The Magome-Tsumago trail in the Kiso Valley is an original postal route in the Nagano Provence, the towns have been maintained in a mostly original state. Walking through the path passes through some beautiful forest, some original cobblestones and a bit of bitumen to remind you of modern times.

The day I walked from Magome to Tsumago was a rainy, cold day – it is easy to imagine what it was like to travel the hundreds of kilometres on foot as people once did.

Magome initially feels a little like a tourist town but fairly quickly I found I was absorbed back into early Japan.

Some warming Soba while it rained and then I was off for the walk.

You really want to step inside


This old waterwheel was beautiful


The original cobblestones are still there for part of the way.

No cars are allowed and buildings are still the same as Edo period… Beautiful.

  Between the towns is stunning, lush, country but this part of Japan has some things to watch out for!

I hope they’re asleep!

 For braving the bears you do get some great views.

At this time of the year the colours are everywhere!

 Japan in June is a little wet but there are lots of wildflowers are starting to come out, I think July would be the perfect time for this walk.

Walking in the Kiso Valley.
Not sure if this is a trail marker or an o-Jizo statue
Easy walking


In between the towns is good too, the forrest is really lush


I wish I could read….

 Once you reach Tsumago a few hours later it is even more well maintained, a very pretty little town.

There is a huge amount of interesting houses to keep photographers entertained.
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 Unfortunately the bad weather made taking photos very difficult, my apologies for the glare

This would have been an Inn


The end of the track


The walk is a very straightforward 10 or 15 km and is easy to reach from Nagano or Matsumoto – you can even have your luggage forwarded from the tourist information centres if you still have big bags.

It is absolutely worth a visit if you are in this part of the country.

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