An unforgettable journey deep into the cultural and spiritual roots of Japan.
Fine kaiseki cuisine, sweet snacks, moreish regional flavors, and the occasional culinary oddity make this part of Japan a foodie’s paradise.
Ancient rites and festivals, classic architecture, enduring traditions—and don’t forget the ninja—the Nostalgic Route offers a cultural tour de force.
With perfectly preserved samurai towns, ancient forest, coastal views, and rural vistas that have remain unchanged for centuries, don’t forget your camera.
Southern Nostalgic Route
From the rugged Kii Peninsula up toward dynamic Nagoya, the southern part of the Nostalgic Route mixes World Heritage sites, samurai history and stunning natural beauty.Read more
Hike the ancient trails of the Kumano Kodo, which for centuries have lead pilgrims to some of Japan’s most sacred sites.Read more
Visit Ise-Shima, home to Japan’s most venerable shrine, a host of arts and crafts, and site of the 2016 Ise-Shima G7.Read more
Sample the region’s seafood with the female Ama divers of Toba, then head to Iga to learn the dark arts of the ninja.Read more
Head to Yunoyama-onsen and pamper yourself the traditional way, with fine dining and hot-spring bathing at a Japanese inn.Read more
Central Nostalgic Route
Be it the historic Nakasendo highway or feudal castles, hands-on craft experiences or atmospheric temples, the central route delivers a bucketful of tradition.Read more
Delve into Japan’s samurai days with a stroll around the castle town of Inuyama and the old streetscapes of Mino.Read more
Get hands-on in the pottery town of Tajimi, learn about ukiyo-e woodblock printing, then transport yourself to the Edo era with a night at Nagataki.Read more
Walk into the past on an idyllic section of old Nakasendo, the highway that once connected Kyoto with Edo.Read more
Explore Matsumoto, home to one of Japan’s finest original castles, then move on to Nagano to experience the magnificent Zenkoji Temple.Read more