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Nakasendo Walking Trail (Tsumago)

Kiso-gun, Nagiso-machi, Nagano Prefecture
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3-Day or 4-Day Self-Guided Hike on Nakasendo Trail with Lodging and Transport
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This historic footpath through the Kiso Valley connects the villages of Tsumago and Magome. The partially paved trail is approximately 8 kilometers in length and passes by several historic and natural wonders.
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Kiso-gun, Nagiso-machi, Nagano Prefecture
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our most unique experience while on our trip to Japan. This Country is of incredible beauty and absolutely different culture and traditions. Hiking this Historical Trail from Magome to Tsumago was a greatest experience of unspoiled beauty of nature, villages which still preserve...More

Thank DaiKoEm
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed the night in Tsumago, where we started our walk the next day to Magome - the walk was 5km up hill and 3 km down to Magome, The walk is well sign posted, the pathway is easy to walk along, through shaded trees,...More

2  Thank Marion D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful walk between Tsumago and Magome. We had our big packs and were sick at the time and couldn't walk the whole thing, but I would love to come back again and finish it. So peaceful and relaxing with cute shops and...More

Thank nbauer21
Reviewed 13 June 2017

Although we were staying near Tsumago we caught the bus to Magome to begin the walk. Do check the bus schedule beforehand to time your walk as it does not run all that frequently. We are an older couple in our 70s and completed the...More

2  Thank pipi_on_the_go
Reviewed 1 June 2017 via mobile

This is my second time doing the Nakasendo between Magome and Tsumago, and I still enjoyed every step. We started from Magome (steep ascent, gradual descent) on a drizzly morning, and took our time wandering through Magome-juku, looking through the various shops. Once out of...More

2  Thank J00lsC
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

We arrived at Nagiso station from Kyoto around midday and caught the local bus (¥300pp) to our ryokan at Otsumago. From there we stashed our bags and walked back down into Tsumago, which is beautiful and enjoyable and nibbled on udon for a late lunch!...More

5  Thank Brooke B
Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

We started the hike from Tsumago and it took about 2 hours to arrive at Magome. Tsumago is less commercial than Magome, so feels more authentic as a postal town. The first 6 Km was mostly uphill and the last 2 km was downhill. We...More

2  Thank YappsHK
Reviewed 9 May 2017

An easy walk and a way to see villages as they were during the Edo period. Stop off at a traditional inn/guesthouse to complete the experience. The start of the walk is a bit touristy but very soon becomes less busy.

1  Thank John_MtEden
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

I love this trail. It is very simple and charming. You can do very easily but there are some up hills not ao easy for people who is not used to do trails. The path has a lot of good surprises.

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Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

just finished 11day/10night walk nakasendo way guided walk with walk japan group of 9 from victoria australia, all around 70 years old most wonderful experience walked between 8 and 24 km/day up & down, very challenging at times used taxis/buses/trains between walks did 130 km...More

3  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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6 July 2017|
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Response from jaumeAlaska | Reviewed this property |
it may be a bit cold A day trip between Tsumago and adjoining towns may be doable. I suggest checking with a touring company; we used Walk Japan to get more detail on lodging etc.
Gigi S
2 May 2017|
Response from Michael K | Reviewed this property |
June should be nice weather wise. Watch out for crowds during Cherry Blossom Week We were there for Fall Colors in October