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Visit Tsumago, Japan

Tsumago lies midway along the ancient Nakasendo Highway, the main route linking Kyoto and Edo (modern day Tokyo) in days of the Shogun. It is one of the finest traditional post towns in Japan.

Tsumago, Japan

Hidden in the beautiful Kiso Valley lies one of the finest traditional post towns in Japan.

Tsumago lies midway along the ancient Nakasendo Highway, the main route linking Kyoto and Edo (modern day Tokyo) in days of the Shogun. At one time this was the busiest thoroughfare in Japan, with a contemporary foreign visitor comparing the traveling retinue with ants, such was their number.

 As the route passed into disuse the post towns that lined the road became backwaters, cut off from the progress that was changing the rest of Japan and leaving a tangible reminder of a different day.

Recently the town of Tsumago chose to preserve its unique character by banning any external appearances of the modern world; no TV antenna or telephone pylons are allowed in the village centre to ruin the illusion.

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Start planning your tailor-made trip by calling one of our Japan specialists at 1-855-834-8210

Suggested Tsumago itinerary

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