Deep in the mountains of Nagano prefecture lies the pristine Kiso Valley. This forested landscape is home to rushing waterfalls, ancient trees, snaking rivers and the towering Mount Ontake. Though remote, the area has a fascinating history belied by its sleepy country facade. People come from far and wide to walk the famous Nakasendo Trail, a well preserved ancient route connecting Tokyo and Kyoto. The once prosperous towns along this path have been restored so visitors can experience the unique Edo aesthetic. Easily reachable from Tokyo, Kyoto and Nagoya, the Kiso Valley makes for a perfect short getaway. With so much to see and do in the area, where do you begin? You can start by checking out the helpful articles below.