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Nakasendo Trail Winter Tour

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Tour Code: GTG379944

Nakasendo Trail Winter Tour

8 days 7 nights

fromUSD $2935.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

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Single Supplement: USD $365.00


A small-group guided winter tour to the Nakasendo trail. Walk or snow-shoe on five days for 1-3 hours.

Winter is a fantastic season to visit Japan. Winter in Japan offers must-see sites blanketed in snow, savory seasonal dishes, and a list of winter activities for every traveler. Japan's winter season is vast depending on the region, but each are unique in beauty. Snow does not fall often in the cities of Tokyo and Kyoto, but if you are lucky enough, being able to see Kyoto’s Kinkakuji Golden Pavilion covered by fresh snowfall is a scene that is truly breathtaking. Snow falls deeply further down the mountains and towards the Japan Sea coast. The winter landscapes of the traditional wooden villages of Magome and Tsumago against a backdrop of snowfall is something truly enchanting. Whether it be rejuvenating yourself in the warmth of a steaming- hot Japanese bath after a day outside, or sitting in an outdoor Rotemburo thermal water pool while the snowflakes flow gently through the air around you, there are so many reasons to choose winter for your walking adventure in Japan. There are fewer visitors, special seasonal foods, the absolutely beautiful illumination of some gardens, and many temples and shrines.

The Nakasendo trial connected Kyoto to Tokyo, formerly known as Edo, during Japan’s feudal period. As opposed to the Tokaido route, which spanned the Pacific coast, the Nakasendo Trail was known as the ‘road through the mountains’ which was traveled by feudal lords along with their retinues, samurai, merchants, and travelers. Along the route were 69 ‘post towns’ where tired travelers would rest before continuing onto their travels. Spending five days walking on the best parts of the trail, we will be able to enjoy the peace and serenity of the winter landscapes. Depending on how deep the snow is, we may use our snowshoes to follow the route. We will walk along quiet village roads as well as unpaved hill trails through the scenic Kiso Valley where we will have the opportunity to see some beautifully preserved old villages. We will stay overnight in traditional country inns and enjoy delectably warming regional cuisine prepared from the freshest ingredients. Soak in natural thermal hot springs and enjoy the warm hospitality of our hosts. There is nothing like ending our day of walking on the snowy trails like ending it with a Japanese bath.

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.

Accommodations
This itinerary contains overnight stays at Western 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

2025

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Wed. Jan 8, 2025 Wed. Jan 15, 2025 USD $2935.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

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Fri. Jan 17, 2025 Fri. Jan 24, 2025 USD $2935.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

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Sat. Feb 1, 2025 Sat. Feb 8, 2025 USD $2935.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

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Wed. Feb 12, 2025 Wed. Feb 19, 2025 USD $2935.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

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Sat. Mar 1, 2025 Sat. Mar 8, 2025 USD $2935.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Tokyo Active Sold Out / Waiting List

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.

Deposit

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

  • • 7 nights in hotels and Japanese-style inns (Ryokan and Minshuku)
  • • All transportation between tour locations
  • • Forwarding of one item of luggage on 4 occasions
  • • Comprehensive escorted with AJT professional English speaking tour guide

  •   Meals
  • • Breakfast everyday
  • • 7 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.

Additional Information

Transport

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   Travel to Nakatsugawa and walk to Magome
  • Day3   Magome to Tsumago
  • Day4   Tsumago to Kiso Fukushima
  • Day5   Kiso-Fukushima to Narai
  • Day6   Walk Narai to Kiso Hirasawa then travel to Asama Onsen
  • Day7   Travel to Tokyo
  • Day8   Tour ends

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Kyoto / Nakatsugawa / Magome / Tsumago / Kiso Fukushima / Narai / Kiso Hirasawa / Asama Onsen / Tokyo


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