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This was one of the highlights of our trip.

We walked from Nagiso Station to Magome and loved every step of the way. So beautiful and peaceful... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Melbourne, Australia
Really Worth It

Like a lot of folks I recommend taking the bus from Tsumago up to Magone and walking back down... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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This historic footpath through the Kiso Valley connects the villages of Tsumago and Magome. The partially paved trail is approximately 8 kilometers in length and passes by several historic and natural wonders.
Nagiso-machi, Kiso-gun, Nagano Prefecture
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked from Nagiso Station to Magome and loved every step of the way. So beautiful and peaceful flowing water along the way.

Thank Bronni
Reviewed 1 week ago

Like a lot of folks I recommend taking the bus from Tsumago up to Magone and walking back down. Most of the hike is through forested areas with the occasional house or village popping up. Both towns were worth a look, too, as some of...More

Thank oyeah2015
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Over 3 days we walked the trail. From between towns to totally being in the mountains. Most of the time next to the clear running river. The hardest and longest day for us was Nagiso to Nojiri. Lots of uphill through forest paths. Very quiet...More

Thank KatenTroy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was my 2nd favourite part of Japan. It is not a long hike, but you walk through forest, ancient (living) villages, farmland, and a great tea house run by volunteers. So many tourists, but also Japanese on the trail. It is worth the trip...More

1  Thank PubGatto
Reviewed 12 September 2018

My son (age 18) & I (age 54) just completed a 93 km section of the Nakasendo... would love to come back and do more in future. We were interested in both the history of the route and the route itself, winding through the hills...More

Thank Steve D
Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile

We walked Tsumago to Magome on a hot muggy day and was really nice apart from the heat. And that wasn't too bad once you got up intp the higher parts. We took about 2 and a half hours which was a slow but steady...More

2  Thank Dennis J
Reviewed 4 September 2018

Shinrin-yuko translate to 'forest medicine'. You won't find this in Tokyo but it is available in abundance on the Nakasendo Way. In the middle of summer it's a quite the hike. Just the way I like it. And you can cool off in the Otaki...More

Thank Wayne I
Reviewed 2 July 2018

We walked from Tsumagojuku to Magomejuky. The walk is nice, 8km steadily uphill with some steeper grades but nothing too difficult. The teahouse in the middle is great, then you can make another stop at a café to taste some delicious Gohei Mochi. The highlights...More

5  Thank PhilBeaudoin
Reviewed 24 June 2018

If you like hiking for a few hours through beautiful forested trails interspersed with small communities, paddy fields and sounds of Japan's nightingale, the uguisu, then this is for you. The well marked trail is between two historic postal towns, Tsumago - juku and Magome...More

3  Thank Sullykerry
Reviewed 15 June 2018

We walked this 8 kilometre stretch of the highway in pouring rain (most of the way). Despite this we were well equipped with rainwear from nearby Magome. The walk is stunning through field edges, by quaint water wheels and sheltered woodlands with beautiful plant life....More

2  Thank couteaufin
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Joanne C
16 September 2018|
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Response from Steve D | Reviewed this property |
Hi - My son & I walked this last week as part of a 6 day walk along the Nakasendo. From Magome to Tsumago is a 12km hike, with the first section uphill over the Magome pass on the good and well-marked Nakasendo Way trail. We... More
7 April 2018|
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Response from FloridaMarvin | Reviewed this property |
Hi, San Diego! I have copied for you my review of Hotel Kisoji - the wonderful place we stayed 2 nights to do the Nakasendo Trail. It is a bit pricey but we felt it was well worth it. The outdoor onsens surrounded by... More
Karen N
15 February 2018|
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Response from salsal61 | Reviewed this property |
In the snow I wore snow boots and friends wore hiking boots. Sturdy sneakers should be fine although depending when you are going, track could be wet.