United and ANA offer nonstop flights from Washington Dulles to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport. From there, take Japan Rail’s Narita Express to Tokyo Station and transfer to the Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train to Kyoto, where the Nakasendo Way begins. Tickets for the trip from Narita to Kyoto cost about $166.

Multiple airlines offer slightly more expensive but much longer one-stop flights to Osaka’s Kansai International Airport. From there you can take Japan Rail’s Haruka Express to Kyoto Station for about $32.


Walk Japan

Guided 11-day Nakasendo Way walking tour is about $4,085 per person and includes accommodation for 10 nights, breakfasts and dinners, baggage transfers and entrance fees. Flights, lunches and alcoholic drinks are not included. Maximum group size is 12 to 13 people.

Pack some decent water-resistant trail shoes and plenty of cushiony socks. A daypack, a hat, a waterproof jacket or rain poncho and clothing that you can layer are also a good idea. Japanese law requires that you carry your passport with you at all times.