Top things to do in Kiso Valley Nakasendō

Top Choice Noodles in Kiso

Kurumaya Honten

One of Japan's most renowned soba shops, where the classic presentation is cold mori (plain) or zaru (with strips of nori) with a sweetish dipping sauce. It's near the first bridge at the bottom of the hill; look fo…
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…
Italian in Kiso

Bistro Matsushima-tei

In the historic Ue-no-dan district, Bistro Matsushima-tei serves a changing selection of handmade pizzas and pastas in an atmospheric setting befitting the magnificent building's history.
Noodles in Tsumago


If you're hungry after a long walk, you can't go past a chilled bowl of handmade Kiso zaru-soba (cold buckwheat noodles with dipping sauce).
Shokudo in Narai


This delightful little eatery on a corner serves simple favourites such as special-sauce tonkatsu-don (deep-fried pork cutlet on rice).
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…