A couple days after the rest of the participants and Jounin left for Kumogakure, Nariko herself found that she was heading to Kirigakure as well. It wasn't her first choice, but she was trusting Shimiko to take care of the riots and bring peace back to Kumogakure. Of course, she really wanted to believe that Shimiko was capable of dealing with everything in a satisfactory manner, but she was worried that when everyone returned, that problems would still need dealt with. That Nariko would have to take matters into her own hands anyhow.
Or even worse, that she'd be targeted for assassination. It made sense to her, that even if Shimiko deescalated, Mora and Vik would set it up so that Nariko would be taken out, as it was clear to her at this point that the Orthodoxy wasn't content anymore. Ultimately, Nariko's play here was to buy time and give her people a chance to live, as well as give herself more time to think about the situation. She didn't think Shimiko would betray her, but she also had to consider it as a possibility.
What would Shimiko do? That was the ultimate question here. Until Nariko knew that, there was little she could do.
However, Nariko had left Kumogakure for now, heading to Kiri to deal with the Chuunin Exams. She'd taken her personal armor, the Infinity Armor, and her personal possessions and ryo, moving them onto her ship, which was prepped for her travel. The Man'o'War was her own personal vessel, one that was the Flagship of the Raikage, so it only made sense for her to arrive in Kiri on it.
- Exiting Kumo to Southwestern Land of Lightning. Travelling from there to the Chuunin Exams on the same path as the rest took.-