Travel 8 kilometers south from Tsumago-juku and you will be at Magome-juku, the next posting station over a mountain. This Shukuba was formed along a mountain slope, which makes it unique as you will not see this kind of Shukuba in other areas of the country.
Kosatsu-ba is a bulletin board which was used in the Edo period (restored).
Eating and walking around in Magome
Soba (buckwheat noodles) and the Gohei-mochi, typical food of mountain villages, are recommendable.
Soba noodle in Magome
Gohei-mochi. They are not oval shaped in this area. Three round mochis are skewered.
Folk handicraft of Magome
We strongly suggest you to see the wooden handicrafts made by the local professionals. The region is well-known for producing fine quality wood, thus skills and techniques to make traditional crafts using wood have been developed. Many of the products are not just an art object, but can be used as daily commodities for a long period. Combs are a recommended souvenir for women. It is popular for not causing static electricity and keeping your hair silky.
Magome Tenbou-dai (observation deck)
There is an observation deck at the top of the Shukuba. Enjoy the splendid view of Mount Ena, the highest mountain in this area, and its base. Nakasendo Way trail to Tsumago starts from here.
Travel down for around 2 kilometers from the Magome-juku to see the ancient cobbled street called the “Ochiai-no Ishi-datami”, a part of old-day Nakasendo Way. Walking along the stone path in a quiet mountain forest is so relaxing. If the sunlight shines in through the tree leaves, you will be able to imagine how the travelers in the old days felt like.
If you are interested in traditional craftwork, visit the “Kijishi-no-sato” which is in a 10 kilometer-distance from Tsumago-juku, where wood turning craftsmen gather.
The “Nagiso Rokuro-zaiku”, a traditional craftwork in this region uses spinning wheel to grind wood and make products. Its technique has been passed down over a thousand years. Each product is beautiful, yet practical. Do not miss the chance to see the fascinating skills and technique of the local professionals, which are reflected onto the artwork.
At the Kijishi-no-sato Yamaichi, you can participate in one of the workshops. Why not make your masterpiece as a souvenir of your trip?