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 can be picked up at the other town's information center after 1pm. The fee is 500 yen per item. The service is available daily from mid March through November (March 20 to November 30, 2018) but not during the winter.


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

Hotels around Kiso Valley

Recommended Hotels
Friendly, traditional inn with good location in Tsumago. By many considered the best in town.
Japanese Guest Houses
Traditional inn in the very heart of Tsumago.
Japanese Guest Houses