The Nakasendo is an old highway between Tokyo and Kyoto along which there used to be many post towns, places where travelers could spend the night. Among these is Magome Juku, awarded a one-star rating by the Michelin Green Guide Japan.
Magome Juku stands out as a distinctive post town in Japan due to its location on steep and challenging terrain. It is said that the name Magome (written with "horse" and "basket") derives from the fact that travelers were forced to leave their horses at the inns because the road was too steep for horses to climb.
The cobblestone streets are lined with old, lattice-windowed residential houses, museums, tea houses, and souvenir shops on both sides, a scene that very much resembles how the post town looked in the Edo period hundreds of years ago.
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Magome, Nakatsugawa City, Gifu
20-minute taxi ride from JR Nakatsugawa Station