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The Post Towns and their Attractions

During the Edo Period (1603-1868), one of the major routes connecting Kyoto in the West to Edo (present-day Tokyo) in the East was called the Nakasendo (Central Mountain Highway).  Along the way, there were 69 post, or inn, towns. 
The Kisoji is a portion of that route, stretching 80 kilometers along the Kiso River.  It threads its way over a pass and through deep, forested valleys, twisting and turning around the bases of the mountains.  Of those 69 post towns of the historic Nakasendo, 11 of them are located along the Kisoji.
Because the nature and scenery of the Kisoji are so distinctive, they came to characterize the Nakasendo in the Ukiyoe (Japanese wood block prints) of the Edo period.  Even today, visitors can experience this rich part of Japanese history in the post towns where the heritage and antiquities of yesteryear still remain.  Voices from a bygone era seep from the walls of the old Japanese inns and the warmth of the light from paper-shaded lanterns gives solace as it resonates in our hearts.
Each Kiso post town has its own unique characteristics.  Suhara Post town is known for its lattice doors, while Nojiri Post Town features a winding street designed to foil attacking enemies, and Tsumago Post Town retains many genuine elements of the Edo period that transport visitors back in time.

Nature

Surrounded as it is by high mountains such as the Kiso Range of the Central Japan Alps in the southeast and Mt. Ontake in the northwest, Kiso is naturally very mountainous, with abundant water and deep, verdant forests.  The entire region is richly endowed with a pristine environment and incredibly magnificent scenery that leaves one with an uplifting feeling of peace.
The brilliance of each of the four seasons can be enjoyed to the fullest here in the Kiso area.  Hikers will be impressed as they gaze up at the grandeur of Mts. Kiso, Ontake and Kiso Komagatake.  Trekkers and climbers can experience the satisfaction of reaching their peaks, appreciating along the way the beauty of pure mountain streams and tumbling waterfalls.  Visitors will be impressed by towering Japanese cypress and cedar trees, some well over a century old.  Waving grasses and alpine flowers thriving on the forest floor quietly comfort those passing by, as the warbling of birds refreshes them.  All of these and more are the abundant natural attractions of the Kisoji.

Events and Activities

Kiso is a place where rich history and gorgeous nature have quietly blended to create a deeply rooted artistic culture.  Traditional festivals - some quiet and somber, others throbbing with excitement - are held throughout the year.  Vivid memories, unforgettable experiences and unique handcrafted items - all are available in every season and at every turning along the Kisoji.

In Kiso you may feel that you’ve slipped back in time; you may experience serenity in your soul; you may sense that you’ve somehow blended with nature itself.  All of these and more make a visit to the Kisoji a memorable and rewarding experience.

Leisure Facilities

Drawing upon its bountiful natural environment, Kiso offers a wide range of leisure activities.  From spring through autumn, golfers can enjoy playing on four different courses, each featuring challenging slopes and bounded by deep forest.  In winter, the five ski resorts provide top-quality skiing and snowboarding opportunities on powder snow as good as that of Hokkaido.