Diary: The Tokaido Trail

The Tokaido trail is a historic path connecting Kyoto and Tokyo along the coastline. It consist of 53 stations and was one of the viable routes for Samurais and merchants in the Edo period. However since it crosses a lot of rivers it was not considered to be very safe. Noble people would consider the Nakasendo which goes through the mountain-ish inland (see more and here). Today it is said to be a more easier trail since it doesn’t have a high altitude difference and bridges are well established. There is even a Shinkensen line called the Tokaido line along that path.

How did i decided to do this trail?

So truth be told when i prepared a presentation about Omiyage i just randomly read about the Tokaido trail and instantly thought to myself that i would do this. It sounds like an interesting challenge and a deeper dive into Japanese culture. I am very thrilled to walk the same path and maybe even see the same things as people in the past.

In this post i will document my daily hike:

Some final thoughts: So i actually Since this trip was my first actual longer hike i will list my lessons learned in this post. Some might be very obvious to ...
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Today was not really a spectacular and glory day for me and quite a anticlimactic to end this trip.  I woke up to a measly weather. However the worst part ...
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Today was a Zero day for me because i wanted to go on sightseeing one of the biggest city in Japan. My Hostel was located right in the center but ...
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09:00 wake up I proceeded the morning with planning for the upcoming day and decided to go for Unagi for lunch since it is supposed to be quite fresh in ...
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09:00 wake up 10:40 I left Iwata to go to Hamamatsu station by train and from there directly headed to the Hamamatsu castle. The Hamamatsu castle is quite special as ...
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09:00 wake up I prepared myself and took the train from Shizuoka station to Shimada station. I therefore skipped the Tokaido stations: Mariko, Okabe, Fujieda. 12:30 arrived at the Horai ...
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09:00 wake up At the Eiri juku side I only found this sign as a landmark but that should suffice. Today shall be my sightseeing day. I proceeded to walk ...
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09:00 wake up I really lived far away from the Numazu station and since another interesting sight was on my way to the station I decided to give it a ...
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08:00 wake up, the rain drops splashing on the window and the hauling of the wind don't really welcome to a new day so I snoozed till 9 to have ...
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07:30 wake up but still very tired snoozed until 08:30 I forgot to mention that my hotel was near konomiya station in Sakawa 09:30 let's go... somehow, unfortunately there is ...
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09:00 wake up, I really wanted to wake up earlier today but how to go around Hakone kept me awake up really late yesterday. 11:30 start at chigasaki 12:40 arriving ...
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09:00 wake up 10:30 packing planing for next days breakfast Today I walked through Hodogaya, Totsuka and Fujisawa but because the cities are quite developed I didn't find any milestone ...
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09:00 wake up at the Train Hostel somehow feeling really tired 10:30 breakfast and organizing hostels for upcoming days finished starting to go to the point zero - nihonbashi 10:57 ...
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I am very happy that my former flatmates can still bear with me sitting in the kitchen, doing my chores and cooking stuff up. Today marks the actually last day ...
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