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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Chubu - Kiso Valley
Magome-Tsumago Trail 
# 3   of 5 most visited
sights in Kiso Valley

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Notice
A landslide damaged the railway tracks of the JR Chuo Line in the Kiso Valley on July 10, 2014. As a result, trains are currently not operating between Sakashita and Nojiri Stations, affecting trains along the Kiso Valley and limited express trains between Nagoya and Nagano. It is expected that repair works will take at least one month. A substitute bus service between Sakashita and Nojiri started on July 14 (see timetable).

  as of July 26, 2014

The trail between Magome and Tsumago is a well maintained section of the former Nakasendo, the route that ran along the Kiso Valley and connected Tokyo with Kyoto during the Edo Period. The trail is not difficult and is well marked in English and Japanese. It is about 8 km long and should take two to three hours to complete at a leisurely pace.

The trail leads through the countryside and passes right alongside the houses and fields of local residents. The trail also intersects with the road and hikers must tread along asphalt for some portions. Despite this, a walk along the Magome-Tsumago trail is a highly enjoyable part of visiting the Kiso Valley. From Magome to Tsumago involves less uphill walking than the opposite direction.

A baggage forwarding service is available through the towns' tourist information centers. Luggage must be dropped off at the information center between 8:30am and 11:30am and will be delivered to the other town's information center by 1pm. The fee is 500 yen per item. The service is available daily from mid March through November (March 21 to November 30, 2014) but not during the winter.

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How to get there
If not walking, you can travel between Magome and Tsumago by infrequent direct buses (see timetable). The more time-consuming alternative leads by train and buses via Nakatsugawa and Nagiso Stations.

How to get to and around the Kiso Valley

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Nakasendo Hiking (Tsumago Tourist Association)
Details about the trail and luggage delivery service.

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