Trip from the Kiso Valley to the Ina Valley via the “Phantom Nakasendo”

8.5 hours

April ~ October

Price: ¥ 22,000 above
(tax included)

Guided / Self-guided

Start / Finish
Nagano / Nagano

8.5 hours

Activity Level

Technical Level


  • Great for those looking to experience an “unknown route” just a step away from Kiso.
  • Experience the hinoki cypress forest path, historical milestone markers, Hayagrīva stones, tiny villages, an original post town and more.
  • A nice balance of cycling and walking to fully experience the rural sights of Japan’s forested mountain areas.
  • Lunch is a soup set, full of local ingredients, served fresh from a kitchen car.
  • Breaks for coffee, tea and local snacks.


The path out of the Kiso Valley to Okaya, via the Ushikubi Pass, the Ina Valley and the Ono Pass, was the original Nakasendo. The path was initially cleared in 1601, but due to the difficulty of travelling two mountain passes, it closed after just 15 years was was spurned in favour of the current Nakasendo. In its heyday, many travelers and horses traversed this path, carrying wood from Kiso to Ina, and rice from Ina to Kiso. Now, traces of the path are scarce and it is known by only a handful of people. This “phantom road” program takes in part of the original Nakasendo, starting at Narai-juku in Kiso, going over the Ushikubi Pass, then on to Ono-juku, and concluding at Tatsuno Town in the Ina Valley. This 1-day e-bike and trekking tour allows you to indulge in the history and romance of the original Nakasendo. The journey is lead by a Tatsuno local, Ryohei Oguchi, a round-the-world cyclist. During the trip, you will get off your bike to enjoy a trek and a folk tale about the local area.

Activity Level

  • The route includes a long ride on e-bikes with climbs and descents. There is also a trek which will take about 40 minutes. Participants will need a good level of fitness.

Technical Level

  • Some cycling experience is necessary. The trek features some challenging terrain and steep sections, so please watch your step – some trail experience is also necessary.

Clothing/What to Bring

  • Clothing and shoes you can move in
  • Rain gear (full set recommended)
  • Soft drink (about 1 liter)
  • Snack (optional)

Customer Review

It is a perfect combination of cycling and trekking mixed with the guide’s explanations of culture and history.

Price Per Person

26,000JPY/person for 4ppl
25,000JPY/person for 5ppl
24,000JPY/person for 6ppl
23,000/person for 7ppl
22,000JPY/person for 8~10ppl

Included in the fee

  • Guide fee
  • Translator fee
  • Lunch
  • Hot coffee/tea with local snacks

Not included in the fee

  • Transportation to/from the meeting point.
  • e-bike rental (rental fee 5,000JPY/per person).
  • Insurance (please purchase travel insurance in your own country).
  • Anything else not specified.
    (The bank transaction fee shall be covered by the customer.)



Event Duration

About 8.5 hours

Distance / Elevation

Distance: 50.4km
Elevation Climb: 803m

Age / Height:

18~65 yrs

Meeting Point

Narai Kiso-no-Ohashi Michi no Eki (Roadside Station)
(3 minutes’ walk from JR Narai Station on JR Chuohonsen Line)

Disbanding Point

(7 minutes’ walk to JR Tatsuno Station on JR Iida Line)

Program Availability

April ~ October

Minimum Participants

4 – 10 people

Application Deadline

14 days in advance


9:00Meet at Narai Kiso-no-Ohashi Michi no Eki (Roadside Station)
9:00~9:15Briefing, start riding
9:15~11:00Ride (Narai-juku ~ Ushikubi Pass ~ Ushikubi Pass Top approach)
11:15~12:15Short trek to Otama ga ike Pond
12:15~12:30Ride (Ushikubi Pass Top approach ~ Ushikubi Pass Top)
13:15~13:45Ride (Ushikubi Pass Top ~ Ono-juku)
13:45~14:30Visit Ono-juku
14:30~15:15Ride (Ono-juku ~ Renei Ohjo Parkline Place)
15:15~15:45Break at Renei Ohjo Parkline Place
15:45~17:30Ride (Renei Ohjo Parkline Place ~ GRAV BICYCLE STATION)
17:30Finish at GRAV BICYCLE STATION (Tatsuno Town)

Cancellation Policy

■ Cancelation by the participant

  • 8 to 20 days prior 20%
  • 2 to 7 days prior 30%
  • Day before 40%
  • Same day/No show 100%

■ Cancelation based on provider’s decisions

  • In the case of stormy or freezing weather, departure cancelation will be determined the day before and contact will be made ONLY IF the tour is canceled. In the case that the activity is canceled due to unforeseen circumstances, no cancellation fee is required.
  • In the case of light rain, the tour will go ahead with waterproof gear.
  • After the tour begins, depending on the weather, we may have to change the route or cancel the tour. In this case, no refund will be given.
  • If the tour cannot continue after it has started due to bad weather, no refunds will be given.


  • If you need your luggage transferred from Narai-juku, please consult (shipping fees will apply)

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