Nakasendo Walking Trail (Tsumago), Nagiso-machi

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Hiking Trail
A moderate 7.8 km (4.7 mi) hike between two scenic traditional villages and forests, Nakasendo Walking Trail (Tsumago) offers a combination of historic Japan and alpine nature. Enjoy charming villages with authentic wooden architecture on this well-maintained trail through the Japanese Alps, marked in English and Japanese. Part of an ancient, 1,200-year-old road, the hike between two old postal villages leads through maples, cypresses, wisteria, and bamboo, with toilet facilities along the way. Don’t forget to ring a bell to scare off black bears before you hike. Arrange your visit to Nakasendo Walking Trail (Tsumago) and discover more family-friendly attractions in Nagiso-machi using our Nagiso-machi family vacation planner.
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  • 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 coup...  more »
  • 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 wa...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »