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  • Day517


    October 5, 2018 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

    While some may find Magome too perfectly restored, we loved this small, charming village built on a hillside with great views over nearby rice fields and mountains.
    Today, it’s full of restaurants, ryokans and souvenir shops, but still manages to help you imagine what it must have looked like hundreds of years ago. We think it may be the cutest town we’ve seen in Japan. And while tiny, we managed to spend an entire day wandering around the shops and sitting in cafes. After about 5pm the tourists cleared out so we felt like we had the town to ourselves.
    Because we had the freedom of a rental car, we decided to drive to nearby Nakatsugawa - the town where John was posted 24 years ago. My how it has changed! A huge shopping mall, free wifi and many new buildings make it feel so much more cosmopolitan than it did in the 90’s. Though visiting John’s old apartment and school, where he taught, showed us that some things have become a bit run-down.
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  • Day6

    Alte Postdörfer im Kiso Tal TSUMAGO

    October 2 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Von Matsumoto fahren wir rund 1.5 Stunden mit dem lokalen Zug nach Nagiso im Kiso-Tal. Wieder ziehen pittoreske Landschaften mit sanften Gebirgen, Laub - und Pinienwäldern und Flusstälern an uns vorbei. Weiter geht's per Taxi zu unserem ersten Ziel: TSUMAGO. Das friedliche kleine Post-Dorf aus der Edozeit wacht gerade auf. Nur wenige Menschen sind auf den kleinen Sträßchen zu sehen...Read more

  • Day6

    Magome und der Nakasendo Pfad

    October 2 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Als wir von Tsumago nach MAGOME mit dem örtlichen Bus fahren, und die Fahrt kein Ende zu nehmen scheint, wird mir ganz unbehaglich. Der Plan ist nämlich von Magome, ebenfalls ein altes Post-Dorf, auf alten Handelswegen zurück nach Tsumago zu laufen...

  • Day10


    May 16 in Japan ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    We’re venturing out of the city today and up into the mountains. Taking our first trip on the Shinkansen to Nagoya and then on to Natasugawa and Magome. That fast train is unbelievable, 2 hours driving or thirty minutes on the Shinkansen.

    Took a while but we finally made it out of the city, Arriving at Magome we were a bit lost on where to look for our Ryokan, Graham went into a little shop to ask, “oh I ring” she says 2 minutes later a car arrives for us. Amazing service. Keiko our hostess is lovely, served us tea and snacks and drove us back uptown once we’d got rid of our bags. We spent the afternoon wandering Magome streets which are all gorgeous, my new favourite place in Japan.

    Magome and Tsumago are two restored and preserved Edo-period post towns on the Nakasendo highway in the Kiso Valley. Tomorrow we are walking the post road between the two, about 8kms, let’s hope not all of it uphill.
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  • Day34

    Nakasendo route

    October 5, 2017 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Also called the Central Mountain route, between Kyoto and Tokyo during the Edo period (1603-1868). This route of 530 km passed by 69 post towns, for travellers to chill out. Today we start at post town Magome and hike part of the historic route up to Tsumago in the Kiso valley. Time seemed to have stopped in these beautiful towns and the route led us through a thickly forested path passing by rivers, small waterfalls, bamboo trees and old watermills. After a refreshing chestnut soft ice cream (they loooove soft ice cream) and a rice lolly pop, we are saying goodbye to the Japanese Alps en route to Nara.Read more

  • Day9

    Nakasendo (Magome to Tsumago)

    July 19, 2018 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 86 °F

    Took an hour long train to Nagatsugawa and a 15 minute taxi in Megome. After dropping the bags for transport to the town we will stay at for the night, we started on the 6 mile hike through the mountains in Nagano Prefecture.

    They are having a heat wave here (around 10F above normal) after rains which caused major flooding in the southwest of the country. So the heat index today was around 100F today. We were prepared but we were HOT.

    Even so, it was such a treat to walk this beautiful road that has been in use for at least a thousand years. There were farms, private homes, lots of little shrines, and running water everywhere.

    We pulled into Tsugome around 2 and grabbed a lunch of cold soba noodles and a treat of shaved ice with melon syrup, strawberry syrup or condensed milk on top.

    Then we checked into the adorable Ryokan Fujioto in Tsugome for a shower and rest.
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  • Day16

    De Japanse Alpen

    October 29, 2018 in Japan ⋅ 🌙 7 °C

    Geen sightseeing of hikes vandaag. Alleen een grote verplaatsing van Hiroshima via Nagoya naar Magome, een mini-dorpje in de Japanse Alpen. Alhoewel het hier al de 'Alpen' heten, valt het hier wel mee met de hoogte. We zitten op 640 meter - beetje 'Alpen-light' dus ;) We zitten vandaag vooral in het openbaar vervoer en dat is in Japan prima. De shikansen hebben prima stoelen en prima beenruimte. We doden de tijd met het kijken van wat Netflix en het uitzicht tussen de tunnels door. Zodoende komen we - voor ons gevoel - in no time aan in Nagoya. In een restaurant in het station (een echt restaurant; geen McD restaurant) eten we een prima noodle lunch. Goede tijdsbesteding voor de overstap van ruim een uur. We boemelen door naar het kleinere plaatsje Nakatsugawa waar we weer overstappen op een lokale bus. Als de schemering begint te vallen stappen we uit op de eindhalte van de lijn. Nadat we de mede toeristen met onze navigatie de goede richting hebben gestuurd, gaan we zelf op pad. Als we aankomen bij het hostel is het uitgestorven... zelfs het personeel is weg. Als de dame terugkomt checken we in, bed 24 en 26 op de gemengde slaapzaal. Maar dat is hier meer een houten capsule dan een stapelbed. Weer eens wat anders, minder gezellig, wel heel knus. We kletsen wat met Lewis, een wandelaar uit Tasmanië die vlak na ons aankwam. Hij deelt zijn restje sake en we eten onze pot noodles (nog steeds superlekker). Daarna kruipen we - ieder in z'n eigen - bedstede.Read more

  • Day27

    לא דובים וכן יער

    August 24, 2015 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    רגע, דובים?
    אף אחד לא אמר שום דבר על דובים.
    זה לא היה חלק מהעניין.

    כל קילומטר בערך היה פעמון עם שלט שמורה לצלצל חזק כדי להבריח דובים.
    הלכתי לבד ביער אז הרגשתי יותר מפוחדת ממטומטמת וצלצלתי בכל הכח.
    זה נורא הצחיק את צ'ומי וקרלוס, שני בחורים חביבים מספרד, ששמעו את הפעמונים מרחוק ומיהרו להשיג אותי רק כדי לצחוק עלי.

    נפגשנו בערך אחרי שליש דרך והמשכנו לטייל ביחד. אחר-כך גם אכלנו צהריים יחד ואפילו קיבלתי הזמנה להתארח אצלם בספרד, היה ממש כיף.
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  • Day27


    August 24, 2015 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    בעמק הקיסו נמצאים מספר כפרים שהיו פעם עיירות לינה בדרך מטוקיו לקיוטו.
    עיירות הלינה שימשו את שיירות הנוסעים להתרעננות, לינה, הצטיידות והחלפת סוסים.

    אחת מעיירות הלינה האלו היא מגומה - עיירה קטנה ומקסימה, משומרת מתקופת אדו, שמהווה את נקודת ההתחלה שלי למסלול דרך הנקסנדו.

    מגומה היא עיירה בעליה, ואני מתכוונת לזה במובן הכי תלול של המילה. ועוד לחשוב שאני אמורה להתחיל מסלול אחרי העליה הסיוטית הזו :'(
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