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Tsumago Post Town

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Tsumago Post Town

Tsumago Post Town

Tsumago Post Town is located in the Kiso Valley of Nagano on the Nakasendo route, which connected Kyoto to Edo (present day Tokyo). It is one of the best preserved post towns in Japan and has kept the Edo Period (1603-1868) feel. Cars are prohibited from going onto the main road. All powerlines and telephone cables have been kept from public view in order to keep that Edo ambiance. As you enter the post town you will be pleasantly surprised on how much the area has been preserved. It will feel like you had traveled back in time when the Nakasendo route was commonly used.

The Tsumago Post Town even maintained the Honjin and Wakihonjin. Honjin was the main inn that served as a stop for government officials to rest while traveling to and from the capital Edo. The original Honjin was destroyed, but it was rebuilt in 1995. However, the Wakihonjin, which was the secondary inn, is the original building and is listed as an Important Cultural Property. These buildings were later used by commoners. Both of the buildings are open for the public to enter. You can also find shops and ryokans (Japanese traditional inns) to stop and relax.