Magome to Tsumago Trail – Kiso Valley
The Magome to Tsumago Trail is a well maintained section of the former Nakasendo, the route that ran along the Kiso Valley and connected Tokyo with Kyoto during the Edo Period.
The trail is not difficult and is well marked in English and Japanese. It is about 8 km long and should take two to three hours to complete at a leisurely pace.
Passing through the countryside and alongside the houses and fields of local residents. A walk along the Tsumago to Magome trail is a highly enjoyable part of visiting the Kiso Valley. From Magome to Tsumago involves less uphill walking than the opposite direction.
During the Edo period there were five roadways that connected Edo (modern day Tokyo) and outlying regions. The Nakasendo linked Edo and Kyoto and ran through central Japan. It had 69 posting stations of which Magome-juku was the 43rd. A walk though Magome-juku will transport you back to the Edo period, some 300 years ago.