The Old Salt Road

A new itinerary featuring an old road or kaido, a Shio no Michi routes which connected the Sea of Japan to the north, and the Pacific in the south, to the province of Shinano (present-day Nagano Prefecture). Salt for preserving foods was carried along these roads for processing in the Nagano area.

The routes in Northern Nagano are called the Chikuni Kaido.

Highlights

Walking adventure along a historical trail.
Mountains in Northern Nagano Prefecture.
Excellent natural hot springs.
Country walks.
Forests in summer and autumn.
Historical trade route.
Delicious regional food and cooking.
Day 1

Meet and train to Northern Nagano. By road to our base in the Hakuba area for the next few nights.

Overnight lodge.

Day 2

First day hiking along a section of the Old Salt Road.

Overnight lodge.

Day 3

Second day hiking along the Old Salt Road.

Overnight lodge.

Day 4

Third day hiking along the Old Salt Road. Overnight lodge.

Day 5

Short drive to our next base, with a short country walk on the way. Our accommodation has natural hot springs baths.

Overnight mountain hut.

Day 6

A 5-hour hike over mountain peaks and passes with great views of the North Alps on clear days. Our accommodation has natural hot springs baths.

Overnight mountain lodge.

Day 7

Drive to Matsumoto. Sightseeing after a delicious lunch featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients including buckwheat soba noodles. Fine dining at our comfortable lodging.

Overnight ryokan.

Day 8

Train back to Tokyo where the tour ends. Onward travel.

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