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Japan and the Nakasendo Highway

In Japan's early Edo period five highways were rejuvenated and formally nominated as official routes for the use of the shogun and his feudal lords (daimyo). They provided the communications network that the shogunate needed to stabilize and rule the country. One of these highways was the Nakasendo (Middle Mountain Way) stretching from Kyoto, where the emperor exercised nominal authority, through the central mountain ranges of Honshu Island and on to Edo (Tokyo), from where the shogun wielded the real power. Some of the remaining and best-preserved sections of the Nakasendo still offer a delightful walk through rural Honshu.
For an outstanding and comprehensive description of the Nakasendo Highway see http://hkuhist2.hku.hk/nakasendo/
Kyoto
Kyoto
Hikone
Hikone
Mitake to Hosokute
Mitake to Hosokute
Hosokute to Ena
Hosokute to Ena
Ena to Tsumago
Ena to Tsumago
Kiso-fukushima
Kiso-fukushima
Kiso to Matsumoto
Kiso to Matsumoto
Miho Museum
Miho Museum