Nakasendo Trail (Yabuhara-juku to Narai-juku section, Nagano Prefecture) 藪原宿 -> 奈良井宿 中山道


The Nakansendo is an old road that runs from Tokyo to Kyoto. The section, Yabuhara to Narai takes you through a beautiful forested area with views of Mount Ontake into the perfectly preserved area of Narai-juku, which still has some of the original buildings from the Edo period.

Heritage Sites

Getting there

There are a few ways that you can get here. First is the take the Chuo line from Nakatsugawa or Shiojiri to Yabuhara station and then begin the hike from the station. 

You can also drive to Yabuhara and park at the station which provides free parking. 


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Route/Trail notes

From the train station at Yabuhara, you will notice signs pointing for Torii Pass. This will be written in both English and Japanese, follow these signs as they will lead you to Narai-juku. From the train station it will first take you into Yabuhara-juku itself, which is a rather unimpressive post town on the Nakasendo with virtually no preserved buildings from the time period, it has been entirely urbanised. 

Continue walking past Yabuhara-juku and you will begin to enter the forest. From here it is a straight forward walk up a small hill where there is a shrine. Keep walking where you will descend the hill into Narai-juku. There are signs to help you the whole way. This track is popular with foreign tourists. More white people than Japanese people on the track and in the town of Narai.

From Narai take the train back to Yabuhara, alternatively stay in Narai. 


Train about 200 yen. 

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