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  • Nakasendo Route In The Kiso Valley

  • Nakasendo Route In The Kiso Valley

  • Nakasendo Route In The Kiso Valley

  • Nakasendo Route In The Kiso Valley

  • Autumn Leaves In The Kiso Valley

  • Kiso Valley Between Magome And Tsumago

  • Hiking Trail In The Kiso Valley Nakasendo Route

  • Kiso Valley Nakasendo Route

  • Kiso Valley Nakasendo Route Between Magome And Tsumago

  • Drying Kaki (Persimmons) In Tsugamo Kiso Valley

  • Drying Kaki (Persimmons) In Tsugamo Kiso Valley

  • Kiso Valley Nakasendo Route Near Tsumago

  • Kiso Valley Nakasendo Route Near Tsumago

  • Kiso Valley Nakasendo Route Near Tsumago

  • Kiso Valley Nakasendo Route

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Facts & Figures

The Kiso Valley has a length of app. 60km. It is located in the southwestern part of the Nagano Prefecture. The alpine and densely forested area is crossed by the Nakasendo Route, a former post road. This route connected Kyoto with Edo (Tokyo city). Kiso Valley's main attractions are the beautiful nature and the old restored towns.

History

The Nakasendo Route was created when the Tokugawa shoguns ruled Japan from 1603 till 1867. Part of this route, which runs through the Kiso Valley, is called Kiso-ji Road. The Kiso-ji Road consists of eleven post stations/towns every 8 to 16km. Touristic highlights are the following 3 post towns Narai, Tsumago and Magome.

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Kiso Valley is located along the Kiso-gawa River in the southwestern part of Nagano Prefecture.

How to get to Kiso Valley?

  • 2,5hrs from Tokyo Shinjuku Station to Shiojiri Station by JR Azusa Line and
  • 1hr from Shiojiri Station to Nagiso Station by JR Chuo Line (Limited Express) and
  • 9min from Nagiso Station to Tsumago by local bus
  • 1hr from Nagoya to Nagiso Station by JR Chuo Line (Limited Express) and
  • 9min from Nagiso Station to Tsumago by local bus

Sightseeing spots

Top:

Mt. Ontake-san hiking - enjoy the 3hrs climb to the top (3,067m) of this holly mountain

Tsumago to Magome - 2,5hrs hiking tour along the Nakasendo Route, it is a must-do on your Japan trip

Narai, Tsumago, Magome - 3 beautiful preserved post towns

Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)

June

in Narai: Narai-juku Festival (5th till 7th)
The festival is celebrating the processions of tea also known as ocha-tsubo-dou-chuu during the Edo period.

August

in Tsumago: Fire Festival (fourth Saturday)
The festival is held near the ruins of Tsumago Castle. Enjoy the Kiso dance performances.

November

in Tsumago: Fuzoku Emaki Gyoretsu Parade (23rd)
Local people wearing costumes from the late Edo-period (Bunka-Bunsei 19th century) during this big parade.

in Magome: Shukuba Matsuri (23rd)
The parade with traditional costumes is the highlight of the Magome-juku post town festival.