Tsumagojuku, Nagiso-machi

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Explore a town straight out of the distant past at Tsumagojuku, a restored and protected Edo-period settlement. Number 49 of the 69 post towns on the Nakasendo (an Edo-era trade road), the village fell into obscurity with the arrival of a new railroad at the turn of the 20th century. However, diligent locals gradually reestablished it as a functioning town, and today you can walk the old streets experiencing the historical atmosphere. Wander around the village to explore gift shops, restaurants, and a modest but informative museum. Bring your camera to make the most of the various photo opportunities among the buildings. To visit Tsumagojuku and other attractions in Nagiso-machi, use our Nagiso-machi sightseeing planning site .
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  • It is 4th visit tsumago-Juku. As for me, than Magome-Juku tsumago-Juku and tsumago-Juku than of Narai-Juku antiquity there, like. However, tsumago-Juku also liked am. 0/1980 visited for the first time in April, was operating the ryokan photography sites, 生駒屋. Keep this wonderful city, to save the easy thing will not cooperate, it is hope we leave to future generations.
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  • Visit 11/2016. It is a town that contains the old town. The quaint Inns and coffee shop, watch now. Elegant black post road.
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  • A real gem! many traditional wooden houses no. A way that attracts in every corner. Some locals eat, some little store. All Japanese style: simple but beautiful. Tourists, yes but virtually all local. So very quiet. Tip: try to reach the Kiso Valley drive. Rent a Kyoto dedicating ourselves all day maybe reaching Matsumoto to sleep or Narai which is the largest village and equally gorgeous. Guide to English but with all navigation is very easy ... believe it. Just get the phone number of the Tourist Office of the place of arrival and your car will take you there, no mistake. Awesome this solution, super effective. Fantasic!!
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  • Very scenic. Took us about an hour to leasurly walk around aimlessly. We also ate at 3 different street vendors (Nice balls, rice dumplings, rice pie). They usually only have a few seats (hiding inside) and some of them have a small fireplace inside which is very cozy/romantic.
  • Amazing historic village set on the old road from Tokyo to Kyoto. Lots of shops and cafes to visit. If you want to get away from the bustle of the cities then try here. Guidebooks say buses are infrequent but service is decent but you might wait an hour. They go to Nagiso station or back to Magome at the other end of the trail. We stayed in Nakatsugawa and got the regular bus from the train station to Magome. For the more dedicated Walker you can start in nakatsugawa and stop over night in a ryokan. Warning everything closes promptly by 5.30 including restaurants.
  • Tsumago is a nice post town on the historic Takasendo road between Kyoto and Tokyo. We stayed at Shimosagaya Minshuku, a family run inn, in a traditional 6 tatami mat room. The hosts were very friendly. Both dinner and breakfast featured mountain vegetables, pickled and fresh, as well as fish, pork, or eggs. And of course there was green tea and rice. Delicious!
  • Beautiful and quiet postal town in the mountains. Well worth a wander, stayed in the Hanaya ryokan which is a beautiful traditional Edo period house just out of town.
  • The hike through the Japanese Alps to Tsumago was absolutely wonderful. Take your time to stop and take in the natural beauty of the forests and fields, explore the small villages along the way. Most of the way, we were alone on the trail. It is perfect for taking photos. We had small children with us for the 4 mile trek in late May. They were able to handle the up hill climbs easily. The experience is something I'll always cherish with my family.
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