Walking the Nakasendo Way - Japan's Ancient Highway

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Walking the Nakasendo Way - Japan's Ancient Highway

<p>The Nakasendo Way is an ancient Japanese highway, linking the Imperial City of Kyoto with the Shogun’s city of Edo. Its present form dates to the early 17th century however its origins are in the

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The Nakasendo Way is an ancient Japanese highway, linking the Imperial City of Kyoto with the Shogun’s city of Edo. Its present form dates to the early 17th century however its origins are in the 8th century. Learn about the history of the highway and how to plan and undertake your own walk along well preserved sections of this beautiful old road. We will look at the century old inns which still welcome travellers in the post-towns of the Nakasendo.


SUGGESTED READING

  • An excellent web-based resource is: www.nakasendoway.com
  • Donald Keane – Travelers of a Hundred Ages (Columbia University Press, 1989)
  • Richard Story – A History of Modern Japan (Pelican Original, 1960)


COURSE OUTLINE

  • The history of highways in Japan
  • The new Edo Shogunate and the establishment of the five highways
  • Post-towns and their histories
  • Woodblock prints of the 69 stages of the Nakasendo
  • A ten day walk along the Nakasendo
  • Booking inns
  • Planning your walk


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of the course, participants should able to:

  1. Understand the history of the Nakasendo.
  2. Plan a ten day walk on the Nakasendo.
  3. Recognise some of the great sites along the Nakasendo.
  4. Be able to book inns along the Nakasendo.