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 2.5 hours. 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 & taxi)
lunch break & strolling around the town
15:30 JR Tsumago station
17:00 JR Nagoya station