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Nakasendo Walking Trail (Tsumago)

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Address: Kiso-gun, Nagiso-machi, Nagano Prefecture

This historic footpath through the Kiso Valley connects the villages of...

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.

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Beautiful trail you should try

Did Nakasendo trail from Magome to Tsumago and loved it. Good combination of nature and history. It's well maintained route and not difficult at all.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Girish D
Tokyo, Japan
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Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Did Nakasendo trail from Magome to Tsumago and loved it. Good combination of nature and history. It's well maintained route and not difficult at all.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I wasn't sure about doing this at first. I have a 8 and 10 year old. We decided to go from Magome to Tsumago which I am glad we did. I am by no means an avid walker. I am a little unfit. The first 30 minutes is uphill. However, 500m after the first toilet stop, it was smooth sailing... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Glad I got to do this one - this is one of the few places I was able to go in Japan which wasn't overrun, crowded, jostling. We took the train from Nagoya to Nakatsugawa, then got the bus to Magome. From Magome, it's a pretty clear direction to walk in. You initially walk through an 'old' looking town with... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Much has already been written about the beauty of the Magome - Tsumago trail. But to walk it in late Autumn is a special experience. The sea of green, yellow, orange and red leaves bathed by the bright morning sun creates an almost magical feeling as you walk under the trees and though the valleys and waterfalls. In parts you... More 

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Hexham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very picturesque walk through hills and forests beside the river. We walked 8Km from Magome to Tsumago, which is the direction we would certainly recommend. First half hour was generally steep uphill, but the next two hours mainly flat or downhill. Well signposted in English and plenty of bells to ward off the bears. None seen! Obtain map from... More 

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Richmond, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We walked 11 Ks of easy walking on the trail. We got the bus at Tsumago up to Magome. This means most of the walk is down hill. The village of Magome is delightful. Lots of historic houses and beautiful small gardens. There is a general store selling lunch provisions. The walk itself is clearly signed and in many places... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you have any concerns about getting lost, please rest assured that the trail is meticulously signposted and I think it would be nearly impossible to lose your way. While it is a very popular attraction, we were amazed that though we saw other travelers at times, much of the time we were alone and could fully enjoy the peaceful,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

We walked the Tsumago - Magome part of this route and I must say it is very nice. The path goes through the forest and is very calm, relaxing (we were in October). I was a bit concerned because everybody recommends to start in Magome and then walk to Tsumago because the walk would be more easy, less steep but... More 

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Hadera, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

A nice trail that combines both nice nature and native village life. Nothing extra ordinar. We had chosen since we drove from kyoto to tokyo and wanted a nice place in between.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Walking the Nakasendo from Magome to Tsumago was absolutely beautiful and peaceful. Halfway, we were welcomed at a tea house in a historic log building typical for the area, by an older gentleman who served complimentary Japanese tea. I would recommend this hike for anyone with a mid to high fitness level who wants to experience Japan in a different... More 

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