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Magome and Tsumago 馬篭と妻籠

Two historic post towns on the former Nakasendō - the mountainous route between Kyōto and Edo - Magome and Tsumago sit in the rural Kiso Valley in southern Nagano Prefecture, close to the border with Gifu-ken. Restored from near complete dereliction in the 1960s and '70s, the two villages have retained more of an air of old Japan than almost anyplace else in the country.

The first few shots date from a visit in May of 2004, while the rest are from May of 2006.
Waterwheel in Magome
Waterwheel in Magome
Magome village
Magome village
Tsumago village
Tsumago village
Ascending into Magome
Ascending into Magome
The main center of Magome
The main "center" of Magome
Looking down the main street
Looking down the main street
Long souvenir shop
Long souvenir shop
Former sake brewery and stone marker
Former sake brewery and stone marker
Spring flowers in Magome
Spring flowers in Magome
White and pink sakura beside the path
White and pink sakura beside the path
Onna-daki
Onna-daki
Otoko-daki
Otoko-daki
Skink along the hike
Skink along the hike
Entering Tsumago
Entering Tsumago
Tsumago's main drag
Tsumago's main drag
A relatively quiet afternoon
A relatively quiet afternoon
Central Tsumago
Central Tsumago
Main street in Tsumago
Main street in Tsumago
Small shrine interior
Small shrine interior
Okuya Kyōdokan
Okuya Kyōdokan