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Tsumago and Magome

Edo era post town

Follow in the footsteps of ancient highway travellers in this traditional post town.

Discover Tsumago and Magome

Immerse yourself in the authentic essence of Japan as you delve deeper into the picturesque Kiso Valley. The historic Nakasendo highway, connecting the ancient capital of Kyoto with Matsumoto, winds through this region. Tsumago, once a bustling post town, has been lovingly preserved by residents, allowing visitors to experience traditional buildings and flagstone streets just as they appeared during the Edo period. Stay in Tsumago and indulge in traditional hospitality and rejuvenating hot springs. 

Embark on an 8-kilometer walk through stunning mountains and forests along the pilgrimage route linking the traditional villages of Tsumago and Magome. Upon arrival in Magome, you’ll be greeted by friendly local traders, continuing a long-standing tradition. Marvel at the Ukiyoe prints, tangible remnants of the rest and entertainment once provided to weary travelers in these historic towns. As evening sets in, take a stroll along lantern-lit streets adorned with wooden buildings, immersing yourself in the atmosphere of bygone eras. And don’t forget to explore the shops offering emperor-approved, top-quality Hinoki cypress wooden products, known for their durability and longevity. 

Discover the timeless allure of Tsumago and Magome, where history intertwines with stunning natural landscapes, providing a truly unforgettable journey into Japan’s past. 

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