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.
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