Tsumago and Magome in Kiso Valley one day tour from Nagoya with a private van

The Nakasendo is one of the five ancient highways that were built by Edo Government about 400 years ago. It connected Tokyo and Kyoto. Villages called post towns sprung up along the route as places for travelers to stop to eat, restock, and stay overnight. On this one-day tour you will visit two of these post towns: Magome and Tsumago. Both have retained the atmosphere of the Edo Period, due to conscientious efforts by locals and officials to preserve their special wood and plaster architecture, wood craftsmanship, traditions, and food.

Struggle no longer with the train timetables and local buses which don’t run often, with your own knowledgeable tour guide taxi driver who will both show you around the area and provide easy point to point travelling. Our driver will assist you on planning your day at these two sites so you can make the most of your time.
* Duration: 9 hours
* Starts: Nagoya, Japan
* Trip Category: Cultural & Theme Tours >> Cultural Tours




The Nakasendo is one of the five ancient highways that were built by Edo Government about 400 years ago. It connected Tokyo and Kyoto. Villages called post towns sprung up along the route as places for travelers to stop to eat, restock, and stay overnight. On this one-day tour you will visit two of these post towns: Magome and Tsumago. Both have retained the atmosphere of the Edo Period, due to conscientious efforts by locals and officials to preserve their special wood and plaster architecture, wood craftsmanship, traditions, and food.

Struggle no longer with the train timetables and local buses which don’t run often, with your own knowledgeable tour guide taxi driver who will both show you around the area and provide easy point to point travelling. Our driver will assist you on planning your day at these two sites so you can make the most of your time.

Itinerary
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Stop At: Nakasendo Magome-juku, Magome, Nakatsugawa 508-0502 Gifu Prefecture

you can soak in the tranquil atmosphere as you explore the town which is situated on a mountain slope. Marvel at watery scenery such as wooden water wheels.

Take an optional hike along this stunning stretch of the Nakasendo replete with waterfalls, hidden shrines and rivers from Magome to Tsumago (van provided if you choose not to do this). The trail between Magome and Tsumago is 9 km, uphill first then down towards Tsumago. If you struggle with hiking uphill, you can start hiking in the middle of the trail and walk mostly downhill. If you’re not sure whether you can hike all the way or not, you can start hiking from the middle of the trail and therefore walk mainly downhill. If you do get too tired, our driver is happy to come and pick you up anytime! Please talk to your driver on the day to set this up.
*Please note that our driver can drop you off at the middle of the trail so you can enjoy an easier hike.

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

Stop At: Toson Memorial Museum, 4256-1 Magome, Nakatsugawa 508-0502 Gifu Prefecture

A memorial hall that traces the work and life of the literary master Toson Shimazaki and the history of Toson’s hometown of Magome

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Tsumago-juku, 吾妻-2159-2 南木曽町 Nagiso, Kiso District, Nagano 399-5302, Japan

At Tsumago, embrace a different atmosphere while you relax and eat some delicious food after your journey here. Tsumago is less geared towards tourism than Magome, and so you can enjoy its more authentic charm. It is located on a flat area in the middle of mountains, which makes it a good place to rest after a hike! While you are here, visit Waki Honjin, which was originally accommodation for high status people who would pass through the town during the Edo period. It is now a museum which shows off the town and its own unique history. Enjoy Tsumago’s beautiful scenery and gardens.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Wakihonjin Okuya, 2190 Nagisomachi Azuma, Nagiso-machi, Kiso-gun 399-5320 Nagano Prefecture

Waki Honjin was originally accommodation for high status people who would pass through the town during the Edo period. It is now a museum which shows off the town and its own unique history

Duration: 30 minutes