Luxury Nakasendo Trail Village to Village Walk 4D3N, Self Guided

From A$2,800.00 Per Person, Twin Share

At a Glance

Master the art of time travel in Japan on this thrilling 4-day adventure through the 17th-century Nakasendo Trail. Soak up the Kiso Valley's beautiful nature, discover fascinating history and indulge in regional culinary delights as you hike through Edo-era villages, ancient forests, and dramatic mountain passes that adorn this iconic region from Kyoto to Matsumoto.

Begin your hike in the beautifully preserved post town of Magome, follow the trail and marvel at some of the most well-preserved treasures of the Nakasendo Way. Relax and savour culinary delights at the local restaurants before walking over Magome Pass to Tsumago. Visit the twice-right-angled Masugata Street and enjoy the feeling of stepping back in time as you explore the wonders of the pretty town. Walk through picturesque scenery as you tour Nojiri, turn around ...

Trip Highlights

  • Hike country trails and quiet rural roads, with some gentle ascents and descents
  • Immerse yourself in the excitement of village to village walking on the loveliest parts of the old Nakasendo Trail
  • Bathe in the thermal waters at a hot spring, and marvel at the quaint architectural gems of the picturesque Kiso Valley
  • Join a pleasant walk to explore Nojiri and the centre of Nagiso, a town overflowing with deep history, fascinating culture, and beautiful nature
  • Enjoy the feeling of stepping back in time as you explore the wonders of the pretty town of Tsumago
  • Visit the exquisitely-preserved villages of Magome, soaking up its cascading waterfalls, and beautiful mountain vistas
  • Relish peaceful overnight stays in Tsumago, Kiso-Fukushima, and Narai enjoying state-of-the-art facilities provided for your comfort.
  • Savour delicious local dishes and pick up beautifully crafted memorabilia at different souvenir shops in the old post town of Narai

What's Included

  • Enjoy Kiso region's culinary delights, with ingredients sourced from local and surrounding lush mountains. 3x breakfasts, 3x dinners
  • 3 nights handpicked boutique accommodation along Nakasendo Way on a twin share basis. All rooms have ensuites
  • Luggage transfers during walking
  • Train tickets from Kyoto Station or Tokyo Station to Nakatsugawa Station (reserved seats, standard class) Upgrade to Green Class (First Class) train tickets are available at an additional cost
  • Tickets for local trains
  • Info pack (Nakasendo map, trip notes, train tickets) to be mailed to your nominated hotel in Japan


Hotel Fukinomori, Nagano
Onyado Tsutaya or Tsutaya Urara or Tokinoyado Kazari, Nagano
Breakfast, Dinner
Tobira Onsen Myojinkan, Nagano
Breakfast, Dinner

Dates & Prices

Daily departure on request. Japanese holiday season surcharge applies. We will confirm the price at time of booking. Please contact us for group bookings.


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How To Get There

- The departure point is Kyoto
- The finishing point is Matsumoto.

Departing from Tokyo can also be arranged. We can customise the itinerary to suit your travel needs.

Walking Distance

Day 1 Magome to Tsumago Walk
Total Walking Distance: 8 km, approx. 3 hours

Day 2 Tsumago to Nojiri Walk (Yokawa Forest Route)
Total Walking Distance: Tsumago to Nojiri: approx. 18.4 km, approx. 6 hours. Elevation at 723 m.
Easier walking option: walk from Nagiso to Nojiri, 15.3km, 4-5 hours, by using local bus to shorten walking distance.

Day 3 Yabuhara to Narai Walk (Torii Pass)
Total Walking Distance: 6.3 km, approx. 3.5 hours

Day 4
No Walk

Weather & Climate

Japan's weather and climate features four distinct seasons.

Spring is from March to May. It's perhaps one of the very best times to visit Japan as temperatures are pleasantly warm without being too hot, with daytime temperatures ranging between 21°C to 26°C. The country is ablaze with beautiful white and pink cherry blossom and plenty festivals to enjoy.

Summer is from June to August and the country experiences a three to four-week rainy season. It is hot and humid during this time and temperatures are often in the high 30’s. If you plan on visiting Japan during the summer weather, northern areas such as Hokkaido or the mountains of Tohoku or Chubu are the most comfortable places to escape the heat.

Autumn is from September to November and is characterised by light breezes and cooler temperatures of around 8-10°C. It is also a wonderful time to visit Japan. The country turns into a haven of red and scarlet leaves which contrast strikingly against the deep blue clear skies and almost as impressive as the stunning cherry blossoms.

Winter is from December to February. It is a magical time to visit as the landscape is turned white with snow. It's the perfect time to go skiing or check out the hot springs, especially venture to the ski slopes of Hokkaido or Nagano. It's Okinawa is a great place to visit during the winter as it is not quite as cold as the rest of Japan’s weather.

Other Information

Onlyluxe Travel acts as travel agency and work with different tour operators.

Payment Detail
All pricing is in Australian dollars and are quoted on a per person twin share basis. A supplementary price is available (see below). Bookings are not confirmed until full payment and the signed Booking Form has been received by Onlyluxe Travel.

A non-refundable 30% deposit is payable within 7 days of your booking, with the final balance due 60 days prior to departure. If a booking is made 60 days or less before departure, the full payment is payable immediately. Last minute bookings are payable before arrival. Failure to pay on time may result in automatic cancellation of a booking with cancellation penalties payable to Onlyluxe Travel. If you pay by credit card or PayPal a surcharge will be added to the total price.

Single Supplement
All accommodation is twin share. Single guests will share with someone of the same gender. If a single room is demanded, a supplementary price of will apply. The supplementary price refers to our quotation and needs to be stipulated at the time of booking.

General Cancellation Policies
- Outside of 60 days monies will be refunded less 30% of full fee
- Within 60 days prior to arrival all monies will be forfeited
- No refunds will be given in the event of non-arrival, any unused services or unused nights due to flight or weather disruption
- We strongly recommend guests protect themselves with travel insurance and medical insurance

Please Note: Cancellations must be advised in email and will take effect from the date they are received.

The participant agrees to indemnify Onlyluxe Travel, and its servant, tour operator and agents, in relation to any liability, loss and damage which the tour operator, or its servants and/or agents may incur as a result of the participants, negligence or misconduct during the tour.

Smoking is not permitted on the bus, or in tents or in other accommodation being used by tour operator at the time that a trip is being conducted.

Child Policy
Please consult travel consultant on age limit.

Changes to Itineraries
Local conditions may necessitate changes to sightseeing, walking and driving routes, camping and accommodation locations. While every effort will be made to provide the services and experiences as offered in our brochure, on our website, and in our trip letters, we reserve the right to vary your itinerary. In the event that we are forced to change your arrangements, substitute arrangements of a similar standard will be provided. The tour operator will not be liable where interruptions to itineraries are caused by weather conditions, technical problems to transport used by the tour operator, industrial action, political or civil commotion or other circumstances beyond our control. We refer you to the conditions regarding travel insurance.

Changes in Prices
While we will do its utmost to honour its pricing unforeseen circumstances may mean that prices may be subject to change without notice.

Pre-Existing Medical Conditions and Age Limits
You need to advise Onlyluxe travel and the tour operator on any pre-existing medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of your requiring medical attention, or that might affect the normal conduct of a trip and the enjoyment of other trip members. Onlyluxe Travel and the tour operator may require an assessment of your medical condition from a qualified medical practitioner. If you fail to adequately notify the tour operator of any pre-existing medical conditions and/or disability, the tour operator reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your participation in a trip at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other trip members.

Cancellation by The Tour Operator
The walks take place in very special wilderness settings. The tour operator is at the mercy of nature in all her beauty and all her fury. The tour operator will under no circumstance knowingly place at risk the health and well-being of our guests and guides. In the case of natural threats, acts of God and the like (e.g. bushfires, impassable snow, etc) the tour operator may need to cancel a walk with very little notice. In some cases, this can occur after the walk has commenced. The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any walk up to 60 days prior to departure if a minimum of 4 walkers are unable to meet for a tour. If the tour operator needs to cancel for any reason, the cost of the walk or any other costs associated with travel to the designated pick up point, overnight accommodation, meals, etc will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance be taken out prior to travel.

Force Majeure
'Force Majeure' means (without restriction) any event which Onlyluxe Travel or its third party providers could not, even with due care, foresee or avoid. Force Majeure covers events such as, but not limited to, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events beyond our control. In the case of Force Majeure Onlyluxe Travel will not accept liability, and reserves the right to change and cancel trips.

In rare circumstances, due to injury or unforeseen illness, the tour operator may need to evacuate you from a remote part of the walk. Helicopter evacuations are expensive and in most cases will be at a cost to the customer.

For Australian residents, under the Australian Government Medicare Act, it is prohibited for any domestic travel insurance product to provide any financial reimbursement with regard to ambulance or air ambulance services. We therefore strongly advise our customers to take specific ambulance cover through their health insurance provider. Evacuation cost will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore it is also strongly recommended that our customers take out travel insurance to cover (amongst other things) the costs associated with evacuation.

Travel Insurance
In view of the heavy cancellation penalties applied to cancelled reservations in certain circumstances, we strongly recommends suitable travel insurance be purchased at the time the holding deposit is paid. We recommend insurance cover that covers any loss which may be suffered due to cancellation. We also strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance against loss of baggage and medical expenses.

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