Magome

About Magome

Magome lies in the Kiso Valley in Gifu Prefecture, a post town and the 43rd of the 69 stations of the Nakasendō, a major route connecting Tokyo with Kyoto during the Edo period.

The town is well restored and maintained: the main street is a broad stone-paved walkway bordered with plants. Magome’s careful preservation and embellishment contrasts with the rugged authenticity of neighbouring Tsumago. The two towns are connected by the Magome-Tsumago Trail, a road which formed part of the Nakasendo.

  • Honjin/Toson Memorial Museum
  • The Toson Kinenkan dedicated to the novelist Toson Shimazaki
  • The main street’s wood and plaster Edo-style buildings
  • The well-maintained section of the former Nakasendo route that connected Tokyo with Kyoto during the Edo Period

The town’s most famous resident was the novelist Shimazaki Toson. Born in Magome in 1872, Toson is a highly-regarded figure in Japanese literature. His novel Yoakemae (Before the Dawn) describes life in the area during the early years of the Meiji Restoration. Its often-quoted first line reads: “The whole of the Kisoji lies in the mountains”.

Practical information:

  • From Tokyo to Nagoya Station by JR Tokaido Shinkansen trains, then from Nagoya to Nakatsugawa Station by JR Chuo “Shinano” trains (limited express) and finally by bus to Magome (3h30)
  • The walking route between Magome and Tsumago (the Magome-Tsumago Trail) is recommended

Magome on our Google map

Our packages includes Magome

Nakasendo Trail

The Nakasendo Trail

The Nakasendo way linked Kyoto to Tokyo during Japan’s feudal period. It was the ‘road through the mountains’ travelled by feudal lords and their retinues, samurai, merchants and travellers. From Tokyo, spend four days walking along the Nakasendo. By day travel along the ancient route as it passes through beautifully-preserved villages along an easy path, […]

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