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This historic footpath through the Kiso Valley connects the villages of Tsumago and Magome. The partially paved trail is approximately 8 kilometers in length and passes by several historic and natural wonders.
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Magome, Nakatsugawa 508-0502, Gifu Prefecture
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All reviews tea house post town the bus stay overnight your luggage self guided tourist office walking shoes guided walking tour water mill lovely historic town free tea day trip authentic experience beautiful scenery starting point the main street
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I reviewed the hiking trail under another similarly-titled listing; hence, will use this one the review the 2 places they link - Tsumago and Magome - instead. I stayed in Tsumago and walked to Magome. I enjoyed walking down the historic streets of both equally....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Asperger_Singapore
Reviewed 4 days ago

After a busy city you might enjoy peace of this forest path. From Magome to Tsumago it takes about 2 hours and there are some steepish hills and stairs. We were told to take our luggage with us in the bus from Nakatsugwa to Magome,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Elina S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked the Nakasendo from Magome to Tsumago and were charged by the beauty of the scenery. It has its steeper parts but overall it is an easy hike. It was the end of November so there we encountered hardly any other travelers. But we...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Bruce I
Reviewed 1 week ago

We decide to walk the 3D2N trail from Magome as the start. Magome is a nice town, touristy with plenty of food and souvenir to buy. The stone paved path is up sloped, not an easy walk. As I’m non-athletic and novice hiker, so strongly...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Kwan A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Started early so not many people on the trail. Had a wonderful experience on the way at the tea house where we were given tea and a snack in return for a donation. Very kind man at the teahouse and interesting history. The trail is...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank GrahamR888
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You can access the Nakasendo Walking trail also from Ochiaigawa station, for those who want a full day of walking and experience the trail off the beaten path. Also saves you from waiting for the bus with your fellow tourists. The 19 km stretch can...More

Date of experience: November 2018
4  Thank John H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's not the Kumano Kodo, it's much easier. There are more people, too. BUT, the scenery is stunning, the post towns pretty, and, when you are on the trail, you meet lots of very nice folks from all over the place. The trail is not...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Robert B
Reviewed 9 November 2018

Be aware that there's a steep, sealed path up from the bus stop, so take your time & absorb the culture of a previous time & how this "post town" functioned. Of course, many homes/business houses have been renovated or re-built, but to original designs....More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 9 November 2018

Do NOT try this with loaded back-packs unless training to join the SAS or U.S. Seals. The path up from Magome is steep & rocky for approx 3kms, then plain rocky down the - sometimes steep - 4.7kms into Tsumago. Best advice we & many,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank AntiquesOnTour
Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

We were glad the place we stayed at couldn’t fit us in for dinner. Our agent booked Haginoya for us and it was a fantastic restaurant and we had a private room. The food was super delicious with beautiful artistic presentation. Our server was friendly...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Joshua M
16 November 2018|
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Response from Anne T | Reviewed this property |
This could be true. Dealings in the villages were local currency. We went through a company so didn’t deal directly with local payments for accomodation. Little to no English spoken.
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Vicki Brian M
9 October 2018|
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Response from soniacox1 | Reviewed this property |
We stayed at Magome and walked to Tsumago, which is the easier route. The place we stayed was magome chaya. Lovely hostelry.
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Carole L
6 October 2018|
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Response from Anne T | Reviewed this property |
The black cat luggage forwarding certificates needs to be completed in Japanese and if you are staying in a hotel they will do this for you. You need to give them 2 days notice. We did ours in Tokyo to Kiso Fukushima and... More
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