Walking Nakasendo – Torii-toge Pass

 Torii-toge pass was probably the hardest part of Nakasendo trail during the Edo Period. Who could imagine that, in twenty-first century , countless people from overseas are enjoying the hiking on Torii-toge?

 JR Yabuhara station. Very quiet local station with no station staff attended. Spacey car park free of charge.

 Stone paving (石畳, ishidatami)

 View of Yabuhara town from the pass.

 The trail between two post towns, Yabuhara and Narai, is well maintained and easy to walk. Nevertheless, we feel a sense of accomplishment when we reach the Ontake shrine located at the highest point of the pass.

 Most of visitors go through the Torii-toge unconsciously using the short cut. If you carefully follow the signboard situated at the intersection, you will reach the point shown on this photo.

 This is the highest point of Torii-toge pass.

 Stone paving on Narai side.

 Nice restaurant is on the other side of railway.

 JR Narai station.