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Discover a forgotten footpath that used to be the lifeline between Tokyo and Kyoto
Follow in the footsteps of traders, samurai, commoners, and royalty along the ancient Nakasendo Way, a footpath connecting Kyoto to Edo (modern-day Tokyo). In the 17th century, this footpath was busy with commoners and lords alike, traversing over 500 kilometers through the mountains of Nagano. While long, the path is quite gentle. Today, the Nakasendo—literally “the middle mountain way”—lies mostly forgotten, and walking along it brings you out of modern Japan.
Walk Japan has divided the route into a 10-day tour, walking between 10-24 kilometers per day, with some sections covered by transit to make the journey a bit more enjoyable. Luggage is sent onto the next waypoint, so you only have to stroll with a day pack. In the evening, the group stays in traditional inns, enjoying hot spring baths and delicious evening meals. The maximum group is 12, so you are guaranteed a small group experience as you walk.