Nakasendo Magome to Tsumago Trail Hiking in Japan

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Tsumago-juku post town in nagano

Nakasendo is a popular spot for sightseeing in Japan these days. A few days before, this was picked up in Lovely Planet which is fascinating travelers all over the world. Today, I, the editor who is living in Nagano having this spot will introduce Magome to Tsumago Trail Hiking and Nakasendo clearly.

History of Magome to Tsumago Trail Hiking and Nakasendo

Tsumago-juku post town in nagano

History of Nakasendo

Nakasendo was one of the five ways of the Edo period (Samurai period). This road connected two important spots between Tokyo (Edo) to Kyoto in Japan. There were 69 post towns (Shukuba, Station).

This trail connects between Kyoto and Tokyo. This was born in 1601. Along the trail, there are many Shukubamachi(Post-town) which means the place to stay for travelers.

History of Magome to Tsumago Trail Hiking

Magome to Tsumago trail is a part of Nakasendo, about walking by 2 and 2 1/2 hours. In the Edo Period, Many merchants and travelers were on this road. It is 20 minutes by car, but you can enjoy the historic townscape and nature forest by walking. It has been popular with foreign tourists since the 2010s.

e-Bike Cycling Tour on Nakasendo

nakasendo 中山道

If you get tired of the major route of Nakasendo, for example, Magome to Tsumago Trail Hiking, I recommend the e-Bike Cycling Tour on Nakasendo. You can enjoy other traditional landscapes.

Especially, I recommend e-Bike cycling at Shimosuwa to Tateshina, Nagawa Area in Nagano. Please the below article for more information about this area’s e-bike tour!


Attractive places and Tours on Magome to Tsumago Trail and Nakasendo

Tsumago Juku Post Town on Magome to Tsumago Trail

Tsumago-juku post town in Nagano

This was flourished as a Ssukuba-machi. And also this was designated as the Nation’s Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings. We can understand the way of living at that time by visiting some historical museums.

How to Access Tsumago Juku Post Town from Tokyo

We will take Shinkansen to Nagoya from Tokyo, It takes about 1.5 hours. And then we will take Tokkyu Shinano Rail from Nagoya to Nagiso, it takes about 1.5 hours. Finally, we will take a taxi for ten minutes from Nagiso station.

→More information about Tsumago Juku Post Town

Narai Juku Post Town on Nakasendo

Narai-juku Historic Post town

In Narai-juku, the view of the old street has been maintained and these buildings were built by using unique local techniques. And they have historical and academic values.

How to access Narai Juku Post Town from Tokyo

We will take JR rapid train called Chuou Honsen from Tokyo station to Shiojiri station in Nagano, it takes about 2.5 hours. And we will exchange another JR local train from Shiojiri to Nrai station. Finally, we will walk for 3 minutes from the station to the destination.

→More information about Narai Juku Post Town

e-Bike Cycling Tour in Tateshina Town on Nakasendo

nakasendo 中山道

Tateshina town (立科町) is located in Saku area in Nagano prefecture. Near Ueda City which is famous for it’s historic Ueda Castle, and also Karuizawa, a famous summer resort. In Tateshina Town, you can see a deep relation between the natural environment such as the birch forest and the town’s historic townscape s which attracts people.

The scenery of Lake Shirakaba, Lake Megami, and Shirakaba Highland is beautiful. Visitors can feel the historic atmosphere and visit the authentic townscapes preserved since the Edo-period at the Shukuba post towns of Ashida and Motai.

Access Tateshina e-Bike Cycling Tour from Tokyo

There is a direct bus from Shinjuku Basuta (9:00) to Tateshina Bokujo Ranch(13:14). The tourist information center is about a 10-minute walk from the hotel. The bus is the best way to get to the tourist information center cheaply and easily.


Can we walk Nakasendo? How can we go to Nakasendo Magome to Tsumago Trail Hiking from Kyoto and Osaka?

Can we walk along the Nakasendo?

Nakasendo is very difficult to walk for the whole road because a long before it was the road connecting Kyoto and Tokyo. However, we can go around by bicycles or on foot for two and three hours each spot such as Kiso Umagoi-Juku~Tsumago-Juku.

How can we go to Nakasendo from Kyoto and Osaka?

In Kyoto, there is also Nakasendo because it is a road connecting Kyoto and Osaka. However, if Nakasendo which you want to go may famous spots such as Umagoi-Juku and Tsumago-Juku, it is better to take Shinkansen from Kyoto station to Nagoya station and take rapid Shinano train to Nakatsugawa station for visiting Umagoi-Juku. It will take about 3~5 hours.

How to access Magome to Tsumago Trail from Tokyo

Tokyo to Magome Juku, where is the start place of Magome to Tsumago trail, is so far. Firstly you should take Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Nagoya Station.

Secondly, you should take Shinano Limited Express from Nagoya Station to Nakatsugawa Station at Gifu prefecture. Finally, you will take the bus Magome Line towards Magome from Nakatsugawa Station to Magome. This way is \13,200, take about 3h 40minutes.

Magome to Tsumago Trail Hiking and Nakasendo is The One and Only

Tsumago-juku post town in nagano

In Nakasendo, there are many interesting points. If you want to know about Nakasendo and Historical sites, please visit the below site.

→Nagano’s top best 10 historical sites


The characteristic points of Nagano prefecture are a fusion between affluent nature and Japanese traditional lifestyle. Nagano is constructed in many town and village, where have originality. These regions have a different history, different culture, different nature, we can feel a side of Nagano as a treasure box.

Northern Alps in Nagano


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