Looking for a day out of the urban jungle, for some fresh mountain air
and greenery, for some pretty historical architecture? All this you can
find in Kiso valley.This is a very nice green area just an hour away from
Nagoya, offering old town stroll, easy nature walk and even proper mountain
hiking ? take your pick!
Magome and its brother Tsumago are two
small historical towns featuring pretty traditional houses worth a lazy stroll
with a camera.
The towns used to be bustling stopping
points along the main post road Naka Sendo a century ago, but when the
construction of the railway Chuo-line bypassed them, they were all of a sudden
forgotten and, as a happy result, got frozen in time.
Well, it is a happy result for us, the visitors 100 years later, but you
can imagine it wasnft so for the local businesses at that time. New contemporary
towns appeared close to Chuo line and the old towns in the mountain were
eventually developed as open-air museums, where every house now is an omiyage
shop, a traditional restaurant or a minshuku.The two old towns are connected
between them by a bus service, train, and (much recommended!) an easy walking
path through the mountains.
Another thing to enjoy in Kiso valley are the mountains themselves. Just
ask at the local tourist information centre and youfll be amazed by the
variety and scenery.More adventurous souls or those with a car may like
to explore the smaller old towns up the valley or enjoy a day at a camping
For the omiyage hunters itfs worth mentioning the variety of interesting
wooden crafts and the mixture of mountain medical herbs, supposedly good
for the digestion.Those interested in culinary experience might like to
know that both towns feature the best dumplings Ifve ever tried. Local
specialty is soba and gohei mochi (baked rice cakes covered with sweet
As you see this area can provide with a variety of one-day trips.
It is easily accessible from Nagoya via Chuo line ? take it from Kanayama,
Tsurumai or Chikusa to Nakatsugawa and then ask for the bus service to
Magome at the tourist information office outside the station.
Enjoy your trip!