Walking holiday on Japan's Nakasendo Trail

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

DiscoveryTrek & Walk

Holiday Information

What's Included

  • A professional English-speaking tour leader
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Baggage transfer as indicated
  • All entrance fees to museums and temples indicated on the itinerary
  • Airport transfer from downtown Tokyo to Tokyo Narita Airport

What's Not Included

  • Visas (if required)
  • Airport transfers to Kyoto from Oskaka Kansai Airport
  • Tips to local staff
  • Some meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Miscellaneous personal spending soft drinks etc.

Meal Plan

All breakfasts and 8 dinners are included in the holiday price. While staying in traditional Japanese accommodation (Minshuku, Ryohan or Shukubo), the evening meal is an integral part of the experience and these dinners are included in your holiday price. Apart from the welcome and farewell dinners in Kyoto and Tokyo respectively, we have not included evening meals while staying in these cities. In both Kyoto and Tokyo there is an exceptionally wide range of dining options and in this case it makes sense to leave the choice of what to eat and how much to spend to you. You will need to budget for a total of 3 dinners plus your lunches. In Kyoto and in Tokyo there are plenty of local eateries where you can have a full meal for around $10 - $15. Dinner in downtown restaurants will cost between $20 and $50. During lunch hours, many restaurants offer inexpensive teishoku (set menus) at around $10. Lunch boxes (bento), can be bought from convenience stores (konbini), train stations and also at temporary stands and these will cost between $5 and $15 depending on how elaborate they are. Snacks and trail food can also be bought in supermarkets and at shops in the post towns along the Nakasendo.


During the holiday the group stay in a range of different types of accommodation, many of them traditional Japanese which are usually beautifully presented.

6 nights hotels in Kyoto (3nights), Karuizawa (1night) and Tokyo (2nights). These are modern city hotels with en suite facilities, air conditioning, TV, fridge etc in twin/double share rooms.

We have 3 nights in traditional ryokans (Miyajima Island, Kis-Fukshima and Narai). A traditional ryokan is a Japanese Inn which feature tatami (straw) matted rooms, some with onsens (hot springs) and other areas where guests can wear the traditional yukata (colourful Japanese robes). Shoes are always taken off at the doorway and many rooms have sliding doors. Sleeping arrangements are futons in rooms of possibly 2 - 4 people, segregated by sex and usually with ensuite bathrooms. They are kept immaculately clean and the service is always excellent. The food served at a traditional ryokan is of the highest standard and usually a quality Japanese affair with multi-courses.

We have 2 nights in Minshuku accommodation. These are the traditional wooden houses (Machiya) which have been converted in more recent times into a Japanese style guesthouse/B&B. They are usually of a similar style inside to the ryokans, but they are less likely to have ensuite facilities. The communal bathrooms usually have male & female segregation. They are usually less formal than the ryokan, but the service and food are just as good.

We will also spend 1 night in Pilgrim's temple lodgings (Shukubo), run by the monks, where the rooms are similar to Minshuku.

If you are joining the group on your own we will pair you with other travellers of the same sex. Single rooms are available for the 6 nights in Kyoto, Karuizawa and Tokyo. Please refer to the holiday page on our website for details of single supplement charges. It is not possible to book single rooms in any of the traditional accommodation. Additional nights are available at the beginning and the end of the holiday, please contact the office for details.

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