Magome and Tsumago are two restored and preserved Edo-period way stations on the Nakasendo highway in the Kiso Valley in Nagano Prefecture.
The Nakasendo, like the more well-known Tokaido to the south, was a road connecting Kyoto with Edo (present-day Tokyo).
Magome and Tsumago are within easy reach of Nagoya via Nakatsugawa or Nagiso by both car and public transport and there is a pleasant 2 to 2 and a half hour walk between the two historic, former post towns.
If you stay overnight you can see as many of stars you can't imagine at the sky at night which is impressive. At early morning you have almost the town for yourself.