Kiso valley, Japan

Enjoy attractive walk through scenic old towns of Kiso Valley

One of the main route to travel between Kyoto and Edo in ancient Japan, the Nakasendo now is the biggest draw among tourists to Kiso Valley in Nagano Prefecture. Walking along the scenic trail throughout centuries-old post towns is a typically authentic cultural experience that takes you back in time to a bygone era. The best-loved leg of the Nakasendo in Kiso is the trail from Magome to Tsumago, two impeccably preserved post towns representing spectacular Japanese countryside. The hike is  relatively gentle with around 3 hours of walking at a leisurely pace, covering about eight kilometers through the forest, local houses and fields. At the bottom of the valley, Magome town enjoys stunning views of nearby Mt. Ena, along with beautifully stone slab paved streets and several museums to visit. Meanwhile, Tsumago, in the heart of Southern Kiso, has excellently preserved its old-world charm: the single-story wooden inns, tranquil townscapes with hanging paper lanterns and the ruins of Tsumago Castle, making it a great stop to learn about the history of the area and the country. 

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A Fusion of Japan

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Visit a Tokyo’s Sumo Stable in the morning training session to see the strongest guys practice from up close

Discover the different allures of Tokyo in Asakusa and Harajuku, from old temple of Sensoji to trendy streets of Omotesando

Find memories of the Edo era while visiting Matsumoto Castle and Nakamachi-dori district

Enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere and idyllic scene of Japanese countryside in Daio Wasabi Farm

Take a scenic hike through Kamikochi valley’s spectacular sightseeing spots and the surrounding Japan Alps

Get off the beaten path in Kiso valley with ancient nature trails surrounded by verdant forests and nicely preserved post towns

Savor your time in the beautiful old town vibes of Takayama with century-old streets, traditional ryokan, vibrant local markets and museums

Experience laid back rural lifestyle in the historic villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama

Be immersed in Japanese culture, exploring some of Kyoto’s 17 World Heritage Sites and awesome places

Head to the 8th-century capital of Nara to visit the deer park, Todaiji Temple and Kasuga Taisha shrine

Explore Koyasan, the sacred mountain of Shingon Buddhism with its holy temples, extraordinary cemetery and moving morning prayers

Uncover the foodie heaven in Osaka with ample chances of tasting local dishes

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Ancient Trails to Heart of Japan

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Experience the thrill of the bullet train between Kyoto and Nagoya

Take part in a 3-day trip of hiking along the ancient trail Nakasendo

Walk through the most popular section from Magome and Tsumago and the most difficult between Yabuhara and Narai

Indulge in the enchanting charms of the old post towns of Magome, Tsumago, and Narai

Enjoy the Japanese hospitality while staying overnight at traditional ryokan

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Western Wonders of Japan

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Walk along cobblestone streets and admire the historic sekisho, or barrier station of Kiso-Fukushima, the largest post town in Kiso valley

Experience the most popular section of Nakasendo ancient trail and explore the well-preserved post towns of Tsumago and Magome

Hop on a fun biking tour around Kyoto, Japan’s cultural capital, and its famed attractions

Explore the hidden gems of Iya Valley, including pristine mountain scenery, ancient vine bridges and historical farm houses

Spend a day relaxing in the pleasant atmosphere of Ritsurin Park and seeing Edo-era heritage buildings in Shikoku Village

Get an exclusive in-depth access to the unique Naoshima island with visits to its museums and artworks scattered throughout the town

Learn part of Japan’s history while visiting Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park & Museum

Admire the impressive vermillion gate of Itsukushima Shrine and the sacred Misen Mount on Miyajima Island

Contemplate the spectacular views of Mount Aso from the vantage point of Mount Daikanbo

Enjoy watching Takachiho Kagura Dance, a nightly ceremonial dance performance at Takachiho Shrine

See a close up view of the famous Takachiho Gorge and the 1200 year-old Takachiho Shrine

Take part in a 3-day journey of hiking and exploring the ancient forest trail of Yakushima Island

Discover the volcanic island of Sakurajima and enjoy relaxing time in Nagisa Park Foot Bath

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