Half century ago, many of the good old Japanese towns were disappearing. Despite such trend, Tsumago-juku has been maintaining its traditional ambience ever since the Edo period. Step in to the town, and you will sense how the travelers in the history moved from one place to another while taking a rest at the Shukuba-machi (posting station village).
Nagaya (row house) at Tsumago
Some of the Nagaya houses are not just for observing from outside, but allow you to go inside. Nagaya is a typical house of ordinary people in the Edo period.
Kosatsu-ba is a bulletin board on which bans, laws and regulations for people to be aware of and to observe were posted. (What you see today is a restored object.)
Mountain stream around Tsumago
Tsumago-juku is in a mountainous village where streams run through. The natural resources in addition to the old traditional village scape make this area attractive. Each season of the year shows its own beauty. The green shoots of the trees and plants in spring, fresh green leaves in early summer, colored leaves of the autumn, and the snowy landscape during winter. Staying overnight in this area and having a walk from Tsumago-juku to Magome-juku would make your trip perfect if you have enough time to spend.
Restaurants and shops at Tsumago
Restaurants that serve the traditional local food including the Soba (buckwheat noodles) and Gohei-mochi stand along the road in Tsumago. Souvenir shops dealing with the region’s handcrafts draw travelers’ attention. Craftsmen’s handmade wooden artworks are pleasing that you will enjoy just by observing them.
Important cultural asset, Waki-honjin Okuya
The Waki-honjin Okuya, an important cultural asset, is a complete Hinoki cypress wood architecture which was built approximately 140 years ago. It was once visited by Emperor Meiji (the great grandfather of the present Emperor), making it a prestigious place.