Magome was the forty-third of sixty-nine stations post stations along the Nakasendo road (534 km), an ancient highway between Tokyo and Kyoto during the Edo period. The route between Magome and Tsumago (the 42nd post station) is a well-preserved segment of the Nakasendo where travelers could take a short break during their long journey. After the Second World War, local residents restored the town to its beauty during the Edo period. Nowadays, tourists are drawn to the hiking route between these two post stations because of their unique historic significance.
★Access: Take the Shinano Express on the JR Chuo Line to Nagano and get off at Nakatsugawa. From there, take a local train (futsu) to Nagiso or an hourly bus to Magome.
★Website (English): http://www.tumago.jp/english/
Photos & report by Enkhee Purev
* 15 JTNC Travel Reporters are currently reporting from Central Japan.