For four centurites old Tokaido highway has linked Japan’s modern capital of Tokyo with the ancient capital of Kyoto. In feudal times most travelers of Tokaido were on foot – horses or palanquins being a luxury for the elite only. A section of old Tokaido close to Tokyo known as Hakone Hachiri has recently been delcared a Japan Heritage Area. In Japanese, Hachi means 8 and ri is a unit of distance equivalent to about 4km (2.5 miles). So Hakone Hachiri is the 32km (20 mile) stretch of old Tokaido between Odawara and Mishima (a setting in James Clavell’s epic novel “Shogun“), via Hakone.
We offer two versions of the tour depending on your appetite for walking:
Hike Hakone Hachiri tour involves about 10km (6 miles) walking for the day.
Walk Hakone Hachiri tour involves about 4km (2.5 miles) walking for the day.
Enjoy stunning views of Mt Fuji on clear days, although please note that Japan’s weather only permits this about 30% of the time!
Authorized by Shizuoka Prefecture Governor: #2-689
Plan by Tony Everitt