Nakasendo Walking Trail (Tsumago), Nagiso-machi

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A moderate 7.8 km (4.7 mi) hike between two scenic traditional villages and forests, Nakasendo Walking Trail (Tsumago) offers a combination of historic Japan and alpine nature. Enjoy charming villages with authentic wooden architecture on this well-maintained trail through the Japanese Alps, marked in English and Japanese. Part of an ancient, 1,200-year-old road, the hike between two old postal villages leads through maples, cypresses, wisteria, and bamboo, with toilet facilities along the way. Don’t forget to ring a bell to scare off black bears before you hike. Arrange your visit to Nakasendo Walking Trail (Tsumago) and discover more family-friendly attractions in Nagiso-machi using our Nagiso-machi family vacation planner.
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  • Fascinating glimpse into two beautifully preserved Japanese villages - Tsumago and Magome. Easier to get there than you might think - despite a couple of train changes and a bus from Tokyo, it was sti...  more »
  • Let me try to cover what I don't see others have. It was a comfortable walk from Magome to Tsumago, about 3 hours (30-45 mins uphill, and I'm not particularly fit, and nursing a blister), though trail...  more »
  • To tsumago and half about a century ago, just 1 year of high school for the first time I went. I spent half a day was through Magome-Juku, nakatsugawa, Ochiai-Juku. Under the course I have walked. Tourists, not yet known at that time as the bit in Magome-Juku and tsumago-Juku is really deserted town (streets is the same now, on the road or poles, such as the car went) was feeling. There was a fall (11 May), but leaves are very good memories. After a few years in the discover of the Japanese national railways at the time of the great campaign suddenly became famous and made maintenance of the city. I just got remnants of the good I think, but still rustic rural town recreated the old landscape. South Kiso station from Ochiai-Juku through the otsuma basket, here pass Magome and tsumago trail is now maintained as a hiking roads (road there is different from the old road) also and easy to walk. Regular bus service to the driveway. Still very pretty fall foliage season.
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