What to do and see in Nakatsugawa, Japan: The Best Places and Tips

September 22, 2017 Osvaldo Hartline

Discover the best top things to do in Nakatsugawa, Japan including Nakasendo Walking Trail, Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku, Magome-juku, Ena Valley, Tsumagojuku, Naegi Castle Remains, Tsukechi Gorge, Makago Jinjojo Observatory, Hiroshige Museum of Art,Ena, Michi-no-Eki - Shizumo.
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1. Nakasendo Walking Trail

Nakatsugawa 508-0502, Gifu Prefecture +81 92-323-3930
Excellent
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4.5 based on 172 reviews

Nakasendo Walking Trail

This historic footpath through the Kiso Valley connects the villages of Tsumago and Magome. The partially paved trail is approximately 8 kilometers in length and passes by several historic and natural wonders.

Reviewed By GinaBRU - Montgomery, Texas

Walking trails that transcends back in time. Tsumago was a great place to stop, handmade goods, where one resident served us a pot of hot tea while we waited for the bus. A must see. And we were able to enjoy the fall colors. Options available to have your luggage transported from Magome to Tsumago, while you enjoy the trails.

2. Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku

Nagiso-machi, Kiso-gun, Nagano Prefecture
Excellent
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4.5 based on 338 reviews

Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku

This historic footpath through the Kiso Valley connects the villages of Tsumago and Magome. The partially paved trail is approximately 8 kilometers in length and passes by several historic and natural wonders.

Reviewed By Wonder80 - Los Angeles, California

Follow the guidance in Japan-guide.com to get to Magome, a lovely old postal town in the central Mountains of Japan. Then continue uphill to the Nakasendo Trail, part of the old traveler's route between Edo and Kyoto. The trail is uphill until about 1/3 of the way, then mostly downhill to Tsumago. The path along the old paving stones is difficult on the feet and ankles so good shoes must be worn but not all the trail is like that, the parts along the road (protected pathway) and sandy trails are much easier. Nearer Tsumago, the hike is along a clear forest stream and one can imagine stopping for a dip in the summertime. It took us from about 11:30 or so till 4:00 including admiring the pretty post towns of Magome and Tsumago so the Japan Guide's 2-3 hours would be for the young and fit. Once we got to Tsumago, we were already late for our train so we took a taxi to the Nagiso Station. Interestingly, we just asked around and a lady gardening just asked her husband who was sitting in the bus to change to the taxi and drive us down to the station. Took only about 10 minutes, compared to the 30 minute bus ride from Nalatsugawa to Magome. Suggest taking the 9 or 10 a.m. train from Nagoya and connect to the bus to Magome at Nakatsugawa. Then if you walk leisurely like us, take the 4:56 from Nagiso back to Nagoya to be less rushed. There is also a 3:56 if you plan to walk faster or start with the 9 a.m. train.

3. Magome-juku

Magome, Nakatsugawa 508-0502, Gifu Prefecture +81 573-69-2336
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4 based on 313 reviews

Magome-juku

Reviewed By JeffJaneMia - Melbourne, Australia

Magome was one of my 'destination' towns on my walk of a section of the Nakasendo Way.
The first thing that struck me on walking into the town, was that it was built on the side of a rather steep hill. I don't know why, but it clearly wasn't what I was expecting.
Clearly now catering to a significant tourist boom, Magome has a few really good souvenier shops at the entry into the town. However, taking the stroll up the hill reveals a good number of interesting shops, accommodation places, eateries and the occasional museum.
Going that 'extra step' will have you at a fantastic lookout area overlooking the town, and the hills and Valleys beyond - breathtaking!
I loved the way that Magome has been so well preserved, and so many original buildings had survived. I also liked the way the main street was closed to traffic from 10:00am till 4:00pm to allow visitors the opportunity to move around the Post Town without having to dodge cars and scooters.

4. Ena Valley

Oicho, Ena 509-7201, Gifu Prefecture
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4 based on 103 reviews

Ena Valley

Reviewed By DYA717 - Honolulu

About 30 minute drive from the Enkayo Grand Hotel is a lookout of a small part of the Enkayo Valley. It has a souvenir shop and public toilets. Great boulders, cliffs, and a lake can be seen. The Valley is popular for viewing cherry blossoms and fall colors.

5. Tsumagojuku

Azuma, Nagiso-machi, Kiso-gun, Nagano Prefecture +81 264-57-3123
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4.5 based on 289 reviews

Tsumagojuku

Reviewed By Phoebe C - Melbourne, Australia

Many day trippers pass through Tsumago, but if you stay in one of the lovely old minshuku, you get to experience the little hamlet to yourself. Everything closes about 5pm, the lamps come on...and it is just magic.

6. Naegi Castle Remains

Naegi, Nakatsugawa 508-0101, Gifu Prefecture
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4.5 based on 54 reviews

Naegi Castle Remains

Reviewed By Travellerfrequent7 - Hastings, United Kingdom

This is a very pleasant walk near Nakatsugawa. I took the bus out from the city and although it was still a reasonable walk (there were signs pointing the way when I left the bust but they disappeared not long after - just ask a friendly local which way to go). I would recommend taking the bus there as the hill to the top is steep from Nakatsugawa, quite steep in fact. It is easy to walk down the hill, through the trees and make your way back to Nakatsugawa on foot alongside the fields and the river. If you want to extend the walk you can turn right at the bottom of the hill and go down to Ena and back to Nakatsugawa from there making a round trip.

7. Tsukechi Gorge

Tsukechicho | nearby Be Green Camping site, Nakatsugawa 508-0351, Gifu Prefecture
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4.5 based on 36 reviews

Tsukechi Gorge

Reviewed By marmarii - London, United Kingdom

Amazing hike and we loved each of the sceneries. We met some lovely people on the way to the hike. You can stop and take amazing photos.

8. Makago Jinjojo Observatory

Makago, Nakatsugawa, Gifu Prefecture
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4 based on 50 reviews

Makago Jinjojo Observatory

Reviewed By mrdom

Just an open area at the top of the hill on the Magome main street (where it heads out of Magome towards Tsumago). Good views over some Valleys to Mt Ena. You'll see it whether you're walking the trail or just walking to the end of Magome.

9. Hiroshige Museum of Art,Ena

176-1 Oicho, Ena 509-7201, Gifu Prefecture +81 573-20-0522
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4 based on 18 reviews

Hiroshige Museum of Art,Ena

Reviewed By Bonasa - Lethbridge

Although much of the information is in Japanese, if you are unfamiliar with wood block prints or the importance of Hiroshige and are passing through Ena, this museum is worth a visit. On the main floor, the Exhibitions change from time to time. When we were there, the exhibit focused on antique Noh masks, which was quite interesting. Upstairs is a history of wood block prints, a video on how to do them and, the best part, a series of stations in which you can recreate your own Hiroshige wood block prints of the postal towns of the Nakasendo. A docent was present to sort of show us how to do it. It's a lot of fun and you can take home your artwork. The gift shop is sparse, but does have some souvenirs that are difficult to find elsewhere.

10. Michi-no-Eki - Shizumo

1-14 Yamaguchi, Nakatsugawa 508-0501, Gifu Prefecture +81 573-75-5255
Excellent
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4 based on 44 reviews

Michi-no-Eki - Shizumo

Reviewed By vft55ud55

国道19号線沿い、美濃路と木曽路の国境にある道の駅。
今日は紅葉シーズンも終わる頃、北上すると、寒さが身にしみる。
こんな時には肉まん、おやき、うどん、蕎麦等の温かい軽食がいいね。
カレーうどんをいただく。

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