As with elsewhere in Japan at the moment places that would normally be heaving with tourists and a zillion selfie sticks are eerily quiet and much more pleasant to visit as a result. Mount Kōya was no exception.
Another walk on the Nakasendō/Kiso-ji. Starting at Niekawa Station (where I finished last time) I passed through Kiso-Hirasawa (木曽平沢), Narai (奈良井), and then over the Torii Pass (鳥居峠) to Yabuhara (藪原).
Magome (馬籠) and Tsumago (妻籠) — possibly the two most popular villages on the Nakasendō (中山道). My first visit was way back in 2000 if memory serves me well and I’ve been back on numerous occasions ever since.
Quiet roads, a leisurely distance, and a remarkably well-preserved village to finish the day.
These little day trips are proving to be just the ticket. A dip into history, a new corner of Japan, and exercise to boot. Being fairly central, I get to choose.
With Japan under another state of emergency and residents being asked to stay closer to home and within the prefecture walking the Kiso-ji (木曽路), Ise-ji (伊勢路), and some sections of the Nakasendō (中山道), now would be selfish.
Initially I wasn’t going to post these photos of just another walk in the neighbourhood but then I read an
The Kiso-ji (木曽路), a small section of the Nakasendo (中山道), runs through the Kiso valley in Nagano prefecture. I wrote about walking it between Kiso Fukushima to Agematsu here and decided last week to walk it some more.