Walking In Japan – The Nakasendo Way – April 2025

15 Nights: Tuesday 15 April - Thursday 30 April 2025

Share twin per person (ex Auckland)NZD$14,790
Single SupplementNZD$1,900

Gain a unique and intimate experience of Japan and its people. The Nakasendo Way is one of Japan’s ancient pathways, and this walking tour will take you through villages and countryside in the footsteps of emperors, soldiers and ordinary people of centuries ago.

The Nakasendo is literally ‘the road through the mountains’, and is an ancient route between the two capital cities of Kyoto and Tokyo. This walking tour follows some of the best-preserved and most interesting parts of the ancient highway deep into the mountains. In its 17th century heyday the Nakasendo was crowded with travellers, but is now largely forgotten and quiet.

You will stay in picturesque old towns that were staging posts on the ancient route, where charming traditional inns have survived into the modern world, often in the hands of the same family for generations. This is a full cultural experience, sleeping on futons and tatami mats, eating traditional Japanese food of a very high standard and bathing in communal thermal baths.

Each day’s walk ranges from 10 to 18 km, with climbing on many days. Luggage is transported between each night’s stop.

The walking component of the tour is bookended by time in the ancient imperial capital Kyoto and the modern capital Tokyo. From ancient temples to bullet trains, and from classical gardens to dazzling skyscrapers, Japan is an intriguing and unique mix of old and new, traditional and modern.

We only have two single rooms available on this tour. Please contact us if you are interested.


  • The services of an experienced Calder & Lawson Tours tour manager
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • All group transfers
  • Admissions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Pre-tour material
  • Economy class airfare ex Auckland
  • 15 nights accommodation in Japan
  • Luggage transfers between accommodation
  • All tips for national and local guides


  • Domestic flights within NZ
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Beverages during included meals, unless specified
  • Airline taxes
  • Personal expenses
  • Hotel porterage
  • Surcharge of 1.5% on Visa & Mastercard payments, Amex 3%


Share twin per person (ex Auckland)NZD$14,790
Single SupplementNZD$1,900

Please contact Calder & Lawson Tours if you are interested in a single occupancy place.

GROUP SIZE Minimum 8, maximum 13

Fitness Requirements
Moderate | 3-5 hr/day | 12-20 km/day | 300-500m ascent/descent | Walking up to 5 hours a day on sometimes undulating walking trails. Possibly some walking at moderate altitude.





Duration: 15 nights

Depart: Tue 15 Apr 2025

Return: Wed 30 Apr 2025

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0800 853 276

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