- SNOW MONKEY PARK
- YUDANAKA & SHIBU ONSEN
- SHIGA KOGEN
- OBUSE & SUZAKA
- NAGANO CITY
- TATEYAMA KUROBE ALPINE ROUTE
- KISO VALLEY
- IIYAMA & MADARAO
Kiso Valley and the historic Kisoji
The excellent preservation of the road and its postal town allows visitors to step back into the 'Edo Period'; a rare glimpse of traditional Japan in the 21st Century
The Hayashi Family Residence
Located in the postal town of Tsumago, the former merchants residence is known for its ageless beauty and historical importance
Samurai trail hiking
The best way to chill out and breathe in the natural beauty of Japan is to enter the forest and explore the historic trails that lead you further into the heart and soul of the country
Kiso Valley woodcraft
Artisans have developed unique techniques using local wood over more than 400 years and forged a deep connection between local culture and its natural surroundings
Akasawa Natural Recreational Forest
Known as one of the most well preserved natural forests in Japan, the former timber railway transports visitors in and out in with ease and comfort
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During Japan's Edo Period (1603 to 1868) the Nakasendo Way ran between Kyoto and then capital Edo (known known as Tokyo). The road acted as one of the main highways between Japan's two most important urban centers and allowed traders and travelers to make the otherwise treacherous journey under the control and relative safety of a monitored highway. The road's most mountainous section through Nagano's Kiso Valley, known as the 'Kisoji' or 'Kiso Road', became synonymous with natural beauty and man-made wealth. Postal towns dotted along the road allowed local authorities to monitor activity on the road, provide protection, and of course, tax for the privilege to do so. As local governors and traders prospered, the post towns flourished.
Surrounded by mountain forests, resources such as wood became the primary industry of for the residents of the Kiso Valley. The high quality of local timber combined with an expertise in woodcraft that developed over centuries is now manifest in local woodcraft including 'magemono', 'kiso lacquerare', and 'comb craft'. The importance of timber to local culture instill a deep connection between the region and its people with the beauty of its natural surroundings.
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