What is the Nakasendo? Nakasendo (中山道) was the inland road that connected Kyoto to Edo (aka present day Tokyo) during the Edo period. Current day Nakasendo Highway is an actual highway for cars/vehicles that run along side the Edo Nakasendo. Torii Pass (鳥居峠) is said to be the hardest part of the hike as it takes you up to roughly 1,800m elevation in the mountains.
Verdict, Magome Toge: The Magome Pass, which runs from Magome to Tsumago, is the most “famous” part of the Nakasendo. The hike itself was much easier compared to Torii Pass, it still took roughly 3hrs to hike to Tsumago. Of the two Nakasendo hikes I did, Torii Pass and Magome Pass, I really loved Torii Pass alot more. However, the really beautiful thing about Magome Pass, is that you have EXCELLENT and super beautiful views of the mountain ranges. Torii Pass was more nature/forest scenery.
So, I started the morning with a hello from Po-chan, the innlady’s doggy XDThen off I went! I started around 8:30am. The weather cleared up just for me!! hahaha Thank you God! =D As such, beautiful beautiful scenery *lovelovelove* Because of the multiple bear sightings, there are lots of these bear bells around the trail
The current Nakasendo Highway runs alongside the Edo Nakasendo. Now, as you got along most parts of the Nakasendo hike, you will end up crossing paths with the current highway. Saw some curly wurly trees Halfway along the hike, you’ll come across a cha-ya. It is a free rest area especially for hikers! There is a looker-afterer and he’ll offer you as much tsumetai ocha (cold tea) as much as you want! In the hut, you can also fill out a tourist survey for Tsumago town. Not sure why these trees were duct taped..
I think those were the trees…….
This was the favourite part of the hike for some reason ( ^___^ ) I’m in Gifu AND Nagano! XD Someone left their towel and jumped off?One of them is not like the other………Detoured to the Otaki Metaki Falls
At this town, I thought of the song Belle was singing in Beauty and the Beast “little tooown with its little peoppplleeee” well at least I think that’s the lyrics =P I thought they were growing beers, but it’s just rice =P Didn’t know how to show how big the rock was, so I used my head XD Lots of people put umbrellas on their family gravestones, but this guy’s got priorities! I arrived! and I was hungry! Grabbed these super fluffy breads for lunch cause I didn’t feel like soba.. and I didn’t realized I sat in front of this guy for lunch! *shudder!*
I visited the Honjin, the house for the feuda lord, and also his office. Some things that are useful during the Edo period….Tall and fat people can’t survive in the Edo period =P
After this I went over to the Waka-Honjin, which was the accommodation for the lesser lords. I thought it looked alot nicer! For one, they had a specially made bathroom where the steam droplets will never drip onto you, for guests of honors. They also had a secret room!!! A very beautiful garden and excellent views BUT MOST OF ALL! THEY HAD A TOILET JUST FOR EMPEROR MEIJI! But I couldn’t find it =( Some dioramas of Tsumago-juku (妻籠宿) and the precious wood the lords horded from the people =PNakasendo, Torii Pass and Magome Pass
This is the specialty, Kuri=kinton! and a warm matcha. very delicious =) Waiting for the bus back to Magome, funny pumpkin! there’s kisoji beer?! I DIDn’T SEE IT! =(