Welcome to Kiso Valley Nakasendō
The Nakasendō (中仙道) was one of the five highways of the Edo period, and one of the two connecting Edo (now Tokyo) with Kyoto. This was the inland route, preferred by many to the Tōkaidō, which went around the coast and required many river crossings. Much of the route is now followed by national roads; however, in the thickly forested Kiso Valley there exist several sections of twisty, craggy post road that have been carefully restored. Most impressive is the 7.8km stretch of trail between Magome and Tsumago, two of the most attractive Nakasendō towns. Walking this route is one of Japan's most rewarding visitor experiences.
There were 11 post towns, each with the suffix -juku to its name, in the valley. Fukushima-juku (Kiso-Fukushima Station) and Narai-juku (Narai Station) boast areas evoking memories of the past and are easily reached by train.