Nakasendo was one of the main route that connected Kyoto and Edo (Tokyo) in Edo period (17th-19th century). Nakasendo literally means ‘central mountain path’, and as the name implies, the trail is passing mostly through mountains in central Japan. There were 69 stations (post towns) called “shuku” or “juku” between Kyoto and Edo, where various services such as accommodation and transportation (horses) were provided.
Among the various old routes in Japan, Nakasendo has maintained original trail and landscape better than any other routes, such as Tokaido. That’s why Nakasendo has became popular among Japanese hikers as well as tourists from other countries.
There are many spots to see around along the Nakasendo Trail including the villages with the late Edo period architecture, waterfall, refined resting area, and a lot more. Walking through the forest while listening to the sound of the river flowing along would be just perfect.