Back in time to 17th century at Nakasendo trail, Narai, Tsumago and Magome postal towns!

Back in time to 17th century at Nakasendo trail, Narai, Tsumago and Magome postal towns!

Post towns in Nakasendo trail road

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Nakasendo trail road

Nakasendo trail route

The Nakasendo, one of the five highways developed in the Edo period (1603-1867) from Tokyo to other parts of Japan.

It’s connected Edo’s Nihonbashi bridge with Kyoto’s Sanjo Ohashi bridge via an inland route.

( Tokaido route is sea side route)

The total length of the road was 540 km, and 69 post towns were established along the way.

Post towns

Post town of Nakasendo trail route

The Narai, Tsumago, and Magome post towns introduced here are part of the 11 post towns on the Kiso (the old name for Nagano Prefecture) Road.

They still retain the atmosphere of the Edo period.

The distance between Magome and Tsumago is 8 km, and you can enjoy the nature of the Japanese mountains on this hiking course.


Naraijuku post town
Naraijuku post town
Naraijuku post town

The streets of Naraijuku start from the JR Narai Station and continue for about 1,000 m.

It is the most accessible.

Restaurants, cafes, and stores are scattered about, and people still live here.

The road is not a pedestrian street like Tsumago or Magome, which is a drawback, as residents’ cars sometimes pass by.


Tsumagojuku post town
Tsumagojuku post town

Tsumagojuku was the first post town in Japan to be designated as a preservation area in 1976.

It’s after the residents themselves took the initiative from 1968 to preserve the streetscape.

Even today, the streetscape of the Edo period (1603-1867) continues for 800m, including the Terashita district, the first area to be designated as a preservation area.

There are restaurants, cafes, stores, and ryokan (Japanese-style inns), and the area offers the widest variety of attractions.

It’s including the main lodge used by feudal lords in the old days.

Honjin ( samurai hotel) in Tsumagojuku
Honjin( samurai hotel) in Tsumagojuku


Magomejuku post town

Magomejuku is a townscape with steep slopes lined with stone pavement on both sides.

Magomejuku post town

There are restaurants, cafes, stores, and the popular author Shimazaki Toson Memorial Museum.

The observatory at the top offers the best view of of the three.

We can see Mt.Ena and the distant scenery of Ena region.

Mt.Ena From Magomejuku post town
Magomejuku observatory

Why don’t you try Japanese date back post towns?

You will find the combination with traditional life and nature!

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