Nakasendo Trail walking tour, Japan
One of our top Japan walking vacations is all about departing the crowds and experiencing Japan’s rural side. Walking from village to village along the Nakasendo trail, you’ll do just that, eating and sleeping in family run inns and shukubo.
US $4420 excluding flights
There is a single room supplement of $525 per person, which will guarantee you a single room in the Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto hotels
Description of Nakasendo Trail walking tour, Japan
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8 Reviews of Nakasendo Trail walking tour, Japan
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 19 Apr 2023 by Ruby WaxThis is the greatest trip I've ever taken. I loved our guide Satoko who had a great sense of humor... and the locations seemed untouched by tourism... I will be using you again in the future. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Nov 2022 by Maggie CookeNot just a walking vacation, a real immersion in Japanese culture and history... Brilliant and Our guide was faultless. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Nov 2019 by Jane LoweIt was a wonderful vacation. We had a really lovely group of people to travel with and a great guide - flexible, knowledgeable, fun. Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Oct 2019 by Margaret SneddonThe food provided in the inns was a great experience. Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Jul 2019 by Louis TassinaryThere were many great parts but if forced to pick we’d say our stay at the Tsuruya Ryokan and our walk from Karuizawa to Yokokawa Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Dec 2018 by Tracey BournerI loved Nara and all the amazing temples there. The meals we had were ridiculously good, especially the farewell meal and the vegan food at the temple lodgings in Koyasan. The post towns on the Nakasendo Trail were beautiful... Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Aug 2018 by Caroline HartiganThe most memorable parts of the vacation were...the beauty of the Japanese landscape and the friendliness of the people we met. The wonderful foods, some of which we had never experienced before. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Apr 2018 by Ruth PattersonExperiencing the Onsens, seeing a whole valley flowering with cherry blossom, eating lots and lots of extraordinary food. A guide who was always patient and smiling and couldn't do enough to make sure every single person got what they wanted. Read full review
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
Planet1. Protection of Local environment
Our tours are all small-group, both avoiding the need for large vehicles and hotels, and ensuring we don’t overwhelm the places we visit.
Where our tours use mountain or countryside trails, we ensure that we don’t damage vegetation by using only established trails. We leave what we find, so no taking of plants, rocks, archaeological artefacts, etc.
2. Wild life
We respect wildlife by avoiding quick movements, loud noises, getting too close and feeding animals. We help with the preservation of local culture by educating visitors about local traditions and crafts, and making the history and culture a central theme of their visit.
We reduce the consumption of energy by unplugging all electronic appliances when leaving the office. During the day when it is bright we use natural sunlight and avoid turning on the light. During the summers we use electric fans instead of air conditioners.
We follow the principles of ‘Leave no Trace’ on our walking tours. We do not leave behind any waste on our tours. On our walking tours we dispose of all waste properly to avoid contamination of water sources. We avoid as much the use of paper, and do as much of our marketing as possible on-line, using internet fax and avoid printing out paper. When we do print we use double side as much as possible.
We use local public transport as much as possible where this is an option, lessening the environmental impact of extra vehicles on small country roads.
We encourage our employees to walk/bike to the office
PeopleA fair deal
We work only with small local businesses rather than international chains, and where possible we source goods and supplies locally, using only small, locally-owned and run accommodation and restaurants. This ensures that as much as possible of the money remains within the local economy.
For our accommodations where possible we choose to use locally family inn run by family for generations. On this Nakasendo Trip we use Daikichi an accommodation that has run in the family for three generations.
We higher local staff and provide sickness and vacations benefits. The local staff is given full responsibility of tour operations encouraging great responsibility and fostering management skills.
Our tours often visit the lesser-known (but equally enchanting) areas of the countries we visit, and this helps to spread the economic benefit of tourism more evenly.
Small group tourism encourages young people who would otherwise leave to find work in the cities to stay and start small-scale sustainable enterprises that cater to visitors. We try to avoid the destinations that cater to mass-market tourism, taking our guest to the lesser-known but if not more rewarding places that larger tour companies tend to avoid due to their unsuitability for large groups. This means our clients money will end up in small community that may have little in the way of work for its young people.
2. Local Crafts & Culture
To offer unique, engaging and educative tours which take visitors to lesser-known countries and regions, and introduce them to the culture, history and traditions of the people who live there. We provide cultural classes which help spread and preserve the culture, knowledge and traditions of the locals. We also encourage our tour leaders to have a deep knowledge of the local people and culture. They have often lived and worked locally for many years. By traveling the quieter backroads and encouraging personal contact with the local people, we reveal a side of these countries that most visitors never see.
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