Duration: 3 – 5 hours
Take a train from Kisofukushima to Yabuhara. Then it is a 3-hour hike from Yabuhara to Narai via Torii Pass.
This route is especially good for a beginner among many Nakasendo walking routes. It puts you in an Edo-Era atmosphere as Narai-juku, the longest post town, emerges in front of you after a relaxing hike.
-Kisofukushima Station -> Yabuhara Station (JR Chuo Honsen Line bound for Shiojiri/Matsumoto 17 minutes)
-Approximately 3 hours on foot from Yabuhara Station to Narai-juku via Torii Pass
Duration3 – 5 hours
This was one of the harshest parts of Nakasendo to walk as it runs deep in the mountains.
Walking over this difficult part, Naraijuku, the most beautiful Edo-era post town appears in front of your eyes, making you feel like you have just travelled back in time.
This route was one of the hardest parts to walk in Nakasendo in the Edo era. After 400 years, however, it has become an easy historical hiking route loved by many travelers today. This is a great route to feel the Nakasendo atmosphere.
How about a relaxing coffee break after the hike just like travelers in the Edo era had a tea break? There are a variety of cafes and restaurant in Narai-juku. Enjoy a relaxing time.
There were 69 station towns in 540-kilometer route of Nakasendo. 11 of station towns and Fukushima Checkpoint, one of the four famous checkpoints built in the Edo period, were located in Kiso.
JR Kiso Fukushima Station is the center of Nakasendo trail, and here is the main station for Nakasendo travel.
Yabuhara station is the starting point for Narai which is old post town on the Nakasendo trail – an ancient road used by Samurai to travel between Kyoto and Tokyo during the Edo Period.
Torii pass is the highest point on the historic Nakasendo highway.
Narai-juku is designated as a National Important Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings where the old townscape still clearly remains.
Shops utilizing historic buildings stand along both sides of the road, and there is an arched bridge nearby called Kiso-no-Ohashi, making it an area fun to just walk around.
Guesthouse Hilltop is a resort inn on a plateau commanding a snowcapped Central Alps.
The owner boasts dishes using local ingredients, local wines and beer of Shinshu region, home-roasted coffee and sky full of stars!
When weather permits, the thousands of stars can be seen at a step away from the entrance.
Solo travelers are very much welcomed!
Only one hotel located along the mountain road connecting Kiso-Fukushima Station and Mount Kisokoma. Remaining original scenery of Kiso shows different colorful beauties of each season. Under a stadium of stars, a hot spring relieves the fatigue and thaws the heart of travelers. It may be likened to a spiritual home for modern people. Please enjoy local specialties using food from Kiso Mountains and high quality sake of the local area and other regions.
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