Research! *Epic Sound*

My Thank You Face - by the lovely Naomi KoyamaAs a short post, I thought I would post a few notes and links for sites I’m using for initial research. These blogs and websites are incredibly useful, and their owners have put a lot of time and energy into creating resources for people wishing to follow in their footsteps! These people have made my preparations so much easier. It almost feels lazy!

Although the quote is regularly used with intellectual pursuits, this journey will be “on the shoulders of giants” – I already know I will be grateful to these people!

The Walking Fool

Quite helpful so far, the walking fool includes a lot of statistics for both the Nakasendo and the Tokaido hikes he went on in 2007 and 2009. With photos interspersed with articles detailing his adventures, this site provides a good narrative for the journey. Check it out here.

Walking The Nakasendo

A quick look at his flickr account and you’ll see some amazing photographs. I also really enjoy the tagline of this blog. It’s nice to see that I’m not the only one who’s crazy enough to do these things. I noticed also, he includes a very nice narrative along the way. Click here to read.

The Temple Guy

The most comprehensive of any website I found over my recent research (thanks for the tips everyone who e-mailed me!). I wouldn’t expect less from such a collegiate person. It’s nice to see a logbook of his journey throughout Japan. He specifically did the Shikoku pilgrimage (here) and the Tokaido road (here). Wonderful Resource.

Nakasendo Solo

This blog was a preparation blog for doctor who traveled the Nakasendo alone. His list of materials is really influencing me and my list of what I will need for this journey. There are things that seem so obvious until you’re planning such a long journey (i.e. sunscreen). His blog is here.

Nakasendo Way – The Highway

This is a good informational site. I believe it is to help you understand the highway if you decide to take one of their tours. I think it’s a good introduction for anyone who wants to know about the Edo period roads. You can find it here!

There will naturally be more to come, but these were the first I’ve found! Please let me know if you find any others that may help!


  1. llewellyn

    Hi, Kristo. Found your site after hunting the net.I was impressed by your itinerary and list of gear for the Nakasendo.I have tramped parts of it on my first two visits to Japan, since then I have covered areas closer to Tokyo.I found 40 litre bag to be perfect for me,rain coat, umbrella, rain pants,coolmax t-shirts and shorts, one pair of trousers (zip off legs)sun glasses, bug repellant,water bottles (2 stainless steel/1litre each) one pair of sandals and boots.I carried 1 bowl chopsticks and a spirit stove for cooking.Macpac tent (20 years old and still going strong)and most important of all a hat and a comtainer of salt with a small first aid kit.On one trip in summer the leeches had a feast.Camping out does have some drawbacks,but thats life.Just turned 59 and am trying to find time and money to cycle Japan for 90 days.Best of luck, Japan is a real eye opener.

    • Krijali

      Hello llewellyn,

      Thank you so much for the comment. Your list of supplies is definitely going to be helpful for me. I must ask though, the container of salt – was this for the leeches? I completely forgot there are leeches in Japan. That won’t be fun, but it is a small drawback for such a wonderful opportunity.

      And cycling around Japan for 90 days. That sounds amazing! I wish you the best of luck. Where do you plan to cycle through?

      Also, 59 years old? Nice! My parents are around the same age, and I’m trying to convince them about how amazing nature can be.

      Thank you again for the comment!

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