Tsumago-juku, Nagano

“Nakasen-do Road” is an old road connecting Edo’s Nihonbashi and the Sanjo Ohashi in Kyoto. Especially, the “Tsumago-juku” of Nagiso-cho, Nagano and the “Magome-juku” of Nakatsugawa-shi, Gifu are popular tourist resorts with many tourists from overseas as the post town leaving the atmosphere from the Edo period.

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Nakasen-do Road is one of the highways established as five land transportation routes (Tokai-do Road, Nikko Kaido Road, Oshu Kaido Road, Nakasen-do, Koshu Kaido Road) starting from the Nihonbashi in Edo (present Tokyo) in the Edo period. It is the road of approxmately 540 km which connects Tokaido at the Omikusatsu-juku (present Kusatsu city of Shiga prefecture) from Nihonbashi to other countries and Kyoto. There are sixty nine post towns on the way while traveling.

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Tsumago-juku is currently located in Nagisomachi, Kiso-gun, Nagano Prefecture, and still leaves the rows of houses of the Edo period. It is the place about 10 minutes by bus from Nangiso Station of JR Chuo Line.

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Tsumago-juku is the forty-second post town in Nakasen-do Road. Even now it retains the landscape at that time and was designated as the first Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings in Japan. Taking a leisurely stroll through the town of Tsumago-juku, you can feel the atmosphere being wrapped with a spectacle time-slipped to the Edo period.

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The “Wakihonjin Okuya”, which designated as a National Important Cultural Property, is the house that served as a wholesaler and a Wakihonjin (a subsidiary inn used by a daimyo’s attendants during the period of Japan’s military ascendancy) from age to age. The current building was built in the Meiji era, using plenty of banned cypress until then. You can see the majestic building. Today, in addition to Wakihonjin Okuya, it is open as the museum composed of three buildings, Honjin which has been restored based on the drawing during the latter period of the Edo period, and the library.

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Information

Name:Tsumago-juku
Address:Azuma 2159-2 Kisogun Nagisomachi, Nagano 399-5302 Japan
Access:JR Chuo-honsen Line “Minami Kiso-eki Station” (10 minutes by car)
Tel:(+81) 264-57-3123 (Tsumago-juku Tourism Association)
Price:Free
Official site:http://www.tumago.jp/


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