Tokai Nature Trail
- Name Tokai Nature Trail
- Length of trail 1,697 km, 1,054 miles
- Length in days 85 days
- Start of trail Tokyo
- End of trail Osaka
- Traildino grading EW, Easy walk, nature trail
1697 km from Tokyo to Osaka
Prefectures of Kanagawa, Yamanashi, Shizuoka, Aichi, Shiga, Gifu, Mie, Kyōto and Nara
In 1969, the Japanese Ministry of Welfare (the Ministry of the Environment was not established until 1971) announced the Tokai Trail plan as the first attempt to establish a long-distance trail system in Japan. The Tokai Trail connects Tokyo to Osaka and was welcomed by the general public.
Subsequently, over the years, the other Nature Trails were developed in other parts of the country
The Tokai Trail connects some important National Parks. The trail has its own home page (the only one of the Nature Trails). Also, the different legs are connected, forming a continuous trail. This is not the case with many other Nature Trails.