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  • Honjin/Toson Memorial Museum
  • The Toson Kinenkan dedicated to the novelist Toson Shimazaki
  • The main street’s wood and plaster Edo-style buildings
  • The well-maintained section of the former Nakasendo route that connected Tokyo with Kyoto during the Edo Period

The town’s most famous resident was the novelist Shimazaki Toson. Born in Magome in 1872, Toson is a highly-regarded figure in Japanese literature. His novel Yoakemae (Before the Dawn) describes life in the area during the early years of the Meiji Restoration. Its often-quoted first line reads: “The whole of the Kisoji lies in the mountains”.

Practical information:

  • From Tokyo to Nagoya Station by JR Tokaido Shinkansen trains, then from Nagoya to Nakatsugawa Station by JR Chuo “Shinano” trains (limited express) and finally by bus to Magome (3h30)
  • The walking route between Magome and Tsumago (the Magome-Tsumago Trail) is recommended

Magome on our Google map


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