Walking along Kisoji

Nakasendo Kisoji Walking Route Guide: Magome to Tsumago

The hiking trail from Magome to Tsumago

This article shows you the way from the southern tip of Magome-juku to the northern tip of Tsumago-juku via Magome-toge with the pictures. The way is a representative hiking trail of Japan that is also quite popular among foreign tourists. The distance is about 8.4 km. It takes about two hours on foot without stopping on the way.

Note

  • "Intersection", "Crossroad", "T in the road", and "Fork in the road" are all called "Juncture" in this article.
  • The time it takes to get to each point is just a reference.
  • Go straight at all the junctures that aren't described below.
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The southern tip of Magome-juku

It's close to Magome Bus Stop.
Go up the hill in the middle of the following picture.

The southern tip of Magome-juku

The southern tip of Magome-juku

Magome-juku Masugata

1-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.
Bear left.

Magome-juku Masugata

Magome-juku Masugata

Shimizuya Museum

3-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.

Shimizuya Museum

Shimizuya Museum

Eisyou-ji Temple Juncture

4-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.
Go straight. (FYI: Turn left and walk 160 meters. Then, you'll find Eisyou-ji Temple.)

Eisyou-ji Temple Juncture

Eisyou-ji Temple Juncture

Toson Shimazaki Memorial Museum

5-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.
It was built on the site of Magome-juku Honjin. It's the mecca for lovers of Toson's literature.

Toson Shimazaki Memorial Museum

Toson Shimazaki Memorial Museum

Waki-Honjin Museum

6-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.

Waki-Honjin Museum

Waki-Honjin Museum

Magome-juku Cherry Blossom Tree

7-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.

Magome-juku Cherry Blossom Tree

Cherry blossom tree of Magome-juku

The northern tip of Magome-juku

9-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.
Go straight.

The northern tip of Magome-juku

The northern tip of Magome-juku

The vicinity of the square 1

11-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.
Go along the stone pavement in the middle of the following picture.
(FYI: There is a square on the right of the following picture. From the square, you can see Mt.Ena if it's not hidding in the clouds.)

The vicinity of the square 1

The vicinity of the square 1


Mt.Ena

Mt.Ena

The vicinity of the square 2

12-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.
Turn right and go down the stairs.

The vicinity of the square 2

The vicinity of the square 2

The vicinity of the square 3

13-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.
Go straight.

The vicinity of the square 3

The vicinity of the square 3

The stone stairs

14-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.
Go up the stairs. When you finish going up the stairs, you'll find a downhill. Go down the hill.

The stone stairs

The stone stairs

Magome Juncture 1

17-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.
Turn into the prefectural road and go straight. (Cross the road and walk on the right sidewalk.)

Magome Juncture 1

Magome Juncture 1

Magome Juncture 2

19-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.
Turn off the prefectural road onto the right way.

Magome Juncture 2

Magome Juncture 2

Magome Juncture 3

20-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.
Go along the left way. (There is a bridge that has white guardrails in the following picture. Don't cross the bridge.)

Magome Juncture 3

Magome Juncture 3

Nashinokizaka Juncture 1

24-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.
Go straight and go up the stone-paved hill (Nashinokizaka).
There are a watermill and a watermill monument in the following picture. The watermill is in the middle and the watermill monument is on the left.

Nashinokizaka Juncture 1

Nashinokizaka Juncture 1

Nashinokizaka Juncture 2

27-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.
Turn into the prefectural road and go straight.

Nashinokizaka Juncture 2

Nashinokizaka Juncture 2

Shimizu Juncture 1

29-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.
Turn off the prefectural road onto the right way. (The way is in the middle of the following picture.)

Shimizu Juncture 1

Shimizu Juncture 1

Shimizu Juncture 2

30-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.
Go straight.

Shimizu Juncture 2

Shimizu Juncture 2

The vicinity of Juppensya Ikku's Tanka monument

33-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.

The vicinity of Juppensya Ikku's Tanka monument

The vicinity of Juppensya Ikku's Tanka monument

The vicinity of the monument of the head carrier of the pass

35-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.
Go straight. (Don't turn right.)
"Village On The Pass" is around here.

The vicinity of the monument of the head carrier of the pass

The vicinity of the monument of the head carrier of the pass


The monument of the head carrier of the pass

The monument of the head carrier of the pass

The Imais House

37-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.

The Imais House

The Imais House

The vicinity of Kumano Shrine

39-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.

The vicinity of Kumano Shrine

The vicinity of Kumano Shrine

"Village On The Pass" Juncture

41-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.
Turn into the prefectural road and go straight.

Village On The Pass Juncture

Village On The Pass Juncture

The vicinity of the top of Magome Pass

43-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.
The tea house on the right of the following picture is called "Tougenochaya". There is a downhill next to the signboard in the middle of the following picture.
Turn off the prefectural road onto the hill and go down the hill.

The vicinity of the top of Magome Pass

The vicinity of the top of Magome Pass

Ichikokutochi Tatebachaya

55-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.

Ichikokutochi Tatebachaya

Ichikokutochi Tatebachaya

The vicinity of Ichikokutochi Shiraki Aratame Bansyo

It's close to Ichikokutochi Tatebachaya.
Go straight and pass through the gate and go along the way.
(FYI: Turn left and walk 60 meters. Then, you'll find Koyasu Kannon and the weeping cherry tree.)

The vicinity of Ichikokutochi Shiraki Aratame Bansyo

The vicinity of Ichikokutochi Shiraki Aratame Bansyo


Koyasu Kannon and the weeping cherry tree

Koyasu Kannon and the weeping cherry tree

Kamoigi

60-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.

Kamoigi

Kamoigi

"Entrance To The Pass" Juncture

62-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.
There is a downhill at the gap between the guardrails in the following picture.
Go straight and go down the hill. (Don't go along the prefectural road.)

Entrance To The Pass Juncture

Entrance To The Pass Juncture

The bridge around Odarudaki

66-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.
Cross the bridge. After crossing the bridge, you will come to the prefectural road. Then turn left.

The bridge around Odarudaki

The bridge around Odarudaki

Odarudaki Juncture 1

68-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.
Turn off the prefectural road onto the right way.

Odarudaki Juncture 1

Odarudaki Juncture 1

Odarudaki Juncture 2

75-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.
Turn into the pavement and go straight. (FYI: Turn into the pavement and go along the pavement in the opposite direction. Then, you'll find a bridge. Cross the bridge and turn left immediatery. After that, you'll find Odaki Waterfalls. It takes about 3 minites from here. Medaki Waterfalls is near Odaki Waterfalls.)

Odarudaki Juncture 2

Odarudaki Juncture 2


Odaki Waterfalls

Odaki Waterfalls

Kurashina Shrine

78-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.

Kurashina Shrine

Kurashina Shrine

The bridge around Kudaritani

81-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.
Cross the bridge and go along the way.

The bridge around Kudaritani

The bridge around Kudaritani

The terraced rice paddies around Kudaritani

83-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.
Go straight. (Don't go up the right hill.)

The terraced rice paddies around Kudaritani

The terraced rice paddies around Kudaritani

The Gyuto Kannon (stone buddha) around Kudaritani

85-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.
There is a Gyuto Kannon close to the signboard on the right of the following picture.

The Gyuto Kannon (stone buddha) around Kudaritani

The Gyuto Kannon (stone buddha) around Kudaritani

Kudaritani Juncture

85-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.
Turn into the prefectural road and turn right. (Go across the crosswalk and walk on the left sidewalk.)

Kudaritani Juncture

Kudaritani Juncture

Koshin Mound Juncture

85-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.
Turn off the prefectural road onto the left way.
There is a Koshin mound in the middle of the following picture.

Koshin Mound Juncture

Koshin Mound Juncture

Otsumago Juncture 1

91-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.
Go straight.

Otsumago Juncture 1

Otsumago Juncture 1

Hatago in Otsumago

92-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.
Hatago means Japanese inn in the Edo period.

Hatago in Otsumago

Hatago in Otsumago

Otsumago Juncture 2

93-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.
Cross the bridge and turn left immediatery.

Otsumago Juncture 2

Otsumago Juncture 2

Shinmei Bridge Juncture

95-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.
Cross the bridge and go up the left hill and go along the way.

Shinmei Bridge Juncture

Shinmei Bridge Juncture

Otsuma Bridge Juncture 1

100-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.
Turn into the paved road and turn left.

Otsuma Bridge Juncture 1

Otsuma Bridge Juncture 1

Otsuma Bridge

It's close to Otsuma Bridge Juncture 1.
Cross the bridge.

Otsuma Bridge

Otsuma Bridge

The vicinity of the stone signpost

It's close to Otsuma Bridge.
Go straight. (FYI: There is an alley at the gap between the bridge-rail and the guardrail. Turn into the alley and walk a little. Then, you'll find a stone signpost.)

The vicinity of the stone signpost

The vicinity of the stone signpost


The stone signpost

The stone signpost

Otsuma Bridge Juncture 2

101-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.
Turn off the paved road onto the left way and go along the way.

Otsuma Bridge Juncture 2

Otsuma Bridge Juncture 2

Tajima Bridge Juncture

105-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.
Tajima Bridge is on the left of the following picture. (It's hidding in the trees.)
Go straight.

Tajima Bridge Juncture

Tajima Bridge Juncture

Tsumago Power Station

108-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.

Tsumago Power Station

Tsumago Power Station

The southern tip of Tsumago-juku

110-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.
Go straight.

The southern tip of Tsumago-juku

The southern tip of Tsumago-juku

The vicinity of Kamisagaya

111-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.
The house on the right of the following picture is called "Kamisagaya".

The vicinity of Kamisagaya

The vicinity of Kamisagaya

The vicinity of Tsumago-juku Masugata

112-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.
Bear left. (Turn into the way at the bottom left of the following picture.)

The vicinity of Tsumago-juku Masugata

The vicinity of Tsumago-juku Masugata

Tsumago Tourist Information Center

113-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.
Turn left.

Tsumago Tourist Information Center

Tsumago Tourist Information Center

The vicinity of Tsumago-juku Honjin

114-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.

The vicinity of Tsumago-juku Honjin

The vicinity of Tsumago-juku Honjin

The vicinity of Tsumago-juku Waki-Honjin

115-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.

The vicinity of Tsumago-juku Waki-Honjin

The vicinity of Tsumago-juku Waki-Honjin

The northern tip of Tsumago-juku

117-minute walk from the southern tip of Magome-juku.

The northern tip of Tsumago-juku

The northern tip of Tsumago-juku

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