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“Hiking the Nakasendo with Fusao Ariga, Japan Travelogue”

Nakasendo Walking Trail
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$965.00*
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3-Day or 4-Day Self-Guided Hike on Nakasendo...
Ranked #1 of 64 things to do in Nakatsugawa
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed October 15, 2013

My wife and I, both 64, in decent though not great shape, walked the Nakasendo trail for approximately 65 miles over 7 days in September
2013. We were led by Fusao Ariga of Japan Travelogue, who displayed a great combo of being reserved and informative, as well as flexible to our needs and readily made adjustments to situations that came up during the week's travel. For the most part, we stayed in traditional inns, where the food was generally very good. All the innkeepers knew Fusao well (as best we could tell, since we speak no Japanese) and were very welcoming. During our week, we saw less than 20 other hikers (just two Japanese) along the route. Fusao is trilingual (Japanese, English and Finnish, though we can't vouch for the latter), and is very knowledgeable. He also set up our 3 day stay in Tokyo, got us in to see sumo wrestling (one of his passions) and into several restaurants we could not have found on our own. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED especially if you want to get off the beaten path and enjoy unique experiences in a foreign culture.

4  Thank ralphbriskin
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

This is the ancient Samurai road. One part - and the most famous part - is from Magome to Tsuamgo. An Absolute must for the hiker or even in family

1  Thank Laurent D
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

Three of us hiked this trail for around 100 km at the end of April. The cherry blossoms were still out, and added to the beauty of this amazing ancient trail. We stayed in traditional inns, where the food was generally very good. All innkeepers were friendly and welcoming. This is a unique experience, one that few europeans, and indeed few Japanese undertake.
Our guide was Fusao Ariga. He's fluently trilingual (Japanese, English and Finnish (!), and is very knowledgable about the history of the trail and Japan in general. His choice of inns was excellent, and he looked after us extremely well. I doubt if you could find someone better if you want to hike in Japan.

7  Thank gourmettrekker
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

This is an easy walking trail, beautiful forest and views. We met interesting people on the way. We started mid-way and avoided the climb by taking the bus half way because one friend could not walk well, it was therefore easy for them that way.

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Reviewed December 27, 2012

Ancient trail used by traveler for hundreds of years. Well preserved traditional Japanese houses and natural a like.

1  Thank Alex L
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