Walking Tours

One-Day Hike with Nakasendo Monster

 The map below shows the Old Nakasendo Highway, the national route connecting Kyoto and Edo (Tokyo) during the Edo Period (1603-1867). While most parts of the Old Nakasendo have been destroyed or disappeared with the modernization of Japan after the Meiji period, we can still see numerous historical remnants in the Kiso Valley, especially on the passes in the mountainous trail.

 The part displayed in the translucent frame on the map above is the Territory of Nakasendo Monster. It is the southern part of Nagano prefecture, and Kiso Valley lies in the area. In the map below, you can see the detail of the Kiso district. Each point with the numbers corresponds to the One-Day Hike course introduced below. (Click the map to enlarge it)

1. Magome Pass – Magome to Tsumago Hike

 It is possible to say that Magome to Tsumago hike is the most popular activity within the Kiso area, especially for people traveling to Japan for the first time. The walking distance is only 8.5km, and uphill is about 200m. Check the following articles with photos.

 Jun. 2019 Tsumago to Magome (English)
 Jan. 2023 Magome toTsumago (English)
 Dec. 2019 Smoke-Beam in Tsumago (English)
 May. 2022 Nagiso to Magome (Japanese)

2. Nenoue Pass (Yogawa trail) – Nagiso to Nojiri Hike

 You can enjoy this beautiful trail all year round. The hike starts at Nagiso (Midono post town) and ends at Nojiri post town. The total walking distance is about 16 km (10 miles), and the elevation difference is about 400 meters. Read more on the following articles.

 Jan. 2023 (English)
 Nov. 2019 (English and Japanese)

3. Suhara Trail – Nojiri to Suhara Hike

 Enjoy a picturesque region with lush rice terraces! The distance is short (5km), but we visit two distinctive post towns and three temples. The highlight of this trail is a very unusual terrain left behind by a meandering cut of the Kiso river and a tremendous upheaval in this area.

 Jan. 2023 Unique Geology and Three Temples(English)
 Jul. 2021 Joshoji-Temple in Suhara (Japanese)
 Mar. 2021 Nojiri to Suhara post town (Japanese)

4. Fukushima Post Town – Hike around Kiso-Fukushima

 The Fukushima-juku is the 37th post town from Nihonbashi (Tokyo) and has the middle point of Nakasendo in town. Today, it is still the administrative center of the Kiso district. Let’s walk around the surrounding area. If you visit old castle ruins, beautiful waterfalls, and deep forests, the atmosphere of this historic town will surely fascinate you.

 Feb. 2021 Kiso town 3 hour hike (Japanese)
 Jul. 2019 Suimu Shrine Annual Festival (English)
 Jul. 2019 Suimu Shrine Annual Festival (Japanese)

5. Ontake Kodo Trail – Spiritual Hike

 Jul. 2022 Ontake Kodo Trail & Sacred Waterfalls
 Aug. 2020 Walking Ontake Kodo Trail
 GoNagano Hike – Guided by Nakasendo Monster (English)

6. Mt. Ontake Climb

 Mt. Ontake is 3,067 meters high in altitude and the second highest volcano in Japan after Mount Fuji. The mountain repeated numerous eruptions for over sixty thousand years and formed an extensive caldera volcano. Walking the trail from Kengamine peak to San-no-ike (3rd pond), we can enjoy a diversified landscape surrounding three craters.

 Oct. 2021 2 Days Hike Through Marishiten (Japanese)
 Aug. 2020 Rainy season is over! (Japanese)
 Oct. 2019 Crater Hunting on Mt.Ontake (English)
 Jul. 2019 First Climb After the Disaster (Japanese)

Old Hida Trail – 7. Nishino Pass and 8. Nagamine Pass

 Between Takayama and Kiso, there were more than a thousand years of coming and going. People call this old trail the Hida-Kaido. Unfortunately, most of Hida-Kaido has been abandoned or disappeared since the construction of roadway 361, but we can still find some parts of the old route and enjoy walking. Nakasendo Monster is now working on the project to restore and maintain those abandoned parts of the trail.

 Click to see the location of Old Hida Trail

 Apr. 2022 Salted Yellowtail (English)
 Nov. 2021 Kohiwada to Nagamine Pass (Japanese)
 Nov. 2021 Sekiya Pass & Nishino Pass (Japanese)
 Dec. 2019 Jizo Pass & Nishino Pass (English)

9. Torii Pass – Yabuhara to Narai Hike

 Jun. 2022 Yabuhara to Narai, Hirasawa (Japanese)
 Aug. 2020 Torii Pass and Narai in Summer Fes (Japanese)
 Jun. 2019 Walking Nakasendo – Torii Pass (English)

10. Wada Pass – Wada to Shimosuwa Hike

 Nov. 2020 Wada Pass in Autumn (Japanese)
 May. 2020 Wada Pass in Spring (Japanese)
 GoNagano’s Wada Pass Hike – Guided by Nakasendo Monster (English)

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The guiding fee for a one-day walking tour is 35,000 to 50,000 yen (for max, 6 people).
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