Narai-juku Post Town : 奈良井宿
"Narai of a Thousand Houses" -- Longest Post Town in all of Japan.
Narai-juku marks the halfway point on the old Nakasendo Road between Kyoto and Edo (present-day Tokyo). This post town was one of the most prosperous of its age, as evidenced by how long the row of well-preserved houses stretches. Easy access by both train and car for people staying in Matsumoto and/or Suwa Lake.
- Time Required :
- 2 hours
- Foreign Languages :
- (English pamphlet as well as leaflets in English, Korean, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese available.)
- Luggage Storage :
No charge to walk the post town street. The business and the museum have various business hours and days off (including shortened hours and more days off during the winter). There is an entrance charge for the museum.
Tel# is for the Shiojiri City Tourist Association.
tel : +81(0)263-54-2001 Shiojiri City Tourist Association (塩尻市観光協会) fax : +81(0)263-52-1548 Official site
- By Train
- From Narai Station(JR Chuo Line), Adjacent to the station.
From JR Shiojiri Station, take the "Step-Kun" Bus, Narakawa Line, to the Naraieki stop (61 min) or to the Gonbeibashi stop (65 min).
- By Car
- From Shiojiri IC, via Route 19, 35 min
From Ina IC, via Route 361, 35 min
- Narai, Shiojiri City 399-6303
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