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Discover Authentic Japan in Tsumago, Nakasendo

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9h $ 107


  • meet and touch authentic traditional Japan by strolling through towns and visiting traditional houses
  • enjoy talking with citizens who welcome visitors with local foods and smiles of hospitality
  • trace the same route of the highway between two towns which travelers once walked along in the past

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Children ( 6 to 11 years old )
106.80 USD

People Adults Children Infant
1 person 106.80 USD 44.50 USD 0 USD
2 people 89.00 USD 44.50 USD 0 USD
3 people 71.20 USD 44.50 USD 0 USD
4 people 62.30 USD 44.50 USD 0 USD
5 people 53.40 USD 44.50 USD 0 USD
* Children ( 6 to 11 years old )
FREE cancelation 30 days prior


Strolling around the most famous traditional post town takes you back to nostalgic Japan. The moment visitors enter the towns on the highway Nakasendo, they will feel as if they are in a time warp of Edo period, where local people spend daily lives and welcome tourists preserving buildings and landscape. You will find authentic Japan walking through a cozy town in a one-day tour from Nagoya.

What to Expect

Tsumago-juku is one of the traditional post-towns of the Nakasendo highway. In the 1960s, this small town was on the verge of deterioration and about to lose its unique figure because of development in the wake of modernization. However, it revived through citizen’s preservation movement and was designated as one of the Important Traditional Buildings Preservation Areas by the government.

Visitors stroll around an authentic traditional town and see a nostalgic townscape which consists of traditional wooden houses. Wakihonjin-Okuya(National Important Cultural Property) is one of the typical buildings in which the Meiji emperor stayed. It is open for everyone to visit and enjoy walking through most rooms and seeing valuable antique goods, while hearing an exquisite explanation by a local guide.

When you feel hungry or thirsty, some cozy restaurants and sweet shops will satisfy your appetite. My recommendations are Gohei-mochi with green tea or handmade buckwheat noodles, Soba, with Sake. Gohei-mochi is a soft rise-cake with sweet soy-bean paste. You might get hooked on its simple and delicious taste that you’ve never experienced before.

If you want, you could walk from the next town Magome to Tsumago, or the either way. It only takes 90 minutes. On the way, you can enjoy serene landscapes and nature including a waterfall. Moderately maintained pavements and signboards lead you in the right direction on the mountain. I am sure you will feel like being an ancient traveler.

Magome is also a post town similar to Tsumago which is known for the birthplace of a famous novelist Toson Shimazaki. In Magome most houses were rebuilt after a big fire at the end of 19th century, but a variety of shops and museums, such as Toson’s Museum and Shimizuya Museum, attracts many tourists thorough the year.

*The approximate itinerary is as follows:
8:00 JR Nagoya station
↓(by train)
9:30 Magome-zyuku
strolling around the town& tea break
11:00 Magometoge
↓(on foot)
12:30 Tsumago-zyku
lunch break & strolling around the town
15:30 JR Tsumago station
↓(by train)
17:00 JR Nagoya station

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  • meet and touch authentic traditional Japan by strolling through towns and visiting traditional houses
  • enjoy talking with citizens who welcome visitors with local foods and smiles of hospitality
  • trace the same route of the highway between two towns which travelers once walked along in the past


I can guide in Kyoto in case you support transportation fee.

The course will change depending on the weather and guest's condition.

What‘s included
guide fee
hotel pick-up
What‘s not included
transportation fee about 7000yen/person(you and guide),
lunch about 1600yen/person (you and guide)
entrance fee 1200yen/person(you and guide)
*It will cost about 10000yen/prson in total.
Depart From
Meeting Point
At JR Nagoya Station
Ending Point
At JR Nagoya Station
9 hours
Starting time
08:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 5 people

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

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Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date , there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date , there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 10 )
Andrea Andrea Italy ( Couple )
2 weeks ago

“ A wonderful day across Nakasendo ”

The guide was very well prepared and he kindly agreed our request of earlier meeting. We enjoyed a remarkable experience and we strongly suggest Tetsuji and the Nakasendo tour to everyone will stop in Gifu Area!


It was a great honor to be able to guide you in Nakasendo while staying in Japan on honeymoon. I also appreciate your kind review to me. I really hope you and your family members will visit Japan again and spend some time with me in Gifu.

J J Canada ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ Seki city and the swordsmith museum! ”

Tetsuji guided our clients in Seki city. He was excellent to work with prior to the tour and helped arrange all the tour details. He went out of his way to assist these passengers and even provided a discount for the entrance to visit the Swordsmith museum. I'm sure our passengers had a great tour and we will be using Tetsuji's services again in the future!


Thank you so much for nice review. I hope your clients have enjoyed my guided tour. They were an excellent guest for me. I also learned some new matters because of you.Thanks again. Please give my vest regards to Nadeau & Despatie Family. I am looking forward welcoming new guests from your company.

David David United States ( Family )
1 month ago

“ Wonderful Day in Gifu ”

We had a wonderful tour with Tetsuji in Gifu. My wife and I took my elderly parents on an extended tour of Japan. The Cormorant fishing tour guided by Tetsuji was one of the highlights of our visit. He was conscientious about our needs and adjusted the tour to keep with my parents pace. He was engaging, open and friendly.  Tetsuji connected with my father especially well as they shared similar interest in feudal Japanese history. We became quick friends. We can't recommend Tetsuji highly enough. Not only is he an excellent guide, (as he was able to show us many cultural highlight that even many locals don't know about), Tetsuji treated us as real friends. We hope to see Tetsuji again soon either in San Francisco, Shanghai, or Hangzhou where we spend time. We look forward to taking him on a... read more


Thank you for fabulous appreciation. I am very glad to have shared happy time with you and your family members through my guided tour. Actually, I was able to guide at ease because all of you communicated with me as if I were a member of your family. Above all, your respectable father asked me various questions including the title of a Japanese song. I sometimes enjoyed answering them setting my duty aside. I believe you are a role model of filial piety and your father will be happy. I repeatedly thank you so much. I am really looking forward to seeing you again.

Marna Marna United States ( Friends )
Very Good
3 months ago

“ Trip to Takayama ”

Tetsuji was very nice and enjoyable to be with. He was flexible in terms of our adding places we wanted to see in Takayama. His English is very good. When we asked questions he couldn't answer, he worked hard to find someone who could answer them. We know that Tesuji is fairly new to this, and expect that he will gain more knowledge of Takayama as he takes more clients there.


Thank you for nice review for me. I appreciate your kind words that encourage me committing to brush up my guide skills. I believe all unexpected questions from guests could be important ingredients for me to develop. I will make every kind of efforts to get full score. I am looking forward to guiding for you next time.

Mary Mary Australia
4 months ago

“ Takajama tour experience ”

Thank you very much for the photos enjoying our tour of Takajama. I very much enjoyed the tour of Takajama and especially your extensive knowledge of Takayama and the region. It was very much appreciated. The experience was outstanding and will always be great memories for me to reminisce. Tetsuji thankyou for your professionalism and leadership it was very much appreciated and I would have no hesitation in recommending your professional services to your prospective clients at anytime. Mary Cairnduff.


I appreciate for lots of good words for me. All of them encourage me to welcome new guests with more confidence. I am looking forward to guiding for you and joan again.