Magome-juku

岐阜県

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Enjoy Natural Scenery:Waterfall
Encounter History and Tradition:Historic building
Get Some Exercise:Hiking

Seasons

Spring / Summer / Autumn / Winter

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Slip back in time to medieval Japan at this roadway inn deep in the mountains.

For centuries, the Nakasendo Road linked Nihonbashi in Edo (Tokyo) with Sanjo Ohashi in Kyoto. Magome-juku flourished as the 43rd station on the road, some 332 km from Tokyo. Yoake-mae, the historical romance by Toson Shimazaki set here, begins with a line reading that all roads in Kisoji are in the mountains, and the buildings here are built with stone walls flanking the sharply inclined roads. You can still see roads that turn at 90-degree angles to protect against enemy attacks, and the remnants of special lodging for daimyo lords and other VIPs. An ancient milepost stands on the border with Ochiai-juku, the 44th station, recalling the imagery of the Edo period.
Travelers still frequent these roads, and in recent years tourists from overseas have joined them. All can enjoy the traditional soba noodles, steamed or baked oyaki buns, along with chestnut rice and kurikinton (a chestnut and sugar mixture) in the fall, and the rustic architecture nestled amid the colors of the season.

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Hike Magome Pass for a taste of Edo-period travel.

The Magome Pass lies between the Magome-juku and Tsumago-juku, the 42nd station, is the perfect way to experience Edo-period travel. Buses also travel over the 8-km route, but many hikers prefer to enjoy the walk. It takes a leisurely 3 hours, and as the paving stones of the station end and the woods begin, you are on an adventure. From Tsumago-juku the road winds down a gentle slope, but it’s a stiff walk up in the other direction, and you’ll need to choose the route that suits your condition. Along the way be sure to see the Otaki and Metaki (male and female) Falls, with about a 10-meter drop. The rays of sunlight slipping through the trees will leave you refreshed after the trip.

Magome-juku

Address

Magome, Nakatsugawa, Gifu Prefecture

Hours

Magome Tourism Association 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (during winter 9:00 am to 5:00 pm)

Closed

New Year period

Cost

Free of charge

Phone

Magome Tourism Association 0573-69-2336

Access

By Kitaena Kotsu Bus Magome Line from JR Chuo Main Line Nakatsugawa Sta. to Magome, about 25 min

Web site

http://www.kiso-magome.com/index.html
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