• Tsumago-juku

    written by Paige Tsumago-juku is a post town on the Nakasendō Road in the Kiso Valley which is located in Nagano Prefecture. Connecting Kyoto with Edo (present day Tokyo), this road features many historically important sites, traditional houses, and picturesque views. Photographs depicting what life was like for older generations can be found on display around town. This quiet village in the mountains offers numerous places to explore and walking along the road surrounded by wooden buildings and storehouses gives you a feeling that you’ve traveled back in time. Hiking the Nakasendō Trail The area is accessible by train and bus, but you can also travel along the route via a hiking course. You can also purchase a traveler’s staff and receive wood-branded seals at checkpoints and post towns along the way. A baggage transportation service is offered from March …

    February 21, 2017

  • Household Goods “Living Port NABETA”

    Living Port NABETA リビングポートナベタ鍋太金物店 Written by Tyler Located in Onsen Town Togura-Kamiyamada within walking distance from Togura Station on the Shinano Railway line, Nabeta is a family-run mini home center. If you are searching for a particular Japanese cooking utensil or carpentry tool, chances are Nabeta will have it or can order it for you. From obscure cast iron pots and soba-making equipment to specialized cutlery, they are a treasure trove of Japanese household goods. The owner, Imai-san, went to college in the States and can answer your inquiries in English. (His wife speaks Russian!). And his store is registered as a tax-free shop for overseas visitors. Imai-san showing one of many of the specialty utensils they carry, a cutting board for making soba noodles. Fine Japanese cutlery, too. Engraving to order is available. Wide selection of Japanese garden and carpentry tools …

    February 21, 2017