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Mt. Katsuragi near Osaka, Japan

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During the Edo period the Nakasendo Highway was Japan’s most important route, linking Kyoto with Tokyo on a winding route through heavily wooded mountains.

As more direct routes evolved a part of this ancient way, the scenic Kiso Valley, fell into disuse.

In recent times, however, the beautiful traditional architecture of the ancient post-towns along the route have been restored and an excellent, gentle hiking route established linking the picturesque towns of Magome and Tsumago, making this one of the most ideal places for walking vacations in Japan.

The route is well signed and winds through delightful rural scenery, offering romantic views of the distant mountains.

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