Travel Guide to Nakasendo

Magome juku with its famous steep slope

The Nakasendo Trail is an historic route in Japan, stretching approximately 534 km (332 miles) between Kyoto and Edo (modern-day Tokyo). It’s now very famous with hikers from all around the world, although the most beautiful part of the trail are between Magome and Tsumago.

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The trail winds through the heart of Japan, passing through picturesque valleys, mountains, and traditional post-towns where travellers could rest and resupply. You can still do this today, even though the accommodation and restaurants are modernised.

The stretch between Magome and Tsumago can be done as a day trip from Nagoya.

Region: Central Honshu, spanning from Kyoto to Tokyo
Climate: Varies from temperate in valleys to more varied in mountainous areas
Major Highlights: Crosses historic towns like Magome, Tsumago, and Narai
Local Food & Drinks: Soba noodles, locally foraged mushrooms, and river fish

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