How to travel between the Kiso Valley and Nagoya

By limited express train

To access Magome, take the JR Shinano limited express from Nagoya to Nakatsugawa Station (50 minutes, approx. 3000 yen). From Nakatsugawa, Magome can be reached in a 30 minute bus ride (see timetable).

To access Tsumago, take the JR Shinano limited express from Nagoya to Nagiso Station (75 minutes, approx. 3000 yen). Note, however, that many limited express trains do not stop at Nagiso Station, in which case you should transfer to a local train at Nakatsugawa Station. From Nagiso Station, Tsumago can be reached in a short taxi or bus ride (see timetable).

To access Narai, take the JR Shinano limited express train from Nagoya to Kiso-Fukushima Station (85 minutes) and transfer to a local train to Narai Station (20 minutes). The entire one way trip costs around 5000 yen.

By local train

Local trains along the JR Chuo Line connect Nagoya with Nakatsugawa (70 minutes, 1340 yen), Nagiso (90 minutes, 1690 yen) and Narai (3 hours, 2640 yen).

By highway bus

Many highway buses, which run along the Chuo Expressway between Nagoya and Nagano (e.g. buses along the Nagoya-Iida route), stop at "Chuodo Magome" bus stop, which is located in the Misaka parking area along the expressway. From the bus stop, Magome can be reached in about a 20 minute walk. The one way journey between Nagoya and Chuodo Magome takes about 90 minutes and costs 2000 yen.

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All the post towns of the Kiso Valley are located within easy reach of the JR Chuo Line, and can be visited relatively conveniently by public transportation. Please refer to each post town's information page for more details on access and orientation:

Magome and Tsumago are located less than ten kilometers from each other and are the most popular destinations in the Kiso Valley. A popular hiking trail, which follows the former Nakasendo route, connects the two towns. Alternatively, they are connected with each other by infrequent direct buses (see timetable).

A visit to the Kiso Valley is possible as a side trip from Nagoya or even Kyoto. It can also be visited along a journey between Tokyo and Kyoto/Osaka as an alternative to taking the Tokaido Shinkansen. While the main attractions of the Kiso Valley can be seen in a single day, we recommend to include an overnight stay at one of the post towns' minshuku or ryokan.

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