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Historic Towns and Districts in Japan

Post Towns in Japan can be found on the former major highways like Tokaido and Nakasendo. These towns catered to travelers going in and out of Edo (modern day Tokyo). There is a small number of towns that have preserved their Edo Period appearance, but still has modern accommodations.

photo of Post Towns in Japan
photo of Ouchijuku Post Town

Tohoku | Fukushima | Ouchijuku

Ouchijuku Post Town

Ouchijuku was a post town in the Edo Period when high ranking officials had to travel to the capital every other year.

photo of Tsumago Post Town

Chubu | Nagano | Kiso

Tsumago Post Town

Tsumago is one of the best preserved post towns on the old highway known as Nakasendo.

photo of Magome Post Town

Chubu | Nagano | Kiso

Magome Post Town

Magome post town is a post town in Kiso Valley that has been restored with a beautiful stone walkway.

photo of Narai Post Town

Chubu | Nagano | KIso

Narai Post Town

Narai was the half way point on the Nakasendo, an old highway connecting Edo to Kyoto.