Walking holiday on Japan's Nakasendo Trail
Japan, Discovery, 13 days - from £2,795 (land only) - from €3,355 (land only) - from $4,595 (land only)
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.
You must bring the following items:
Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots*
Sandals or comfortable shoes*
Technical walking socks (2 or 3 pairs)
Lightweight walking trousers / pants (not cotton)
Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
Trek-shirt (not cotton)
Shirts or T-shirts
Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
Daypack approx 30-45 litres**
Torch / flashlight
Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
Water bottle (1 Litre)
Washbag and toiletries
Small padlock (to lock trek bag)**
Basic First Aid Kit including plasters (band-aids), blister treatment, aspirin etc.
The following items are optional:
Camera, film, batteries
*Walking shoes: You will need good shoes or boots designed for walking on rough paths. You should also bring a pair of comfortable shoes or sandals which are easy to take on and off, as shoes are not worn inside most buildings in Japan.
**Luggage & daypack
Main luggage - For this holiday you may wish to pack your travel items in wheeled luggage rather than your KE Trek Bag. We use the efficient Japanese rail system to travel around the country. In most cases your baggage will be transferred separately but on those occasions where we move from one region to another, you will be responsible for carrying your luggage on to and off the train. We recommend travelling light as it will make your holiday much more relaxed if you don't have a large or heavy bag to deal with during these transfers.
Daypack There are 4 nights when you will not have access to your main luggage. This is when the luggage cannot be easily transferred using the efficient Japanese courier system. These nights are on day 3 (Miyajima Island), and whilst walking along the trail on day 6 (Magone-juku), day 8 (Kiso-Fukushima) and day 10 (Karuizawa). You will need to carry with your overnight belongings (PJs / sleeping wear, toothbrush etc) as well as a waterproof, warm layer, camera, picnic etc on these nights.