Big walk in Japan

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  1. Along the Nakasendo Way tour, white-capped mountains often dominate the view. Here three hikers look at mountains near Nagano. Pictures: Peter Mandel/Washington Post
  2. A minshuku, or wayside inn, displays a traditional hat and straw sandals of the kind ancient pilgrims wore out while walking the Nakasendo Way.
  3. Two girls walk uphill in April on the stone-paved main street of one of the small villages along Japan's Nakasendo Way.
  4. A group of hikers on Japans Nakasendo Way pass one of the many wooden signs designating the route of the ancient and largely forgotten highway from Kyoto to Tokyo.

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