For anyone interested in Japanese history, a visit to the Kiso Valley, and especially the post towns of Magome-juku and Tsumago-juku, is highly recommended. For those with time, the 8 kilometer hike between the two towns is a must. Start at Magome (elevation 600m) and make your way past farmland, forests and even waterfalls on your journey to Tsumago (420m). To commemorate the journey, pick up a 'Starting Point Ticket' at the Tourist Information Center (TIC) and show it at the other end's TIC for a cypress 'Certificate of Completion'—a nice memento of the visit.
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Magome to Tsumago
Walk the Kiso Valley's ancient Nakasendo