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  1. 2born2travel
    December 23, 2016 @ 12:12 pm

    Awesome shots, and the views look amazing!

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  2. Stephanie (1AdventureTraveler)
    December 23, 2016 @ 3:56 pm

    What a great hike on the ancient Nakasendo Way back and forth. Impressive… I for some reason can visualize you ringing those bear bells. I have heard to wear bells attached to your hiking shoes helps to keep Bears away.
    What stunning photos and it does look like you took a hike into the past.
    Such beautiful countryside with wonderful fall colors. The places to stop and eat plus rest is great along with the English writing on the hiking signs to help not get lost. I will pin this for later so I can take this hike next time I’m in Japan. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    • Travel Lexx
      December 25, 2016 @ 12:06 am

      Thanks Stephanie – it was a fantastic walk and definitely lived up and surpassed my expectations! The beautiful colours were another highlight

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  3. Jenn
    December 23, 2016 @ 4:57 pm

    So glad you didn’t have to contend with lots of crowds here – the trails and scenery look amazing! The bells for the bears is a great idea – I think we need to implement that here!! I have a borderline unhealthy obsession with tea and am jealous of your time at the teahouse! Yet another impressive look at Japan – thanks for sharing!

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    • Travel Lexx
      December 25, 2016 @ 12:07 am

      Thanks Jenn – I definitely picked a good time to go! Hardly any people and it wasn’t too cold (except at night). Sounds like you would love the area as tea was very plentiful everywhere I went!

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  4. Simona Barbu
    December 23, 2016 @ 5:23 pm

    I enjoyed walking this path in my head! I guess we need more waterfalls in the world to cool down all tensions! I laughed at the bear signs, since in the mountains in Romania are a common thing. I have two persons in my family who had bear visit their tent during the night (they are still talking about it after all these years). Great photos!!!!

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    • Travel Lexx
      December 25, 2016 @ 12:08 am

      Wow, I have seen a bear relatively close but not THAT close. Definitely wouldn’t want to share my tent with them. Yes, more waterfalls would be an amazing solution!

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  5. Garth
    December 23, 2016 @ 7:49 pm

    So you’ve seen 2 bamboo forests ! Well jell. Everything about this hike I would love, your photos are wonderful, especially as there’s no people. Thanks for such a detailed post, really useful which I’ll keep.
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    • Travel Lexx
      December 24, 2016 @ 11:59 pm

      Garth, it’s not a super difficult walk so you guys should definitely do it next time you are in Japan!

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  6. Trippin' Turpins (Kelly)
    December 24, 2016 @ 2:47 am

    This walk looks stunning! It is definitely something I want to do. I have pinned it so I will not forget about it when I finally get to visit Japan. The gohei mochi looks delicious and all your photos are superb! This place looks fabulous. Thank you for sharing.

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    • Travel Lexx
      December 24, 2016 @ 11:58 pm

      Thanks Kelly – I would definitely recommend this walk. The food was incredible!

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  7. Paul and Carole
    December 24, 2016 @ 12:10 pm

    What an interesting hike. The bear warnings would of had us worried too, and that’s very amusing that the Japanese tourists actually had them hanging off their clothes! Great post! #feetdotravel

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    • Travel Lexx
      December 24, 2016 @ 11:57 pm

      Thanks! I wanted to find out where I could get my own!

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  8. Tracy
    December 24, 2016 @ 1:38 pm

    Looks like an absolutely amazing walk! So interesting and so pretty! I think I would be ringing that bell very hard though!
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    • Travel Lexx
      December 24, 2016 @ 11:54 pm

      Thanks Tracy! Yes I was ringing them at every opportunity!

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  9. Lisa
    December 25, 2016 @ 2:03 pm

    I’m with you on all the hiking. It’s so amazing what you will see and experience off the beaten path. Spending time in Alaska and western US states, I’m not freaked out by bears, I have seen my share.Japan is on my must visit list so your posts have given me wonderful insight. Thanks always for this fabulous journey!

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  10. Kamelia Britton
    December 26, 2016 @ 8:28 pm

    Wow, what a cool experience! I love the waterfalls! Will have to refer back to this on my next trip to Japan. 🙂

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  11. Kreete
    December 27, 2016 @ 5:21 am

    Ahhh a story about hiking in Japan! I was so excited to read about this! Sounds like a great day and the photos are simply stunning. Loving the mountains in the backdrop and the bamboo forest looks awesome too! The gohei mochi looks delicious too, no wonder you went back for seconds! If I’m ever in Japan, I will make sure to hike from Magome to Tsumago!

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    • Travel Lexx
      February 2, 2017 @ 6:58 pm

      The mountains were stunning and so different to the images that many people have of Japan – cities, skyscrapers etc! You should definitely head over there sometime!

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  12. Angie (FeetDoTravel)
    December 27, 2016 @ 10:24 am

    I confess, yes this is on my “to do” list when we visit Japan due to Joanna Lumley’s show so it was wonderful to read about you literally walking in her footsteps (along with the samurai of course!). I had never thought that bears would be in this area though (I have a vision of you walking through the silent forest, just the rustling of the leaves and your footsteps … then a loud bear-bell ringing!) Glad to hear it wasn’t over run with tourists, I hope when we visit we will be as lucky and the autumn colours are spectacular. Joanna did venture off the track to visit one of the Otaki-Metaki Waterfalls so that also looked familiar as did the tea house 😀 The gohei mochi sounds delicious I must admit so I will look out for that – thank you for sharing all the information as well how to get here, I have pinned this to my Japan board! #feetdotravel

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    • Travel Lexx
      February 2, 2017 @ 6:55 pm

      I definitely overdid the ringing I think – but there was no one there and I got to amuse myself! Watching the show made me want to do the hike even more even though I was already set on doing it. I definitely recommend it for when you guys visit!

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  13. ThriftyTrails
    December 28, 2016 @ 3:38 am

    Love the autumn colors! We don’t get that here in Florida haha. The walk looks so lovely and peaceful….except for the bear bells…I think that would make me paranoid lol

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    • Travel Lexx
      February 2, 2017 @ 6:53 pm

      Apparently bears haven’t been sighted in ages but I did keep thinking “what if” haha!

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  14. Anna
    December 28, 2016 @ 1:37 pm

    Looks like an amazing hike! Japan is on my bucket list, pinned and bookmarked your web for the future! All the forest and waterfall views look out of this world! Thanks for sharing

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  15. David
    January 6, 2017 @ 6:50 am

    Whoa, this hike on the Nakasendo way has everything! I love a good hike but then you also have the waterfalls, traditional houses, beautiful nature. Tsumago seems to have an awesome ghost town vibe to it. Love that you basically had the path to yourself as well. Your posts from your Japan trip really make me want to visit Lex! This one is definitely getting saved for later.

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    • Travel Lexx
      February 2, 2017 @ 6:37 pm

      It’s a fantastic hike and even though I hear it’s busier in peak season, there are plenty of little detours you can do to avoid the crowds! A must-do in Japan in my opinion!

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