Nakasendo self guided walking tour

Price
£1325To£3135 excluding flights
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Duration
10 Days
Type
Tailor made
Group size
4-13
More info
Various options from 6 days (£1325) to 10 days (£2380) with accommodation, daily dinner and breakfast, train tickets to and from the trail, day-by-day itinerary and walking instructions, walking map, local phone support.
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Description of Nakasendo self guided walking tour

Price information

£1325To£3135 excluding flights
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Various options from 6 days (£1325) to 10 days (£2380) with accommodation, daily dinner and breakfast, train tickets to and from the trail, day-by-day itinerary and walking instructions, walking map, local phone support.
Make enquiry

Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Travel guides

Japan walking
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Self guided walking
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Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

You will experience the ‘satoyama’ landscape of rural Japan, the border area between arable flat land where rice is grown, and the mountains. Managed sustainably over centuries, it is biologically diverse and supports a wide variety of wildlife. The presence of small-scale tourism in the Kiso Valley has encouraged the conservation of these areas, and discouraged the development of golf-courses and other projects which have negative effects on the local biodiversity. We support conservation through the Nature Conservancy Council of Japan.

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 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.

People

The villages you will visit along the Kiso Valley section of the Nakasendo trail were, until the 1970s, falling into disrepair and with few jobs, young people were moving to the cities. The villagers then began a concerted conservation and restoration effort, repairing the old wooden houses, and turning some of them into small ‘minshuku’ guest houses. Over the past 30 years this gradual conservation has continued, and the Kiso Valley villages have enjoyed a steady stream of income and sustainable development from the visitors who come.

Many of the lodgings on this tour are owned and run by several generations of one family, and all income from visitors stays in the village and brings the benefit of jobs for the younger generation. Your food will be prepared from locally-sourced fish, meat, and vegetables. Many owners also grow their own vegetables and rice. We support The Japan National Trust which helps protect the traditional buildings of rural Japan.

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