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Discover Authentic Japan in Tsumago & Magome, Nakasendo

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9h $ 151


  • meet and touch authentic traditional Japan by strolling through towns and visiting traditional houses
  • enjoy talking with citizens who welcome visitors with local foods and smiles of hospitality
  • trace the same route of the highway between two towns which travelers once walked along in the past

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Children ( 6 to 11 years old )
151.30 USD

People Adults Children Infant
1 person 151.30 USD 44.50 USD 0 USD
2 people 106.80 USD 44.50 USD 0 USD
3 people 89.00 USD 44.50 USD 0 USD
4 people 71.20 USD 44.50 USD 0 USD
5 people 57.85 USD 44.50 USD 0 USD
* Children ( 6 to 11 years old )
FREE cancelation 30 days prior


Strolling around the most famous traditional post town takes you back to nostalgic Japan. The moment visitors enter the towns on the highway Nakasendo, they will feel as if they are in a time warp of Edo period, where local people spend daily lives and welcome tourists preserving buildings and landscape. You will find authentic Japan walking through a cozy town in a one-day tour from Nagoya.

What to Expect

Tsumago-juku is one of the traditional post-towns of the Nakasendo highway. In the 1960s, this small town was on the verge of deterioration and about to lose its unique figure because of development in the wake of modernization. However, it revived through citizen’s preservation movement and was designated as one of the Important Traditional Buildings Preservation Areas by the government.

Visitors stroll around an authentic traditional town and see a nostalgic townscape which consists of traditional wooden houses. Wakihonjin-Okuya(National Important Cultural Property) is one of the typical buildings in which the Meiji emperor stayed. It is open for everyone to visit and enjoy walking through most rooms and seeing valuable antique goods, while hearing an exquisite explanation by a local guide.

When you feel hungry or thirsty, some cozy restaurants and sweet shops will satisfy your appetite. My recommendations are Gohei-mochi with green tea or handmade buckwheat noodles, Soba, with Sake. Gohei-mochi is a soft rise-cake with sweet soy-bean paste. You might get hooked on its simple and delicious taste that you’ve never experienced before.

If you want, you could walk from the next town Magome to Tsumago, or the either way. It only takes 90 minutes. On the way, you can enjoy serene landscapes and nature including a waterfall. Moderately maintained pavements and signboards lead you in the right direction on the mountain. I am sure you will feel like being an ancient traveler.

Magome is also a post town similar to Tsumago which is known for the birthplace of a famous novelist Toson Shimazaki. In Magome most houses were rebuilt after a big fire at the end of 19th century, but a variety of shops and museums, such as Toson’s Museum and Shimizuya Museum, attracts many tourists thorough the year.

*The approximate itinerary is as follows:
8:00 JR Nagoya station
↓(by train)
9:30 Magome-zyuku
strolling around the town& tea break
11:00 Magometoge
↓(on foot)
12:30 Tsumago-zyku
lunch break & strolling around the town
15:30 JR Tsumago station
↓(by train)
17:00 JR Nagoya station

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  • meet and touch authentic traditional Japan by strolling through towns and visiting traditional houses
  • enjoy talking with citizens who welcome visitors with local foods and smiles of hospitality
  • trace the same route of the highway between two towns which travelers once walked along in the past


I can guide in Kyoto in case you support transportation fee.

The course will change depending on the weather and guest's condition.

What‘s included
guide fee
hotel pick-up
What‘s not included
transportation fee about 7000yen/person(you and guide),
lunch about 1600yen/person (you and guide)
entrance fee 1200yen/person(you and guide)
*It will cost about 10000yen/prson in total.
Depart From
Meeting Point
At JR Nagoya Station
Ending Point
At JR Nagoya Station
9 hours
Starting time
08:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 5 people

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 15 )
Charlene Charlene United States ( Couple )
3 hours ago

“ Exceptional Trip!!! ”

Very happy to tour with Tetsuji-san! We arranged a visit to Mino for traditional Washi (paper) crafts, as well as Seki for the Sword museum and a knife making factory tour. In addition to planning a great day in Mino & Seki, he helped keep us on schedule with trains, arranged a delicious lunch, and did a great job of answering our questions. After the trip, Tetsuji was kind enough to send us pictures he had taken of us during the day to help with the memory book of our vacation. Excellent communication during pre-trip planning, as well as during the day of our trip. It was such a relief to have Tetsuji with us in these areas of Japan less traveled by tourists. Highly recommended!

Troy Troy United States ( Family with kids )
1 month ago

“ Very pleasant and accomodating ”

Very pleasent and well prepared. He took us to a restaurant that specializes in Uniagi and Ayu. The tour of the knife factory that he set up was excellent. He was able to keep us on schedule which is not an easy task.


Thank you for quick review for my tour. I am relieved to know you are satisfied with my tour against some inconvenience. I was happy to communicate with you and your family members all the time. I hope to see you if you have a chance to visit central Japan area again. I have just sent some photos with some comment to your address. Please enjoy it and give my best regards to others.

Eyal Eyal United States ( Couple )
5 months ago

“ Good communicator and detailed oriented ”

Tetsuji and I planned the trip together where I indicated what interested us and he gave us helpful suggestions. On the day of the tour he met us at the hotel and we traveled together to the museums (Feather, Traditional Swordsmith Museum) and a knife factory, where he had arranged a personal tour by the factory president! As we had time we before our scheduled train to Tokyo Tetsuji took us on a short walk to old Minoota. We would highly recommend Tetsuji.


I also enjoyed planning the tour and now got relieved to have accepted your nice review. Both you and Mary are curious traveler making me happy to answer questions. I am looking forward to making a plan again with you. Thank you.

Robert Robert Australia ( Couple )
6 months ago

“ Very patient and understanding ”

We were terribly delayed getting off the cruise ship. Tetsuji was very kind, although he waited a long time. Adjusted our schedule very well. We had a terrific lunch and he got us back to the ship on time. Highly recommended. A true gentleman.


Thank you so much for kind words. I’m sorry for a hectic guided tour due to customs problem, but I’m relieved you have enjoyed lunch so happily. I really wanted to enjoy having hot springs with you after that. I am looking forward to seeing you again.

Judith Judith Singapore ( Solo )
6 months ago

“ The best kinds of tours are ones with local guides! ”

I am so happy that my first experience with TripleLights was with Tetsuji-san! He was very knowledgeable about many things in Gifu and so very friendly! Tetsuji-san's command of English was also very good! My friend and I greatly enjoyed our tour of Gifu with Tetsuji-san. Tetsuji-san was extremely flexible with our itinerary, I had time to do a bit of exploring on my own and ended up going to some of the places on our original itinerary so Tetsuji-san modified it for us. He took us to this beautiful park that would look even more amazing in Spring, something I would not have been able to find on my own. Visiting Shouhouji was an experience as well as we were fortunate enough that the temple master was there to give us a history tour of the temple. Unfortunately due to weather co... read more


I can’t thank you enough for your so much appreciation to me, though you regrettably didn’t enjoy viewing Ukai on the boat. I apologize to you instead of the mayor. However, I believe his decision was correct from the security point of view. As you mentioned, you always have a next time. I am really looking forward to seeing you in the not-so-far future.