Walk Japan’s Ancient Highway

Walk Japan has introduced a new route as part of its existing Summer Nakasendo Way tour, a unique walking itinerary between Kyoto and Tokyo. The new route climbs the historic Nomugi Pass on day six of the journey, and reaches between Takayama and Matsumoto.


The Nakasendo Way is one of Japan's ancient highways. Hikers will follow the trail alongside streams and through forests of cedar, all the while enjoying views of Mt. Norikura in Japan's Central Alps. The descent will bring walkers to a reconstructed inn built in the local vernacular of Japan's mountainous central region. This new route adds an extra day to the traditional seven-day Summer Nakasendo Way tour.


The fully-guided tour also includes visits to the beautiful Kaida Plateau, at the southern end of the Central Alps, and Matsumoto, a regional city dominated by its castle, a Japanese National Treasure.


Tours are scheduled in July and August and start from GBP1,641 (US$2,534) per person, with a maximum group size of 13.

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