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Trail from Magome to Tsumago

Beside the Kiso River

Ryokan in Tsumago

 Lava beds on Mount Fuji



Middle Mountain Way tour – October 2009


The Middle Mountain Way was a tailor-made itinerary arranged for a family from London who wanted to have four days ‘off-the-beaten track' during their holiday in Japan. The children were up for mountain hiking so, although it was late in the season for the higher mountains on Honshu, they coped well with walks on Kisokomagatake and around Mount Fuji.

The Middle Mountain Way is a translation of Nakasendo, the name for the old route connecting Edo (present-day Tokyo) and Kyoto via Nagoya during the Edo Period (1603-1868) in Japan. The section the family walked was the pretty section between Tsumago and Magome. After meeting in Nagoya, their local English-speaking Japanese guide, Sam, escorted them via the Kiso River and towns on the Nakasendo, to Matsumoto, then on to Mount Kisokomagatake in the Central Alps, and finally to Mount Fuji and on to Tokyo.

Thin snow and a crusty film of ice on Komagatake meant care had to be taken, but Sam is a top mountain guide and all got up and down safely. This mountain can be approached using a ropeway which helped.

Everyone loved the luxury ryokan near Matsumoto and did get views of Fuji.

So a great, if relatively short, late autumn tour.

Climbing Kisokomagatake
Mount Fuji
Matsumoto Castle
Hiking around Mount Fuji
 Mount Fuji in autumn



Rock pavements on the Kiso River

Family near the Kiso River

On top of Kisokomagatake

 View of lower slopes of Mount Fuji



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