Getting Around Magome



  • was the Fourthy-third of the Sixty-nine stations of Nakasendo,an ancient road that connected to Kyoto and Edo during Edo period.It was also the eleventh stations along the Kisoji,which was the precursor part of the Nakasendo,running to the Kiso valley.This well-preserved section of the old route of Nakatsugawa City Gifu Prefecture.The central feature of Magome is restored of a row houses along the former post road,which runs a slop between the towns low and high ends.Most were built for common people in the midth 18th century,with shops and inns for travelers along the Nakasendo.A quiet portion of the original highway has been preserved between Magome-juku to Tsumago-juku,the next post town which was also restored.It provides with a pleasant walk through forest and past waterfalls.There is also a bus provided between the two post towns for the visitors to easily  reach the start until the end of the path..You can see also the view of Mount Ena with a height of 2,190 meters (7,185ft).Magome is also well known as the birthplace or the childhood place of Shimazaki Tozon the author and who wrote about the Kiso region and his famous novel “Before the Dawn”between 1929 to 1935,he is  buried in the town in a small cemetery..





  • National Highway 19 (Route 19), or “Kisoji”, goes through Shiojiri City the Kiso Valley in Nagano Prefecture and Nakatsugawa City in Gifu Prefecture. This road used to be a part of “Nakasendo”. Nakasendo was one of the old roads made in Japan’s Edo Period (16031867). It started from Edo (present-day Tokyo), reaching Kyoto via the Kiso Valley. Many people have travelled on “Kisoji” since then, and still the old Japanese scenery lives on.
  • There were 11 post towns in Kisoji, and most of them have been preserved the way they used to be. Tsumago-juku is especially well known as one of the best preserved post towns in Japan. It is highly recognized for its historical value because it precisely reproduces the time approximately 200 years ago.
  • Magome is also addressed in the Kiso path, but there is a post town of 11 in a period of about 80 km in total length


  • It is open from 9:00AM to 4:00PM.


  • Souvenir shops open and close 9:00 to 4:00pm same time as the Shimazaki Memorial Hall..


  • They close earlier than the souvenir shops.
  • Reservation is always required.
  • There are no restaurants open after 5:00pm.
  • There is a small supermarket located at the entrance of Magome village it opens at
  • 9:00pm close at 5:00pm depends on the season.
  • You can find restaurants in Nakatsugawa City. It’s about a half-hour drive away.


  • Every June, fireflies fly around the fields and rivers. Two weeks before the end of June up until August is the best time to see the Heike fireflies.
  • Fireflies Festival will be held in mid-June.
  • Every July, you can try to stop over the highway overseeing the rice fields leaving only the hazard lights to experience seeing the fireflies.


  • Because of the high altitude you can see the stars so clearly. Especially after the rain, the sky looks incredibly beautiful in particular.


  • Every summer you can collect stag beetles.
  • Recently, they can be found the “Bon-den mountain”.


  • In Nakatsugawa, mashed potato with chestnut is famous.
  • There are places where you can pick some chestnuts.


  • You can walk along Magome and see the nature. Every spring walking feels really great.
  • Around May you can pick and eat yellow raspberries from the trees.


  • It is a hot spring located 5-minutes away from Magome.
  • They have a spa, pool, Jacuzzi, pool slides, open-air bath, sauna, restaurant and many more.
  • You can enjoy the place in many ways.


  • We have good quality woodwork and lacquerware.
  • They are professionally made.
  • I suggest Yamashiroya of Magome and Yamadai Ookura.


  • It is located in Southern Kiso, Nagano Prefecture. It is well known as a pure green river.
  • The valley is about 6.3 km long, and there are many beautiful waterfalls.
  • It is very easy access valley because the road is accessible by car.


  • It is a plateau, which is also more than 1000 meters above sea level. “Kiso horse ranch”, “buckwheat Kaida” and “corn Kaida” is famous.
  • There are about 50 Kiso horses on the Kaida Plateau.



  • A deep Japanese cypress forest valley with clean, clear mountain streams and waterfalls forging the headwaters of the Tsukechi River.
  • Tsukechigawa River is the Mecca of fishing.


  • One of the famous hot springs. It is located in the center of Gifu, Prefecture.In location such as shrines and temples,you can find traces of well-known people,traditional houses and historical places located at the spas..


  • It is a city located in Gifu, Prefecture Japan.
  • Takayama was established in the late 16th century as the castle town of the Kanamori clan,but in 1692 it was placed under direct control of the bakufu(shogunate)in Edo.The centerpiece of ancient,mountanious region is the handsome town of Takayama,known for merchant houses,temples and strong craft tradition.Hida`s signature architectural style is the thatch-roofed gassho zukuri,while its culinary fame restaurants in Hida is gyu (a local beef),hobe miso(sweet miso paste grilled at the table on the magnolia leaf) and soba…
  • google map from MAGOME to TAKAYAMA


  • It is a second largest city in Nagano, Prefecture..Matsumoto has been around since at least the 8th century.It is most famous for Matsumotojo, one of Japan’s most beautiful original castles.,some pretty streets and an atmosphere that both laid back and surprisngly cosmopolitan..The castle is open to tourists and displays many ancient weapons.
  • google map from MAGOME to MATSUMOTO


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