Nakasendo Trail – All You Need To Know To Hike This Edo Period Route

Magome Chaya

When visiting the beautiful country of Japan, it is a wonder how anyone is able to leave the addictive vibes of the city at all.

From the big towering skyscrapers to the hustle and bustle of the crowds, the draw of the concrete jungle that is Tokyo and Osaka (and alike) is absolutely magnetic.

However, the beauty of Japan is that beauty is actually everywhere you look.

Nature actually plays a big role in the stunning sceneries of Japan. Certain cities only look that good because of the mountains in the distance. The cherry blossoms that overtake the streets in spring cannot be replicated anywhere; their charm is unique and irreplaceable.

The list of Japan’s natural beauty is positively endless, but today, we’re focusing on one particularly unique part.

If you’re looking to immerse yourself into the elements of Japan whilst simultaneously enjoy its history and culture, the Nakasendo Trail is the perfect option.

History of the Nakasendo Trail

Centuries ago during the Edo period, the Nakasendo Trail was what connected today’s Tokyo and Kyoto.

It was mainly frequented by business travellers and would take them a few days to traverse the 526km long trail on foot. ‘Post towns’ popped up around main sections of the route to provide travellers with boarding and food whilst on this journey.

Walking the Nakasendo

Today, parts of the trail have been preserved and you can actually walk and explore sections of the trails on foot yourself. From the well-preserved post-towns to the stunning rural scenery, it makes for quite the trip to immerse yourself into Japan’s nature and history.

Most of the trail is not difficult so it can be done by people of all ages.

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