Nakasendo Road & Matsumoto Castle 2 Day Private Tour

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Activity Level



Nature and Wildlife, Museums / Culture, Hiking and Walking, Adventure / Active


Kid Friendly: Yes. Suitable for mature teenagers

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 4



English (advanced), Japanese (fluent)

walking in a nostalgic town from the 17th century

In this tour, we visit a national treasure castle, MATSUMOTO CASTLE, a 17th-century TSUMAGO POST TOWN, and stay over night in NARAI POST TOWN, both are on the NAKASENDO ROAD going through Nagano and Gifu Prefectures.

MATSUMOTO CASTLE is a national treasure castle with the original structure, and was built in the Warring State Period, around the 16th century. Therefore, it looks sturdy yet very beautiful against the Japan Alps and the flowery garden.

TSUMAGO is a 17th-century post town on the Nakasendo Road in mountainous Gifu Prefecture. It is Japan's first important preservation district of historic buildings. Many old buildings like inns, shops, and tea houses are centered around the post station, having retained an old and good atmosphere.

Once you get in the town, you feel as if you were a 17th-century traveler. You can enjoy a relaxing walking, historic sites , local foods, and beautiful views of Kiso Valley.

I believe these experiences exactly make your travel to Japan special.


This tour disbands at Nagoya Station.

*Day 1
9:00 hotel meet
10:00 Shinjuku to Matsumoto
12:30 Matsumoto Castle
15:30 Matsumoto to Narai
16:30 Narai for staying overnight

*Day 2
11:20 Narai to Tsumago
12:30 Tsumago walking
17:00 Tsumago to Nagoya
18:00 Nagoya to Tokyo

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: *I will meet you at your hotel lobby.

*If you would like me to meet you at your AirBnB, please send me a message for a customized tour.

End location: Nagoya Station

Duration: 2 days


JR trains

What’s Included

*guiding fee
*the cost of my transportation and accommodation
*my meals
*all arrangement for this tour

Estimated Local Cash Needed

30000 JPY - *Your transportation fare (JPY10,000 per adult. If you use a JR Pass, your transportation is around JPY1,000)
*your hotel (approx. JPY 10,000 per 1 person)
*the cost of two lunch (approx. JPY 3,000-4,000 per person)
*the entrance fees of a castle and two museums (JPY 1,300 per person)
*your personal expenses

What’s Extra

1: JR Pass covers all your train fares in this tour.
2: If you don't use a JR Pass nor get back to Tokyo, your transportation fare is approximately JPY 9,000.
3: Please reserve your accommodation in Narai Post Town.

*Most shops and restaurants are available for credit cards, but some smaller ones are for cash only


I don't drive. My tours are always based on public tranportation, but I use a taxi when needed.

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