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Forests, Lakes and Ancient Trails: Day trips in the Kiso-Valley

Deep in the mountains of Nagano prefecture, sidling the Japanese Central Alps, lies the pristine Kiso Valley. The clear and cool Kiso River snakes its way through the landscape, flanked by wooded peaks that house rushing waterfalls and ancient trees. Each season...

The Nakasendo Trail: 1 day hike from Magome to Tsumago

Picture this: you're a feudal lord (daimyo) with land, money and power within your community. You live hundreds of kilometres from the Nation’s capital and presumably fly under the radar. In your opinion, they’ve been in charge long enough and you could...

Japanese Country Town Profile: One Day In Kiso Fukushima

Kiso by Bruno Carrillo
If you’re planning a trip to the Kiso Valley, perhaps to walk the Nakasendo Trail, you will likely arrive in Kiso-Fukushima, the main access point to the region. This town, imbued with Nakasendo history, is not only a great base for exploring...

The Edo-era remains of Tsumago juku

Nagano is famous for its world-class ski fields but this prefecture's history runs deeper than a few feet of snow. Take a sharp U-turn from the chairlift to find storybook villages like Tsumago in Nakasendo which can transport visitors centuries back in...