Walking Japan's Historic Nakasendo: From Village to Village with Kana Hattori

Walking Japan's Historic Nakasendo: From Village to Village with Kana Hattori


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Nakasendo is one of feudal Japan's network of highways from more than 400 years ago, connecting Kyoto and Tokyo, with a total distance of about 530km. Come and walk virtually the historic Nakasendo trail with an expert guide who has walked the trail over 30 times, as we explore everything from forest bathing to the unique history, rural life, and culture of the Edo period.

Interested in walking the Kumano Kodō trail? Check out Kana's additional walking seminar Walking Japan's Kumano Kodō: The Ancient UNESCO Pilgrimage Trail.

During this virtual walking tour, we will not only learn the unique feudal system during the Edo period of Japan and how the highways including Nakasendo worked for the Shogun government but also see the beautiful forest and lovely scenery of Kiso Valley. We will discover more about the local gourmet food and virtually experience Japanese traditional accommodation, the practice of wearing yukata cotton kimono, soaking in onsen hot springs, and sleeping on a futon.

Led by an expert guide who walked the Nakasendo trail over 30 times, Kana Hattori, this interactive seminar will offer a virtual walking tour of Nakasendo from Kyoto to Tokyo. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding and appreciation of the life and culture of Nakasendo and old Japan.

Kana is a qualified tea master of Urasenke Tea Ceremony School and is an experienced national-licensed guide. She holds a BA in English from Doshisha University, Kyoto, and another BA in Japanese Classical and Traditional Arts from Kyoto University of Arts and Design. She enjoys playing the shamisen, a 3-stringed traditional music instrument that geisha ladies also play, and also performing Noh, 650-year-old Japanese classical theater. The Zen philosophy—to live in the moment—has always been a core tenet of her life.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Superb! No time wasted - the talk was interesting and engaging. It brought back memories of my holiday in Japan three years ago.

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Walking Nakasendo road

Kana Hattori's tour of Nakasendo road makes makes me want to book a trip asap. Very much want to visit the traditional villages and walk through a beautiful part of Japan.
Thank you!

Customer Reviews

Based on 16 reviews
69%
(11)
19%
(3)
6%
(1)
6%
(1)
0%
(0)
M
M.M.

Superb! No time wasted - the talk was interesting and engaging. It brought back memories of my holiday in Japan three years ago.

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m.m.

Recommend

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m.m.
Charming presentation

Recommend

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A.

Guest did not leave comment

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k.d.
Walking Nakasendo road

Kana Hattori's tour of Nakasendo road makes makes me want to book a trip asap. Very much want to visit the traditional villages and walk through a beautiful part of Japan.
Thank you!