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Nakasendo and Kiso Valley Walking & Hiking Tour: Spring

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Tour Code: GTA3833500

Nakasendo and Kiso Valley Walking & Hiking Tour: Spring

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8 days 7 nights

fromUSD $3105.00 (Limit to 13 guests)


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Single Supplement: USD $605.00

A short small-group guided walking tour with three hikes of 3-6 hours of village-to-village walking on the Nakasendo Trail.

The Nakasendo Trail served as a key route in feudal Japan's roads, which connected Kyoto and Edo, known as Tokyo today. Merchants and travelers would spend multiple days along the Nakasendo, staying in small post towns overnight or even to rest during the day. Many of these post towns have been well preserved, allowing you to experience the history and culture of past Japan. During the spring season, the trails offer beautiful scenery with flowers blooming. You can also enjoy the weather as you hike from town to town. On this tour, we will explore parts of the Nakasendo Trail, traveling through the Kiso Valley. Enjoy nature, temples and shrines, and quaint villages as we trek through a piece of Japanese history. Join All Japan Tours and your English-speaking guide, as we travel and hike from village-to-village along forested trails, resting overnight at family-run inns, and enjoying local cuisine and hospitality.

We will start our 8-day guided Nakasendo tour in Kyoto, where the trail begins. Enjoy sightseeing around the ancient city during a guided half-day tour. During our time in Kyoto, we will enjoy day trips to the nearby cities of Nara and Kurama. In each city, we will hike through small villages, enjoy the rural landscape, and take in the amazing scenery. Our journey then takes us on the bullet train to Kiso Valley, where we will start in the post town of Magome. Travel through well-preserved post towns of Tsumago and Narai by walking along the ancient route as travelers did long ago. Along the path, we will enjoy stunning forests, small shrines, and will stay at small country inns. From Narai, travel to Matsumoto, home to Matsumoto Castle, one of twelve original castles in Japan. Enjoy a night in Matsumoto before heading to Tokyo, where our tour will officially end.

Note: this is an intense rated hiking trip with some steady steep ascents and hikes over 4 hours.

Activity Level: Intense
Our Intense tours generally have dedicated days of trail walking, with some days of over four hours and with some ascent and/or descent.

Who is an Intense tour designed for?
- We recommend our Intense tours for anyone who does regular walking or hiking, and is comfortable walking a full day with some climbing and descending.
- If you do not exercise regularly, please practice walking for three to four hours, about three to six months prior to the tour in order to get the most out of your trip.

This itinerary contains overnight stays at Hotels, Ryokans, and Minshukus. Ryokans and Minshukus are more traditional accommodations, with a more casual hospitality than you will find at a hotel. At both a Ryokan and a Minshuku, you will stay in a simply furnished room and sleep on a futon, which is laid on a tatami mat.
Some Ryokans may have private bathrooms attached to your room, but others only have public bathrooms used by all the guests. Minshukus usually offer only a public bathroom – meaning either a smaller bathroom used one guest at a time, or larger bathrooms separated by gender (male & female), and designed to be used by multiple guests at once.

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Dates & Price


Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Sat. May 10, 2025 Sat. May 17, 2025 USD $3105.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Tokyo Active Minimum 4 / Book Now  
Fri. May 23, 2025 Fri. May 30, 2025 USD $3105.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Tokyo Active Minimum 4 / Book Now  

Please Note:

All prices are per person, based on twin (double on request) or triple occupancy.
International flights are not included on our tours - this allows you the flexibility to choose your own departure and get the best value for your money!

We can arrange international flights for US customers if needed, please ask for details.


A 20% deposit is required to hold the space at time of booking and final payment is due 2 months prior to departure. At least 4 passengers minimum are required to guarantee the tour’s departure. Booked passengers will be informed 3 months before the starting date if the tour is not guaranteed, and they will have the option to either cancel and refund the amount already paid, or transfer the payment to another tour.

What's included

  • • Seven nights in hotels and Japanese-style inns (Ryokan and Minshuku)
  • • All transportation between tour locations
  • • Forwarding of one item of luggage on 2 occasions
  • • Comprehensive escorted with AJT professional English speaking tour guide

  •   Meals
  • • Breakfast everyday
  • • 5 dinners

  • Admission fees and activities
  • • All entry fees to sites, activities listed in the itinerary

What's NOT included

  • • International Airfares
  • • Airport transfers
  • • Meals that are not included in the itinerary
  • • Travel Insurance
  • • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • • Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills
  • • For single travelers, this tour has a single supplement. The Single Supplement for this tour only applies to Western-style hotels. For Ryokan / Minshuku / Temple Lodging, you will be paired with another traveler of the same gender.

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Public transportation

Arrival Departure Airports

For arrivals at Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX), this tour starts in Kyoto and ends in Tokyo, with departures at Narita Airport (NRT) or Haneda Airport (HND).

Meal Requests

Vegetarian or special meals can be arranged.

Meet and Greet

Airport meet and greet and airport transfers are NOT included, but we will provide with full instructions in advance.

Itinerary In Brief

  • Day1   Meet in Kyoto
  • Day2   A day of sightseeing in Kyoto
  • Day3   Hike the Yamanobe no Michi in Nara
  • Day4   Hike from Magome to Tsumago
  • Day5   Hike from Tsumago to Nojiri
  • Day6   Hike from Yabuhara to Narai
  • Day7   Sightseeing in Matsumoto and Tokyo
  • Day8   Tour ends this morning

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Kyoto / Nara / Magome / Tsumago / Nojiri / Yabuhara / Narai / Matsumoto / Tokyo

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