Kiso valley, Japan

Uncover hidden beauty of Kiso Fukushima

Kiso Fukushima in Nagano Prefecture is both Kiso’s largest town and the halfway point on the Nakasendo, one of the five important of the old Japan. During the Edo Period, it functioned as the most important post town of the valley and one of the only two checkpoints along the ancient trail, where the Tokugawa Shoguns checked out travelers’ official border-crossing permit and their goods. Nowadays, Kiso Fukushima is a delightful town to explore, with incredibly preserved neighborhoods and houses huddled above the Kiso River. This relaxed community also offers several museums and Zen Buddhist temples to wander around. The most famous is Kozenji Temple with its attractive zen ink paintings and treasures on display as well as the largest dry rock garden in Asia. If you are in the mood for local food and drink, Kiso Fukushima has plenty of restaurants to enjoy specialties like hoba-maki rice cakes, gohei-mochi, sunki and akakabu pickles.

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Walk along cobblestone streets and admire the historic sekisho, or barrier station of Kiso-Fukushima, the largest post town in Kiso valley

Experience the most popular section of Nakasendo ancient trail and explore the well-preserved post towns of Tsumago and Magome

Hop on a fun biking tour around Kyoto, Japan’s cultural capital, and its famed attractions

Explore the hidden gems of Iya Valley, including pristine mountain scenery, ancient vine bridges and historical farm houses

Spend a day relaxing in the pleasant atmosphere of Ritsurin Park and seeing Edo-era heritage buildings in Shikoku Village

Get an exclusive in-depth access to the unique Naoshima island with visits to its museums and artworks scattered throughout the town

Learn part of Japan’s history while visiting Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park & Museum

Admire the impressive vermillion gate of Itsukushima Shrine and the sacred Misen Mount on Miyajima Island

Contemplate the spectacular views of Mount Aso from the vantage point of Mount Daikanbo

Enjoy watching Takachiho Kagura Dance, a nightly ceremonial dance performance at Takachiho Shrine

See a close up view of the famous Takachiho Gorge and the 1200 year-old Takachiho Shrine

Take part in a 3-day journey of hiking and exploring the ancient forest trail of Yakushima Island

Discover the volcanic island of Sakurajima and enjoy relaxing time in Nagisa Park Foot Bath

Tokyo→Kiso valley→Kyoto→Iya valley→Takamatsu→Hiroshima→Takachiho→Kagoshima→Yakushima

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Kiso valley, Nagano
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