Narai-juku (post town)

Historical Monument
Long ago, the Nakasendo was an important highway connecting Edo and Kyoto, and many travelers stopped at the post town of Narai-juku before or after crossing the Torii Pass following this route. The post town once prospered due to the many people moving along the highway, and the town was even described as “Narai Sen-ken” (1,000 buildings of Narai). Narai was quite large, and divided into three districts—uptown, midtown, and downtown, and today the townscape remains mostly unchanged from its heyday. In 1978, the post town was designated an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings.

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Parking Lot
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Vegetarian Menu
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English Menu
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Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Estimated stay time
60-120 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
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Infant friendly
Pet friendly
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Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • Venturing Back in Time
    5.0 Reviewed : 2023.05.17
    It was great to get to Narai-juku early in the morning before all the shops opened & the arrival of bus loads of tourists.We parked our vehicle for 500 yen @ the train station. Convenient & clean...
  • Old “Syukuba” in the Edo era. 200 years ago
    5.0 Reviewed : 2023.04.23
    I visit here for the first time . It’s quite far away from Tokyo, but it is worth visiting Naraijuku. I recommend you staying at Kisofukushima hot spring onsen . It’s half an hour trip from...
  • Worth the visit
    5.0 Reviewed : 2023.04.04
    This tiny town is so picturesque that it is worth the visit. You can stay (Iseya is a great ryokan) or take the train for a quick visit

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