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Walk the Old Nakasendo Between Magome and Tsumago
: 中山道

Walk Through Time Along this Unspoiled Stretch of the Historical Nakasendo Road.

Kiso River Valley


Imagine yourself as a Daimyo lord travelling the historical Nakasendo Road between Kyoto and Edo (the old name for Tokyo). Much of the way has been replaced by modern highways, but the section between the Magome and Tsumago post towns is one of the best preserved.


Starting at Magome-juku (elevation approx. 600m), a post town on a hillside with expansive views of the surrounding mountains and plain (think "big sky"), the Nakasendo trail crosses Magome Pass (elevation 800m) and descends to Tsumago-juku (elevation 450m), a post town tucked into a steep valley ("small sky"). The 8 kilometer walk takes approximately 3 hours. Along the way the scenery changes for pastoral countryside to thick forest, and you pass old ocha-ya tea houses and waterfalls.


Hours :
8:30-17:00 (Tsumago Tourist Info Center) 
Date(s) :
Except 12/29-1/03, open Year-Round (Tsumago Tourist Info Center) 
Time Required :
3 hours 
Reservations :
Not required 
Foreign Languages :


Bus or taxi service available for return trip. Luggage forwarding service available at the respective Tourist Info Centers. Wear proper footwear and clothing appropriate for the weather (especially in winter).


tel : +81(0)264-57-3123 妻籠観光協会観光案内所(Tsumago Tourist Info Center)   fax : +81(0)264-57-4036   e-mail   Official site


By Train
From Nagiso Station (JR Chuo Line), 40 min walk or 10 min by bus to Tsumago. 35 min by bus to Magome.
By Car
From Iida Yamamoto IC, 60 min
From Nakatsugawa IC, Towards Kisofukushima. 30 min to Tsumago.
Take Route 19 north to Magome (approx. 20 min).
2190 Azuma, Nagiso, Kiso 399-5302

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