Magome in Gifu Prefecture

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  • Magome Old Post Town in the Kiso Valley

    Magome Old Post Town in the Kiso Valley

  • Magome Old Post Town along the Nakasendo Route

    Magome Old Post Town along the Nakasendo Route

  • Old Preserved House in Magome

    Old Preserved House in Magome

  • Water Mill in Magome Kiso Valley

    Water Mill in Magome Kiso Valley

  • Magome Old Post Town along the Nakasendo Route

    Magome Old Post Town along the Nakasendo Route

  • Magome Tajimaya Hotel

    Magome Tajimaya Hotel

  • Magome Old Preserved Edo Style House

    Magome Old Preserved Edo Style House

  • Magome Old Post Town along the Nakasendo Route

    Magome Old Post Town along the Nakasendo Route

  • Sunset in the Magome Town Kiso Valley

    Sunset in the Magome Town Kiso Valley

  • Magome Fireplace inside Tajimaya

    Magome Fireplace inside Tajimaya

  • Magome Old Post Town along the Nakasendo Route

    Magome Old Post Town along the Nakasendo Route

  • Magome Old Post Town along the Nakasendo Route

    Magome Old Post Town along the Nakasendo Route

  • Magome Old Town in the Kiso Valley

    Magome Old Town in the Kiso Valley

  • Magome Main Street

    Magome Main Street

  • Magome Main Street

    Magome Main Street

  • Magome Old Post Town along the Nakasendo Route

    Magome Old Post Town along the Nakasendo Route

  • Magome Old Post Town along the Nakasendo Route

    Magome Old Post Town along the Nakasendo Route

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Facts & Figures

Magome together with Tsumago is one of the best preserved post towns in Japan. It has a good infrastructure for tourists with many souvenir shops, restaurants, and inns. Magome offers great views over the valley and the surrounding mountains (esp. Mount Ena with 2190m).

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History

Magome was the 43rd station out of 69 stations along the Nakasendo Route (534 km). The route connected Kyoto with Edo (Tokyo city) when the Tokugawa shoguns ruled Japan (1603-1867). The town is famous for the novelist Shimazaki Toson (1872–1943). He was born in Magome and created novels like Ie (The Family) and Yoake Mae (Before the Dawn).

My tips for local activities

Local guide for historical Nakasendo walking trail from Tsumago to Magome

How about joining a guided hike of the historical Nakasendo walking trail from the well-preserved old Japanese town of Tsumago to Magome with roundtrip transportation from Matsumoto. For more details check out this page >

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Magome belongs to the city Nakatsugawa and is located within the Gifu Prefecture.

How to get to Magome?

  • 2,5hrs from Tokyo Shinjuku Station to Shiojiri Station by JR Azusa Line and
  • 1hr from Shiojiri Station to Nakatsugawa Station by Shinano limited express and
  • 30min from Nakatsugawa Station to Magome by local bus
  • 50min from Nagoya to Nakatsugawa Station by Shinano limited express and
  • 30min from Nakatsugawa Station to Magome by local bus

Sightseeing spots

Top:

Honjin and Toson Memorial Museum - the post town's principal inn was the birthplace of Shimazaki Toson

Tsuchimaya Shiryokan - a small museum devoted to the life of Shimazaki Toson, located on the 2nd floor of the building

Wakihonjin Museum - beautiful museum about the history of Magome

Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)

November

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

Where to stay near Magome?

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