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Hiking the Kiso Valley in Nagano

written by Kierstin Anderson July 1, 2016
Kiso Valley Nagano Japan

Kiso Valley Nagano Japan

Not all Japan travelers want to stay in cities like Tokyo and Osaka, and that’s okay. If you are an outdoorsy type, consider heading up to Nagano Prefecture for a few days to hike the Kiso Valley Nagano Trail and staying in a tradition ryokan.

The Kiso Valley Nagano Trail runs between the towns of Magome and Tsumago. During the Edo Period, the trail was used as a part of the road between Tokyo and Kyoto.  The trail winds through the rice paddy fields, villages, and beautiful forests along the Kiso River. The entire trail is clearly marked in both Japanese and English. It is a two to three hour hike, if walked at a moderate sightseeing pace.

If you want a downhill walk, head from Magome to Tsumago. If you are looking for a challenge, do just the opposite. Both towns have Tourist Information Centers who can help with your luggage, should you have any–one center will deliver your luggage to the other if dropped off between 8:30-11:30am.  and picked up after 1:00pm. This service only operates from late-March through November, and they charge ¥500 per item.

During the summer, Kiso Valley has many opportunities for outdoor activities such as rock climbing, bicycle touring, canoeing, and kayaking. Not coming until winter? Well, that’s the perfect time to enjoy one of Kiso Valley’s many ski resorts.

But you’re not just going to walk the trail and leave, are you? Both Tsumago and Magome’s architecture are reflective of the Edo Period and are gorgeous in their own right. Once you arrive in one of the towns for the night, go the traditional route and stay in a Minshuku-style ryokan.

Kiso Valley Nagano Tourism Information Offices

Tumago Tourism Association Tourist Office


 Hours of Operation: 8:30am- 5:00pm (17:00)

Address: 2159-2 Azauma, Nagiso-chou, Kiso-gun, Nagano

Phone: 0264-57-3123

E-Mail: info@tumago.jp

Ryokan in Tsumago:

Yamamizuki URARA Tsutaya

  • Address: 2012-4, Fukushima, Kiso-machi,  Kiso-gun, Nagano
  • Phone: 0264-22-2145
  • Booking: http://travel.rakuten.com
  • Expected Price: Around ¥15,000 per night

Minshuku Murachiya

  • Address: 5373-1 Yasawa Fukushima, Kiso-machi, Kiso-gun, Nagano
  • Phone: 0264-22-3186
  • Booking: https://www.tripadvisor.com
  • Expected Price: Around ¥6,200 per night

Tsutaya Tokinoyado Kazari

  • Address: 5623-2 Kaida Kogen Suekawa, Kiso-cho, Kiso-gun, Nagano
  • Phone: 0264-42-1188
  • Website: http://www.kiso-kazari.com/lg_en/
  • Expected Price: Around ¥22,500 per night

Ryokan in Magome:


  • Address: 4266 Magome Nakatsugawa-shi, Gifu-ken
  • Phone: 0796-32-2626
  • Website: JapaneseGuestHouses.com
  • Expected Price: Around ¥7,000-¥10,000 per night


  • Address: 4296 Nakatsugawa-shi, Gifu-ken
  • Phone: 0573-69-2038
  • Website: JapaneseGuestHouses.com
  • Expected Price: Around ¥7,000-¥10,000 per night


  • Address: 4254 Magome, Nakatsugawa-shi, Gifu-ken
  • Phone: 0573-69-2201
  • Website: JapaneseGuestHouses.com
  • Expected Price: Around ¥7,000-¥10,000 per night

Nearest Station: Kiso Fukushima station

“Why Go?”: It’s a great opportunity to explore the Tokyo-Kyoto road as it was in the Edo Period, and stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan!

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