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Brian Beatty is a tour leader for InsideJapan. Here, he remembers walking part of the ancient Nakasendo Highway.
In the early 17th century the Tokugawa Shogunate established the Nakasendo Highway: or the “Central Mountain Road”. Nakasendo was one of five roads that were used by the shogun and daimyo, which provided the Tokugawa Shogunate with the communications network it needed to stabilise and rule the country. It was also one of the only two major walking paths that connected Kyoto to the capital, Edo (modern-day Tokyo) – the other being the Tokaido Trail, or “East Sea Road”.
During this trip, we travelled approximately 100 km out of the total 534 km (332 mi) on the Nakasendo trail.
If you’d like to walk part of the Nakasendo Highway, take a look at our fantastic Historic Mountain Trails itinerary, which will take you through Tsumago and Magome. Alternatively, we can tailor a trip to suit you – so just get in touch and let us know what you’d like to do.