JAPAN NAKASENDO FIELD STUDY
Follow the ancient roads of samauri through a handful of the sixty nine post towns along the old Nakasendo Way from Kyoto to Tokyo. Stay in local Japanese inns, eat authentic cuisine, and visit historic temples. Embrace a new culture and step back into history as you challenge yourself to walk miles along history-rich cobblestones. Give back to the beautiful communities by serving in a rural town.
BEFORE YOU GO
Basecampers going on Nakasendo Field Study should prepare for:
Full days of outdoor activities led by two caring guides
Day hikes to viewpoints and mountaintops
A multi-day backpacking trip designed for first-time backpackers
A fun, supportive and wholesome Basecamp experience
We expect you to arrive to your trip fully prepared for all activities.
Preparing for the Hiking
On Japan Nakasendo Field Study, you will hike on well-established trails over a wide range of terrain, from paved paths to hills to mountains. You'll start with day hikes where you'll carry just the essentials for the day (snacks and lunch, water, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen, bug spray and a raincoat). As the group's skills and fitness increase, you'll set out on a multi-day backpacking trip. While backpacking, you will carry all of your belongings (clothes, sleeping bag and pad), snacks and water. Typically when backpacking, pack weights average about 30% of a hiker's weight. In the month before your trip, you should break-in your hiking boots (wear them a lot!) and complete the pre-trip training (see below). Once on your trip, you'll find that enthusiasm and a positive attitude will help to make the trip a success for you... and for everyone in your group.
4 weeks before your trip: three 45-minute hikes or walks in your boots.
3 weeks before your trip: three 60-minute hikes or walks in your boots.
2 weeks before your trip: three 90-minute hikes in your boots with a backpack loaded with 10% of your body weight.
1 week before your trip: four 2-hour hikes in your boots with a backpack loaded with 20% of your body weight.
Preparing for Basecamp
Backyard Basecamp trips are wholesome, structured experiences with high expectations of each student’s behavior. You are expected to be enthusiastic, positive, helpful and supportive of your trip mates and your leaders. We ask that you leave your cell phone and electronics at home (cameras are always welcome), so you can fully engage with your group and your trip. Arriving ready for a challenge—and prepared to contribute to an enthusiastic group—will go a long way toward creating a successful trip. Please contact us if you’d like to discuss preparing for your adventure!
JAPAN NAKASENDO FIELD STUDY
2 Weeks | $3,995
Start/ End Location
Contact for Dates
Completing grade 7-10 in 2019
Groups limited to 12 Basecampers
5 (1-10, 1 is easiest)
Included In Trip Fee
Not Included In Trip Fee
Personal Gear & Clothing (see what to pack)
Airfare/ Transportation to and from trip start & end
Trip Insurance (recommended)