Explore Kiso Valley: Magome - Tsumago Mountain Trail Walk
The Nakasendo is an ancient mountain path which connects Kyoto to Tokyo. Along the way, weary travellers would stop at "post towns" to rest and replenish their supplies. On this tour you will walk from Magome-Juku along the mountain trail until you reach Tsumago-Juku. These two post towns will transport you back to the Japanese medieval period.
9:00 AM Meet your guide at the ticket gate of Nakatsugawa station at 9:00 AM.
Travel by bus to your first stop.
9:35 AM - 10:00 AM Magome-Juku
Your first destination is Magome-Juku.
10:00 AM - 10:10 AM Magome Jinba Observatory
This observatory is located just up the slope of Magome-Juku has a great view from an altitude of 801 meters.
11:20 AM - 11:25AM Odaki and Medaki Waterfall
To the left is Odaki, the male waterfall. To the right is Medaki, the female waterfall.
11:50 AM - 12:10 PM Otsumago
Otsumago is a district in the Tsumago-Juku preservation area where Hon-Udatsu and Dashibari Zukuri style houses line the streets.
12:30 PM - 1:05 PM Tsumago-Juku
Tsumago-juku used to have one Honjin inn, one Waki-Honjin inn, and 31 Hatago inns. The commoners would stay at these inns as they journeyed on the highway.
1:05 PM - 1:25 PM Nagiso Town Museum
This museum sits inside a Waki-honjin Okuya residence, the Hayashiya House, and is a Designated Important Cultural Property.
1:25 PM - 1:45 PM Waki-honjin Okuya
For generations, this 1877 residence served as a waki-honjin and provision store. Built from fragrant Japanese cypress, which, at the time, had only newly become legalized as a building material, Waki-honjin Okuya was constructed using the best of building technology. A Designated Important Cultural Property, Emperor Meiji also stayed there in 1880.
2:00 PM After visiting Waki-honjin Okuya, head to Nagiso station to end your journey.