Walk on the ancient Nakasendo Highway

The ancient Nakasendo Highway was a key trade route through the heart of Japan from the 1600s, but fell into decline in the 20th century. But more recently many of the Edo style streets and buildings of the Nakasendo station towns, scattered along the highway, have been restored and protected by the local government, preserving their unique ambience. This makes the Kiso Valley one of the very best places in Japan to visit for those who want to experience ancient Japan and do some walking. It is a different world here to the massive futuristic cities you are likely to stay in elsewhere on your tour.

The two most attractive and famous towns in the Kiso region are Magome and Tsumago, which are traffic-free and rich in traditional buildings, giving them a delightful old world atmosphere. They are connected by a well signposted hiking trail (around 7km) which leads over a small peak, and through pleasant scenery of farmlands, waterfalls and forests. For those looking to spend longer in the region, there are other passes of the Naksendo Highway that can be walked – please ask your consultant for more details.

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