Up through a windy mountain road sits the historic town of Magome-juku. Visitors can relive a piece of the Edo period upon arrival as they are greeted with a long cobblestone road and a crystal clear view of the mountains and sky.
Magome-juku was the 43rd out of 69 posts on the Nakasendo road that connected Edo or Tokyo to Kyoto. Travelers stayed at this location during their journey between the cities and was once very busy. Even though the town has been reconstructed, the style is still very reminiscent of the Edo period, and has a very traditional feel to it that some people enjoy. This town allows visitors to really unplug and relax. It has increasingly become a well-known tourist spot in Gifu, attracting tourists from all over the world.
Walking down this steep walkway, you are likely to hear accents, and different languages spoken by visitors who end up here trying to absorb a bit of traditional Japan. At guest houses such as Magomechaya and Tajimaya visitors can get an authentic feel for what life was like during the Edo period. The traditional structures of this small town will have you in a bit of a time warp, as you are drawn into the perfectly preserved lifestyle here.
The streets are lined on both sides with small shops carrying souvenirs, nick nacks, fresh fruit, and the specialty, chestnut soft ice cream. There are many small restaurants and cafes with beverages and munchies, they also serve soba noodles (buckwheat noodles), which is a nice refreshing meal on any day!
Lower down the path is a working water wheel which was supposedly used to make rice flour. Today, it is used as a hydroelectric power source for the village.
From the beginning of this time travel to the very end, you will notice the calming sound of running water, and the numerous carp (koi) ponds, with bursts of green gardens here and there amongst the old houses of Edo. Take your time down this historic path, watch your footing on the cobblestone road, as I’m sure it has many stories to tell.