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Kisoji

There are 11 posting stations on Nakasendo, and the highway still keeps the taste of a post town.

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Nakasendo was counted for one of the five highways and was thronged with people who traveled back and forth between Kyoto and Edo during the Edo period. There were 69 posting stations along the entire 540 km of highway, and 11 of them were along Kisoji.
Kisoji, which runs through the steep mountains along the Kiso River on the Nakasendo, still has a strong remnant of a post-town taste, and you are able to think of it in the Edo period. The beautiful forest of Kiso cypress and the scenic beauty of the waterside are also attractive, and the entire area was qualified as a "Japan Heritage" in 2016.

Some post stations retain the old townscape as it is, and some have remnants of things in the Edo period in a part of the town, therefore, let's visit each and experience the history and traditional culture. Depending on the posting station, there are cafes utilizing the remains of a residence, a museum, and an old traditional Japanese house, and it will be fun to stroll around. We also recommend you purchasing traditional crafts such as Kiso lacquerware and tasting local flavors such as Goheimochi.

Highlights

  • It is a place where 11 of the 69 posting stations on Nakasendo are located.
  • Even now, the remnant of the post town taste remains strong, and it was qualified as a “Japan Heritage” in 2016.
  • It is recommended strolling around the posting stations where a cafe utilizing a remain of a residence, a museum, and an old Japanese traditional house.

Photos

  • "Tsumagojuku" (Nagiso Town) where the townscape from the Edo period is well-preserved.

    "Tsumagojuku" (Nagiso Town) where the townscape from the Edo period is well-preserved.

  • At "Tsumagojuku", you see how dried persimmons are made under the eaves (Nagiso Town)

    At "Tsumagojuku", you see how dried persimmons are made under the eaves (Nagiso Town)

  • "Narai-juku" is Japan's longest post town in its scale (Shiojiri City)

    "Narai-juku" is Japan's longest post town in its scale (Shiojiri City)

  • "Magome-juku" known as the hometown of Toson Shimazaki (Nakatsugawa City)

    "Magome-juku" known as the hometown of Toson Shimazaki (Nakatsugawa City)

  • The "Fukushima-juku" developed as the center of Kiso. In the Edo period, there was an important barrier (Sekisho) along with Hakone (Kiso Town).

    The "Fukushima-juku" developed as the center of Kiso. In the Edo period, there was an important barrier (Sekisho) along with Hakone (Kiso Town).

  • There are also facilities such as the "Kiso Shikkikan" which displays info on the famous Kiso Lacquerware (Shiojiri City).

    There are also facilities such as the "Kiso Shikkikan" which displays info on the famous Kiso Lacquerware (Shiojiri City).

Reviews

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  • 薰薰

    江戶時代日式傳統建築聚落保存得很完整,
    感覺自己變成時空旅人。

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Details

Name in Japanese
木曽路
Postal Code
397-0000 (Kisomachi, Nagano)
Address
Shiojiri City, Nagano Prefecture - Nakatsugawa City, Gifu Prefecture
Telephone
0264-23-1122 (Kiso Tourism Association)
Holidays
Varies per facility.
Hours
Varies per facility.
Admission
Free
Directions
To Kiso-Fukushima
1) 1 hour and 23 minutes by limited express Shinano on the JR Chuo West Line, from JR Tokaido Shinkansen, Nagoya Station.
2) About 1 hour by car from Shiojiri I.C. on Nagano Expressway.
3) About 40 minutes by car from Ina I.C. on Chuo Expressway.
4) About 1 hour and 15 minutes by car from Nakatsugawa I.C.on Chuo Expressway
Credit Cards
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Official Website
Official Website (English)