New story up on our website, Exploring Kiso Valley. Follow the link in profile for full story.
Taking time out from Tokyo and looking forward to a few days of open spaces and quiet time I take the train south to Nagoya and on to the Kiso Valley. I plan to spend two nights in Tsumago, a post town on the Nakasendo Way from where I will take a day walk to Magome, the next town along the route.
The Nakasendo Way (central mountain route) which links Kyoto with Edo (present-day Tokyo), was one of five highways that were centrally administered routes, or kaido, connecting the capital of Japan, Edo, with the other provinces during the Edo period (1603 – 1868). These official routes were for the use of the Shogun and Daimyo (Feudal Lords). Much later the Nakasendo highway became a popular pilgrimage route. Today there are still long stretches of the highway that remain much the same as 200 years ago.
Tsumago is the 42nd of 69 post towns (juku) along the Nakasendo Way, that provided food and lodging for travellers. Designated by the Japanese government as a Nationally Designated Architectural Preservation Site in 1976, Tsumago is one of the best-preserved post towns along the trail.......read full story, follow link in profile ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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