Kiso Valley Nakasendō attractions

Museum in Tsumago

Waki-honjin (Okuya) & Local History Museum

This waki-honjin (rest stop) for the daimyōs' (domain lords') retainers was reconstructed in 1877 by a former castle builder under special dispensation from Emperor Meiji. It contains a lovely moss garden and a spec…
Museum in Kiso

Fukushima Checkpoint Site

This is a reconstruction of one of the most significant checkpoints on the Edo-period trunk roads. From its perch above the river valley, it's easy to see the barrier's strategic importance. Displays inside show the…
Historic Building in Tsumago


It was in this building that the daimyō (domain lords) themselves would spend the night, although the building's architecture is more noteworthy than its exhibits. A combined ticket (adult/child ¥700/350) includes a…
Historic Building in Narai

Nakamura House

This wonderfully preserved former merchant's house and garden looks as if it has stood still while time has marched on.
Museum in Magome

Tōson Kinenkan

Magome was the birthplace of author Shimazaki Tōson (1872–1943), whose work records the decline of two provincial Kiso families. This museum is devoted to his life and times; information plaques are in Japanese with…