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5 Days Nakasendo Walking Tour (Matsumoto-jyo, monkey park, Kusatsu onsen)



It is a 5-day walking tour program of Nakasendo route, one of the Five Routes in Edo era.
Nakasendo was built as the important highway which linked Kyoto Sanjyo Ohashi to the starting point of Edo Nihonbashi in 1659. In a long highway of approximately 532 kilos, 69 stages were established to heal from journey.
Like ex-travelers in Edo period, a program is prepared starting from Nagoya that can enter the many hot springs.
In addition, you will go to Matsumoto-jyo Castle, a national treasure, snow monkey park, and other attractive spots in Japan such as excellent Kusatsu Onsen as well as hiking of Shiga Kogen.
(This program starts at Nagoya Station and ends at Ueno Station.)

Price (per person) : 272,000 ~ 355,000 yen
Please contact us for itinerary arrangement including hotel recommendation.


Tour Detail

Tour Style

TTour Style
- Please contact us for the latest price and other details for this tour, or for similar, custom-made itinerary quotes.
- Please note that there may be other participants.
- Programs are offered in English.

Meeting Place
JR Nagoya station

Tour Level

Toughness: 1/3
Technique: 1/3

Group Size

Min. 2 persons
Max. 5 persons


5 days


Tour Itinerary

Day 1
-Meet with a guide at Nagoya station and move to Tsumago.
-Sightseeing in Tsumago including history museum.
-Stay at nice ryokan surrounded by Japanese garden.
Tsumago is the place that prospered as a point of the traffic from the Edo era, and Tsumago Honjin is a facility appointed by the Shogunate as lodging of daimyos.
When the last head of a household left in the Meiji era, it had been demolished, but Honjin of the Edo era was reproduced in 1995. At the history museum, the summary of such a post town and the history of Kiso are saved carefully.

Day 2
-Hiking around Kisoji for 3 hours.
-Move to Matsumoto
-Free time for dinner. Enjoy the local food.

Day 3
-Sightseeing in Matsumoto including Matsumoto-jyo
-Move to Nagano and visit Zenko-ji temple
National treasure Matsumoto-jyo Castle is the Japanese oldest existing castle in a tower of the fivefold sixth floor.
It is known as black-and-white contrast being beautiful and the castle tower inclining.
Zenko-ji is a temple from the past when Buddhism is divided into the denominations in Japan.
Regardless of the religious sect, it is a place where a long cherished dream was possible.
In addition, it is known as the rare temple to accept woman in a period of old Buddhism that had exclusion of women.
A lodging (shukubo) is the accommodation made for a priest and a worshiper mainly.
It was the facilities where only a priest stayed at, but because Buddhist temple and Shinto shrine prayer spread from the Heian era, temples allowed noble, samurai, and general prayer stay.

Day 4
-Visit monkey park
-Hiking shiga-kogen
-Stay at famous Kusatsu onsen
Jigokudani Yaen Koen is known for Snow monkey (monkey entering the hot spring in winter) and is the wild monkey garden which can observe the habits of the wild Japanese monkey close.
This place is introduced on Japanese newspaper as "it is rare even in the world where wild animals can be observed at the close distance in the public garden". observation is secured by tourists following rules.
Shiga Kogen forms the complicated topography due to the activities from old times in a mountain born by many volcanoes and volcanic activity.
Wetlands, a damp plain, an alpine plant, and the various elements including the virgin forest gather and thereby let beauty of the mountains-cape of the subalpine zone become more attractive.
Kusatsu is a hot spring ranked as top in the Edo era and one of three famous Japanese springs.
You will enjoy various hot springs including a footbath and the outdoor bath in a hot-spring resort of old taste.

Day 5
-Onsen tour and Yumomi observation and experience
-Move to Ueno and the end of program
Yumomi is done to lower the springs temperture by stirring the hot spring with the board, called Yumomi ita, while singing Kusatsu melodies.
It is a traditional technique in Kusatsu, but the place continuing this is limited now. You can experience in this program.

What's Included

Transportation and accommodation.

Tour Tips

Booking process
1. Please ask us for availability and pricing through ‘contact us’ form below and make sure to write the number of participants and date.

2. We will check the availability and come back to you within 3 business days.
3. Payment request will be sent.

4. Reservation is done upon receiving your payment. Confirmation e-mail will be sent to you.


- Fees shall be paid through Credit Card. Currently no other payment method is accepted.

Cancellation Policy

Reservations may be cancelled without charge up to 21 days prior to the program date.

Reservations cancelled less than 20 days before the program date will incur the following charges:

20 days to 8 days prior to start date of tour in Japan: 20% of total price
7 days to 2 days prior to start date of tour in Japan: 30% of total price
1 day prior to start date of tour in Japan: 40% of total price
On the start date of the tour in Japan, during a tour, or no show: 100 % of total price
*Time is in JST.


- Please advise us if there are any religious or health restrictions, allergies, or any case where special care is needed when you ask us for availability.

- Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but we cannot make absolute guarantees! Changes to the itinerary will normally be made to introduce an improvement. Weather conditions, road and transport conditions, and the health of walkers can all contribute to changes. The guide will ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy-going nature is an asset!