During the Edo period there were five roadways that connected Edo (modern day Tokyo) and outlying regions. The Nakasendo linked Edo and Kyoto, and ran through central Japan. It had 69 posting stations of which Tsumago-juku was the 42nd.

Tsumago-juku’s main street, is closed to traffic, and contains a variety of wooden and plaster Edo-style inns, houses, temples and shrines, and now trendy cafes and boutiques with the surrounding, forested mountains as a spectacular back-drop.

A quiet portion of the original highway has been preserved between Tsumago and Magome. This scenic trail is especially popular among overseas visitors who seek an authentic experience of traditional life. Bus service is also provided between the two ends of the road. A detailed guide can be found here.

One of the streets