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Nakasendo self-guided walking 3 days Day 1 Hike from Magome to Tsumago We supply train tickets for your journey from Kyoto (or from Tokyo) to Nakatsugawa, including a ride on the world-famous Shinkansen (Bullet Train) to Nagoya. At Nakatsugawa, you board a local bus for the short journey to Magome. Walk over Magome Pass to Tsumago, one of the best-preserved and most evocative of the Nakasendo post-towns. Spend the night at a family-run Minshuku in Tsumago or the nearby hamlet of O-Tsumago, with a delicious home-cooked Japanese dinner and breakfast included. After dinner, enjoy a stroll through the village streets in the magical quiet of the evening, wearing the yukata gown supplied by your inn. Walking distance: 8.3km / 5.2 miles Elevation gain: 326m / 1,069 feet of ascent and 430m / 1,410 feet of descent Time required: About 3 hours Accommodation: Tsumago or O-Tsumago - Minshuku (Family-run Guesthouse) Meals: Dinner Day 2 Hike from Tsumago to Nojiri The longest day on the trail is a beautiful and varied hike from Tsumago to Nojiri. Or choose the shorter alternative to Nagiso instead. The trail travels through small valleys and past forests of bamboo and Japanese cedar, through some of the least-developed scenery on the tour. Continue by train to Kiso-Fukushima. Stay at a lovely hotspring Ryokan set in a peaceful valley above the t. Complimentary transfer from the station is provided by the Ryokan. The Ryokan has lovely indoor and outdoor hot-spring baths. Walking distance: 18.4km/ 11.5 miles Elevation gain: 723m / 2,275 feet of ascent and 644m / 2,112 feet of descent Time required: About 6 hours We offer a shorter alternative of 1 hour (3.7km / 2.3 miles). You can choose which option you prefer on the day - no need to decide in advance! Accommodation: Kiso-Fukushima - Onsen Ryokan (Hot-spring Travellers Inn) Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Day 3 Hike from Yabuhara to Narai The Ryokan will drive you back to Kiso-Fukushima after breakfast. We supply train tickets for the short journey from Kiso-Fukushima to Yabuhara, starting point for the hike over the Torii pass to Narai. Explore this atmospheric village before boarding your train for the journey onwards to your preference of Tokyo or Kyoto, arriving late afternoon. Walking distance: 6.2km / 3.9 miles Elevation gain: 344m / 1,128 feet of ascent and 270m / 885 feet of descent Time required: About 3 hours In Kiso-Fukushima we offer an optional, fairly strenuous, circular walk to a local waterfall. The circular walk is 7km / 4.3 miles with 632m / 2,075 feet of ascent, 637m / 2,090 feet of descent and takes 2-3 hours. You can take this walk in the morning, before heading onwards to Yabuhara.

Nakasendo self-guided walking 3 days Day 1 Hike from Magome to Tsumago We supply train tickets for your journey from Kyoto (or from Tokyo) to Nakatsugawa, including a ride on the world-famous Shinkansen (Bullet Train) to Nagoya. At Nakatsugawa, you board a local bus for the short journey to Magome. Walk over Magome Pass to Tsumago, one of the best-preserved and most evocative of the Nakasendo post-towns. Spend the night at a family-run Minshuku in Tsumago or the nearby hamlet of O-Tsumago, with a delicious home-cooked Japanese dinner and breakfast included. After dinner, enjoy a stroll through the village streets in the magical quiet of the evening, wearing the yukata gown supplied by your inn. Walking distance: 8.3km / 5.2 miles Elevation gain: 326m / 1,069 feet of ascent and 430m / 1,410 feet of descent Time required: About 3 hours Accommodation: Tsumago or O-Tsumago - Minshuku (Family-run Guesthouse) Meals: Dinner Day 2 Hike from Tsumago to Nojiri The longest day on the trail is a beautiful and varied hike from Tsumago to Nojiri. Or choose the shorter alternative to Nagiso instead. The trail travels through small valleys and past forests of bamboo and Japanese cedar, through some of the least-developed scenery on the tour. Continue by train to Kiso-Fukushima. Stay at a lovely hotspring Ryokan set in a peaceful valley above the t. Complimentary transfer from the station is provided by the Ryokan. The Ryokan has lovely indoor and outdoor hot-spring baths. Walking distance: 18.4km/ 11.5 miles Elevation gain: 723m / 2,275 feet of ascent and 644m / 2,112 feet of descent Time required: About 6 hours We offer a shorter alternative of 1 hour (3.7km / 2.3 miles). You can choose which option you prefer on the day - no need to decide in advance! Accommodation: Kiso-Fukushima - Onsen Ryokan (Hot-spring Travellers Inn) Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Day 3 Hike from Yabuhara to Narai The Ryokan will drive you back to Kiso-Fukushima after breakfast. We supply train tickets for the short journey from Kiso-Fukushima to Yabuhara, starting point for the hike over the Torii pass to Narai. Explore this atmospheric village before boarding your train for the journey onwards to your preference of Tokyo or Kyoto, arriving late afternoon. Walking distance: 6.2km / 3.9 miles Elevation gain: 344m / 1,128 feet of ascent and 270m / 885 feet of descent Time required: About 3 hours In Kiso-Fukushima we offer an optional, fairly strenuous, circular walk to a local waterfall. The circular walk is 7km / 4.3 miles with 632m / 2,075 feet of ascent, 637m / 2,090 feet of descent and takes 2-3 hours. You can take this walk in the morning, before heading onwards to Yabuhara.

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