns hanging from hand-carved verandas. We end this captivating holiday in Tokyo with a sightseeing tour. Getting right under the skin of Japan, this exciting walking, cultural and adventure holiday in the world-class destination of Japan, will relax and impress in equal measure.

Is this holiday for you?

This walking and sightseeing holiday in Japan involves four short (2 - 4 hours) walking days at Mount Koya and on the Nakasendo Trail. There is the option to walk more of the Nakasendo on one of the days with an optional longer walk of around 6 hours. The underfoot conditions are good being on a mix of quiet lanes and forest trails as well as paved sections of the Nakasendo Trail. There is one pass of just under 1200m to cross involving approximately 300m of ascent but the trail to this pass is well graded and not particularly steep. Including walking tours in and around Kyoto and Tokyo, this holiday is suitable for anyone who is reasonably active.

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