“Yoake-mae” (Before the Dawn) by Toson SHIMAZAKI (a great novelist of Japan) begins with the word “Kisoji Road is all in the mountains”. That Toson SHIMAZAKI was born and raised is Magome-Juku which is post-station towns of Nakasen-do Road in Shinshu Kiso Valley. Nakasen-do Road starts from Nihonbashi in Edo (Tokyo), passes through Joshu (now Gunma), Shinshu (now Nagano Prefecture), Mino (now Gifu Prefecture), and it leads to the Sanjo Bridge in Kyoto , 69 post-station towns were set up. Among them, Magome-Juku is one of the post-station town which retains the atmosphere and the buildings of those years up to the present age.
Toson SHIMAZAKI’s hometown, Magome-Juku is the 43rd post-station town. It was set up in the mountains close to the border of Shinshu and Mino. Tsumago-Juku is the post-station town next to Magome-Juku. In the past, both were crowded with passers-by around Nakasendo. The times have changed, few people pass through the Nakasendo road which contains more ups and downs, and Magome-Juku and Tsumago-Juku will have a quiet time. Fortunately for this, the scenery of the time as the post-station town was preserved.
The Magome-Juku (post‐town) leaving a feature of the Edo era is extreme popularity as a sightseeing spot. The Magome-Juku in Nakatsugawa-shi, Gifu is a tourist attraction on behalf of the Nakasendo(Edo-period Edo-Kyoto highway) with “The Tsumago-Juku” located in neighboring Nagano.
The Nakasendo is one of the Five Routes having been designed in the Edo era to link Kyoto and Edo. The post town for people via this way was built at that time, and the Magome-Juku seemed to be born as the 43rd of them.
Because the Nakasendo through Kiso, it is called “Kisoji” and many tasteful post offices have been left in there.
Many well-known literary person take a trip to this Kisoji and leave a novel and a phrase. You can visit the place concerning that masterpiece in Magome. This place which is the stage of the novel “Yoake mae” (Before the Dawn) is home of great writer “Toson Shimazaki”, and is the steep town of hill having a total length of more than 600m.
Stone pavement remains on the center of the street, and there is a row of houses reminiscent of the Edo era closely both sides of it. It was given one star by Michelin Green Guidebook.
|Adresse:||Magome Nakatsugawa-city, Gifu 508-0502 Japan|
|Access:||JR Chuo-Honsen line "Nakatsugawa-eki Station” (25 minutes by bus)|
|Tel:||(+81) 573-69-2336 (Magome Tourism Association)|