16 Nights: Saturday 15 April - Monday 1 May 2023
The Nakasendo Way explores one of Japan’s ancient pathways and follows some of the best preserved and most interesting parts of the old road deep into the mountains.
The tour starts in Kyoto where we will have four days to explore this ancient capital and cultural epicentre of Japan. We will visit one of Japan’s most recognisable icons, the Golden Pavillion, which is considered to be the epitome of a Zen garden, and enjoy an introduction to the tea ceremony; eat vegetarian temple cuisine and visit Ryoan-ji.
We then begin walking for 8 days with a two night stay in Matsumoto where we have a day to explore this lovely town before re-joining the path through to Tokyo. We stay in charming traditional inns and eat delicious Japanese cuisine. On our last three days in Tokyo, we explore sites which have a connection to the Edo period as it was in the 17th century when the Nakasendo was crowded with travelers and we will find out why. The average daily walking is 10-17 kilometres.
Transport can be arranged if you want to walk for only part of the day. Luggage is transported for you so you only need to carry a day pack. This has been one of our most popular tours for its insights into Japan as it was and is now.
Please contact Calder & Lawson Tours if you are interested in a single occupancy place.
GROUP SIZE Minimum 8, maximum 13
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.