Spots in Kiso Area

  • Tsumago-juku
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Kisogunnagisomachi Aduma 2159-2
    One of the Nakasendo (old route from Tokyo to Kyoto) post towns which still retains the appearance of a post town from the Edo period. Tsumago-juku is known as the first post town in Japan to preserve its old town atmosphere and it has been designated as an important architectural preservation site and a regional conservation area. The town is full of places to see such as Koi-iwa (Carp rock), one of the three famous rocks, the Waki-Honjin Okuya (a National Important Cultural Property), Nagiso Museum of History with displays on the history of Nagiso Town and the Kisoji Road, and the preservation of Tsumago-juku.
  • Roadside Station Kiso-Fukushima
    Transportation
    Nagano Pref. Kisogunkisomachi Fukushima 4061-1
    A roadside station standing on the Nakasendo Highway in Fukushima, Kiso Town, Kiso County. The station sells local specialty products such as produce, processed foods, liquors, and crafts. The station's restaurant serves soba noodles and set meals made with local ingredients like Shinshu salmon and Shinshu Ogon Shamo chicken.
  • Nezame no Toko
    Travel / Tourism
    Nami Prefecture Kiso County Kamimatsu Town sleeping sensation
    This government-designated scenic spot is located along the Nakasendo route between Agematsu and Suhara. It contains rare terrain formations such as cubic joints and potholes. The strong current of the Kiso River has carved several unique rock formations, and the sight of its enchanting emerald hue is one worth beholding. This place appears in the legend of Urashima Taro as well, and it is said the name is taken from the scene when Urashima Taro returned from the dragon palace and opened the treasure casket.
  • Tsumago-juku Tourist Information Office
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Kisogunnagisomachi Aduma 2159-2
    Built in 1897 at the former Azuma Village Police Station, this historical building was later used for many years as the village office. It was redeveloped as a tourist information center and free resting place in 1979, and provides information related to tourist attractions in the Tsumago-juku area on the Nakasendo Road, and nearby accommodations, eateries and sightseeing spots.
  • Honjin (Tsumago Juku)
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Kisogunnagisomachi Aduma
    Restored in 1995, Honjin served as lodging for feudal lords passing through. The Shimazaki family oversaw it starting with the establishment of the post town system and acted as village leaders as well until the Meiji Period (1868-1912) when it was demolished. The final owner was Shimazaki Toson’s older brother Hirosuke. Also, their mother was born there. The Honjin you see today was restored based on pictures from the Shimazaki family collection. When you visit, you’ll see models of even earlier versions of the building, and there’s a traditional irori hearth that they light every day. You can visit the Honjin, Wakihonjin Okuya, and Nagiso (town) Museum of History with a single ticket.
  • Atera Gorge
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Kisogunokuwamura Nojiri (Arenda National Forest)
    The Atera River is a distributary of the Kiso River. The area from the water source to where it meets the Kiso River is the “Atera Gorge.” Due to the beautiful color of the clear stream sparkling emerald green, it is also called “Atera Blue.” It is especially recommended in the autumn season for the colors of the leaves.
  • Postal Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Kisogunnagisomachi Aduma 2197-5
    This historical museum is located in Nagiso Town, Kiso County, Nagano Prefecture, and adjoins the Tsumago Post Office, which is still in use today. Tsumago Post Office was featured in Toson Shimazaki’s “Before the Dawn,” and was restored under the guidance of the current Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications in fiscal year 1978. It has Japan’s only black mail box modeled after that in use when the post office first opened. Inside you can find Japan’s first stamp, the actual marks used before the current postal mark, correspondence from Toson Shimazaki’s older brother and niece, and other items for a total of approximately 270 articles being stored and exhibited.
  • Roadside Station Hiyoshi Kisokoma Kogen
    Transportation
    Nagano Pref. Kisogunkisomachi Hiyoshi 4730-3
    This roadside station is on the Nakasendo Road in Hiyoshi, Kiso Town. They sell the traditional salt-free Kiso tsukemono pickle known as sunki, fermented with lactic-acid bacilli. They also offer locally grown produce, local sake, finished goods, and crafts. The eatery serves set meals, rice bowls with a Kiso flair, and homemade soba noodles crafted from local flour. There's an outdoor stand selling snacks like gohei mochi sticks, and an information area, too.
  • Tsumago-juku Kosatsuba
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Kisogunnagisomachi Aduma Wife Hostel
    This replica of a kosatsuba (old public notice board) is located in Nagiso-machi, Kiso County, Nagano Prefecture. The kosatsuba showed prohibitions and laws to the common people from the shogunate government and is similar to government bulletin boards today, and it is characterized by its appearance of looking down on people as if portraying the power of the shogun. The real one is on display at the Nagiso-machi Museum.
  • Mt. Ontake
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Kisogunoutakimura Kiso Town
    Mt. Ontake, which is located on the boundary of Nagano Prefecture and Gifu Prefecture, is the second highest volcano in Japan after Mt. Fuji, rising to a height of 3,067 meters. Since ancient times, Mt. Ontake was renowned as a sacred mountain, and attracted practitioners of Shugendo (a form of mountain asceticism that combines elements of Shintoism and Buddhism); it is still an object of veneration to this day. Visitors can travel up to the Seventh Station via the Ontake Ropeway; from there, it takes around one hour to walk to the Eighth Station, which is a marvelous place for viewing the autumn foliage (the autumn foliage is at its best from late September through to early October). In summer, from late June through into July, there are many beautiful alpine plants to be seen on the mountain slopes. The restrictions on entering areas near the summit of the volcano are gradually being relaxed, and safety measures have been strengthened, with the establishment of new shelters, etc.
  • Kaida Highlands
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Kisogunkisomachi Kaidakougensuekawa
    A highland sprawling at the foot of Mt. Mitake along the Nakasendo Highway in Kaidakogen Suekawa, Kiso Town, Kiso County. A naturally lush and beautiful area with a picturesque view of Mt. Mitake, even in summer the average temperature is around 18°C and the area is a great place to enjoy the outdoors while escaping the heat of lower lying areas. A variety of activity facilities are located in the area, including Kisouma no Sato, a horse ranch which raises native Kiso horses; museums; and local culture centers, in addition to restaurants, hot spring inns, and bed and breakfasts.
  • Kaida Kogen Ice Cream Factory
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Kisogunkisomachi Kaidakougensuekawa 4411-9
    This ice cream store is located in Kiso-machi, Kiso County, Nagano Prefecture. You can get a taste of ice cream made using both freshly squeezed milk of cows raised in Kaida Highland and plenty of seasonal ingredients. In particular, their specially made ice cream cake (reservation required) uses a lot of ice cream, and is one of their popular gift items. In addition to ice cream, they also sell yogurt, butter and cheese using cow's milk.
  • Otsumago
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Kisogunnagisomachi Aduma
    "A section of Kiso Town, Kiso County, Nagano Prefecture situated along the old Nakasendo Highway now designated as the Tsumago Post Town Preservation District. The road is lined with many old homes built in the ""dashibari-zukuri"" style with ""sode-udatsu"" short pillars supporting the roof. Japanese-style bed and breakfasts are also located nearby, and the area is enwrapped in a tranquil, rural atmosphere. As the Nakasendo continues towards Magome-juku and goes beyond Kudaritani, human dwellings peter out, and the highway turns into a mountain road."
  • Kisouma no Sato Kisouma Horse Riding Center
    Life / Living / Hospital
    Nagano Kiso-gun Kisomachi
    This horseback riding facility is located inside the “Kiso Horse Village” in Kaidakogen, Kiso Town. There are about 30 Kiso horses being kept and raised here; they’re a Japanese local breed known as warrior steeds. They are not as tall as thoroughbreds and have gentle personalities, making them especially suitable for those new to horseback riding. You can also ride horse-drawn carriages, experience horse therapy and stablekeeping, and more.
  • the Fukushima Sekisho-ato
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Kisogunkisomachi Fukushima Seki, Mie 4748-1
    Fukushima Sekisho was a checking station on the Nakasendo which was one of the four largest checking stations in Japan along with the Hakone checking station on Tokaido. During the Edo period, the policy of “Weapons in, Women out” was severely controlled. The checking station, of which gate and fortress have been restored to their original state, turned into a historical park, and a checking station museum has been established displaying such things as materials and arms related to peoples passage through the checking station.
  • Kurumaya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Kisogunkisomachi Fukushima 5367-2
    The history of this soba (buckwheat noodle) restaurant dates back to the Edo period. Distinguished by its glossy, thick noodles, in winter, raw noodles are also available for takeaway to cook at home. The restaurant's traditional cuisine and soba set meal require reservation in advance. In addition to non-smoking seats on the first floor and smoking seats on the second, the restaurant also offers a reservable detached room which seats two to six people. The restaurant's charming appearance remains unchanged from the early Showa period.
  • Bistro Matsushima-tei
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Kisogunkisomachi Fukushima 5084 Inside Hirokoji Plaza
    This Italian restaurant is housed inside an un-modified, 140-year-old Japanese house. Making full use of the charming architecture, Matsushima-tei even has unique seating arranged around a traditional Japanese sunken hearth. The restaurant’s signature pizza is baked inside a genuine Italian-made oven and is topped with fresh local vegetables. The hearty lunch set is particularly popular. The closes station is JR Kiso-Fukushima Station.
  • Kakizore Onsen Keikoku no Yado Ichikawa
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nagano Pref. Kisogunnagisomachi Yomikaki 1380-6
    "Ichikawa Inn, a hot spring inn, is a 15-minute drive from Minami Kiso Station or about 40 minutes from the Nakatsugawa Interchange, and it is a perfect base for exploring the scenic wonders of Kakizore Gorge, including Kirigataki Falls and the Koiji Suspension Bridge. It is also available for day use. The water in the hot spring is acidic and infused with radon, and as the radon gas is absorbed into the body, it promotes excretion of uric acid, leading to this hot spring being called ""Tsufu no Yu"" (spring for gout). The cuisine served at the inn is centered on seasonal ingredients, such as tree buds, wild plants, and highland vegetables, and the inn's Char Ramen, prepared in a way that eliminates the fishy odor typical of river fish, and Iwana Mabushi Don, rice steamed with char, are highly regarded. The local sake, Somazake, is also available."
  • Yabuhara Kodama no Mori
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Kiso-gun Kisomura Ogiso 3362
    A campground located at the foot of Mt. Hachimori boasting the largest grounds of any in the Kiso region. The campground has an abundance variety of facilities, include an outdoor concert hall capable of accommodating 3,000 viewers, a natural grass ground, mallet golf course, and giant maze. There's also a pool open in summer, rental bicycles include numerous unusual designs, and a barbecue house, and visitors can enjoy camping or just a fun-filled day here. There are cottages and cabins with kitchens perfect for first-timers. Okugiso Lake is located nearby and is a great place for children to play in the great outdoors.
  • Seseragi no Toki
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nagano Kiso-gun Kisomachi Shinkai 3968-2
    A hot spring bathhouse situated along National Route 361 in Shinkai, Kiso Town, Kiso County, Nagano Prefecture. The waters of the bathhouse' carbon dioxide sodium chloride hydrogen carbonate cold mineral spring are said to treat such ailments as cuts, burns, chronic skin diseases, weak constitutions in children, chronic women's diseases, high blood pressure, and hardening of the arteries. The bathhouse has two bathing areas, the Mikage and Hinoki, each with an outdoor bath; which is the men's and which is the women's alternates daily. There's also a rest lounge and restaurant.

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Nagano prefecture is an exciting mix of mountains, hot spring monkeys, and preserved Edo history. At the heart of the Japanese Alps, Nagano is one of the country’s most popular destinations, whether in winter for its snow sports and the much-loved Jigokudani Monkey Park or in the warmer months for discovering the undulating hills on foot. For fantastic Edo architecture, head to the Kiso Valley for a 60-kilometer stretch of quaint wooden buildings that marked the Nakasendo route 200 years ago.

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