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Sunday, 12 April - Day trip / hiking in Kiso Valley (Magome-Tsumago trail)

The Magome - Tsumago trail is a well-maintained section of the former Nakasendō, the route that ran along the Kiso Valley and connected Tokyo (Edo) with Kyoto during the Edo Period. The 9km (5.5 miles) trail is relatively gentle and takes around 2.5-3 hours to walk at a leisurely pace.


Japan Guide


Japan Guide

There were 69 staging posts between Edo and Kyoto, of which Magome and Tsumago are two post towns known today for traditional buildings. Magome’s proximity to the Chuō Expressway makes it a popular destination for day trippers with a broad stone walkway with shops and restaurants.


Japan Guide

In contrast Tsumago is known as one of the best preserved post towns in Japan with more authentic and rustic buildings.


Japan Guide



Japan Guide


Kiso Ontake Tourism Office

From Tsumago we can catch one of the infrequent buses to Nagiso station or walk a further 3.5km (2.2 miles) in about 45 minutes. The trail is well maintained and any light walking shoes or sneakers will be fine.

Provisional itinerary
Leave Nagoya 09:00 - (Limited Express Shinano #5) - arrive Nakatsugawa 09:48
Leave Nakatsugawa 09:55 - (Kita Ena bus) - arrive Magome 10:20
Walk Magome-Tsumago trail 8km/5miles (2.5 ~ 3 hours) with a lunch stop
Walk Tsumago-Nagiso 45 mins or bus to Nagiso
Leave Nagiso 16:55 - (Limited Express Shinano #18) - arrive Nagoya 18:05
or
Leave Nagiso 17:55 - (Limited Express Shinano #20) - arrive Nagoya 19:05
or
Leave Nagiso 16:58 - (change at Nakatsugawa) - arrive Nagoya 18:57

Cost
Train fare including limited express charges but no reserved seats will be approx. 5,430 yen. Add 800-1000 yen for bus rides. If 3 or 4 people are travelling together they can get a group ticket for 15,650 yen or 18,780 yen (5,217 yen or 4,695 yen pp). The group ticket is valid for 3 days, must be purchased at least one day in advance and includes bus fares or taxi up to 4,000 yen as well as discount coupons in some local shops and restaurants. Alternatively an “Aozora Free Pass” (one day pass issued by JR Tōkai) costing 2,620 yen is valid for this route but does not include limited express surcharges (1200 yen each way without reserved seats).


More information on the Magome-Tsumago Trail may be found at:
https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6078.html
https://en.visitkiso.com/tours/9/detail/
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