16 Nights: Wednesday 9 October - Friday 25 October 2024
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. Transport can be arranged for those who want to have relaxed day.
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.
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.