Nakasendo Trail: Magome to Tsumago is a 11.3 kilometer moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Nakatsugawa Shi, Gifu, Japan that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

DISTANCE
11.3 km
ELEVATION GAIN
334 m
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

Hiking from Magome to Tsumago in the Japanese Alps. This hike is a small section of the former Nakasendo (once connected Tokyo with Kyoto during the Edo Period.) The trail is a well maintained and well signed in English and Japanese at almost every turn. It starts uphill for the first 3 Km and then once over the Magome pass, hikers are able to purchase a walking stick to begin collecting wooden brands from all over Japan.  Stick costs 1200 yen and comes with the first brand.  Stop in at the Tourist Information Center in Tsumago to get your 2nd brand (free!)   Leave yourself at least 2.5 hrs for just the hike and an additional 45-60 min to explore the towns and eat.  Overall the trail is stone paved and the trail leads through the wooded areas, behind local homes, and through small fields.  There are sections where you cross the main road to continue hiking on the trail.  There are also numerous bear bells that hikers are encouraged to ring along the way.   There is bus that runs between the two cites. http://www.japan-guide.com/bus/kiso.html Nagiso Station to Tsumago and Magome. There is also a baggage forwarding service you can look into.