Day 4: Kiso Valley
Today you will travel into the majestic Japanese Alps area. From Tokyo, it takes about 3 hours to reach Nakatsugawa by train. Frome here, a local bus will take you to the picturesque little village Magome. Make sure to explore the narrow alleys, mysterious side-roads and traditional buildings of this well-preserved village. Magome is connected to the similarly quaint village Tsumago by the so-called Nakasendo Route. Traditionally, this was the route one traveled to get from Kyoto to Tokyo (by foot of course!). Follow in the footsteps of Edo-period Japanese travelers and walk this part of the route, admiring the beauty of its nature, the monuments, shrines, temples, and legends surrounding the area on the way.
Of course this experience isn’t complete without staying at a traditional local Minshuku (pension), including Japanese style home-cooked meals!