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  • Nagoya is central Japan's industrial beating heart, home to various innovative technological

  • companies including Toyota.

  • Despite being sometimes overlooked as a tourist destination, this city has much to offer visitors,

  • and also makes for an excellent base to travel to the breathtaking attractions located nearby.

  • Upon leaving the big city and entering the mountainous interior, visitors can experience

  • a world frozen in time, with stunning natural vistas acting as

  • the backdrop to excellently preserved feudal era towns, all underscored

  • by enchanting traditional culture.

  • I'm Sam Evans, staff writer for japan-guide.com and for this journey, I'll be enjoying a

  • 3-day side trip from Nagoya, taking in the city's interesting technological attractions

  • before going 'back in time' if you will, to explore the beautiful and historically

  • important old post towns of the Kiso Valley before ending with a picturesque river cruise.

  • Here's the plan: On day 1 we spend the morning in Nagoya before

  • heading to the Kiso Valley, where we will spend most of Day 2.

  • On Day 3 we leave the Kiso Valley and end our journey with a boat ride along the Tenryu

  • river.

  • So, follow along as we go on a “Side Trip from Nagoya through the Kiso Valley

  • Day 1

  • We start our journey at Nagoya Station and head to the south of the city to see the popular

  • SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, one of the best train museums in the country.

  • After this, it's back to Nagoya Station from where we'll head to a nearby restaurant

  • for a lunch of tebasaki, chicken wings deep fried without batter, and one of the city's

  • best-loved specialities.

  • Then we will take a short train ride to Sako Station to check out the nearby Toyota Techno

  • Museum, and finally board a Shinano Wide View limited express train from Nagoya Station

  • all the way to Nagiso Station, where a bus will take us to the town of Tsumago where

  • we will end our day in a traditional inn.

  • So we're here at the SCmaglev and Railway Park in Nagoya and this museum is dedicated

  • to educating visitors on developments in Japan's high speed rail.

  • There are lot of interesting trains on display including the maglev over there and a ton

  • of exhibits to keep train enthusiasts occupied.

  • So we have arrived in central Nagoya and right by Nagoya station we've ducked into a Tebasaki

  • restaurant, now Tebasaki is a Nagoya speciality, its deep fried chicken wings made without

  • batter, and in Nagoya they're typically sprinkled with sesame seeds.

  • They look absolutely incredible.

  • This is the Toyota Techno Museum and this large museum recounts Toyota's history from

  • its beginnings in the textile industry going forward into the automotive industry and there's

  • so much cool stuff here.

  • From here, we head into the Kiso Valley where we'll be spending the majority of our time

  • from here on out.

  • During feudal times, this scenic area was incorporated along the Nakasendo, one of Japan's

  • five main highways.

  • Back in those days, most travelers traversed this important national route on foot, and

  • so post towns were located every few kilometers to provide food and accommodation.

  • In the Kiso Valley a few of these old post towns, including Tsumago and Magome where

  • we'll be visiting, have been excellently preserved to resemble how they looked centuries ago.

  • Our last stop is the town of Tsumago, one of the best preserved post towns in Japan,

  • where we will stay at a quaint inn for the night.

  • Upon checking-in we find our room and prepare for dinner.

  • After arriving early I've enjoyed a lovely

  • bath and now I'm about to enjoy this equally lovely looking meal.

  • We have tempura, we have sashimi, we have rainbow trout and rice, and grasshoppers which

  • I'm interested to try so I'm going to dig in.

  • Itadakimasu!

  • Day 2

  • We'll first spend the morning walking through Tsumago's pleasant streets, stopping at

  • the interesting Honjin and Wakihonjin historic building complexes.

  • From here we'll take a bus to the quaint town of Ochiai, stopping briefly along the

  • way at Magome to have a regional local specialty for lunch, tempura soba noodles.

  • At Ochiai we'll try our hand at writing Japanese in a calligraphy experience offered

  • at Kofukuji Temple before calling it a day and heading to our accomodation for the night.

  • So now we are exploring the main street of Tsumago.

  • Now Tsumago rose to prominence during the Edo period when it was as a post-town along

  • the Nakasendo, one of the old highways that connected Tokyo with Kyoto.

  • We first take a quick tour of the Honjin, a reconstructed building that in feudal times

  • served as accomodation for the highest-ranking officials when they passed through the town.

  • A short walk from the Honjin stands the Wakihonjin, who's main building dates back to the 19th century.

  • This complex was another inn that served high-ranking travelers, secondary in prestige to the Honjin.

  • Following this morning of exploration we take the bus to Magome, where we will enjoy a nice

  • warm lunch.

  • So we ducked out of the cold into this traditional Japanese restaurant and I'm about to indulge

  • in a traditional dish: tempura soba.

  • I can't wait to get stuck into this coz not only does it look delicious but it looks

  • hot and right now I'm freezing so let's go for it.

  • After alighting the bus at Ochiai we make the short walk to the Kofukuji Temple, where

  • I'll experience the ancient art of Japanese calligraphy.

  • Following this we'll make our way to our lodgings for the night.

  • So after the calligraphy experience earlier today we arrived at our nearby accomodation

  • for the night and we are about to enjoy another amazing looking meal.

  • There are local delicacies including wild boar meat (inoshishi), sashimi and grasshoppers

  • again, I'm beginning to see a trend here!

  • Day 3

  • On the last day of this trip, we start off with a 30 minute walk on the Nakasendotrail

  • to Magome, where we will check out what the town has to offer.

  • We then walk to the Misaka parking area from where a bus will take us to Iida station.

  • From there we will visit the Iida City Kawamoto Kihachiro Puppet Museum, after which we will

  • board a local train and head to Tenryukyo station where we will take a scenic boat ride

  • along the Tenryu River to end our adventure.

  • From Magome we make a 20 minute walk toward the Mikasa Bus Stop, from where a highway

  • bus will take us to Iida station, where the puppet museum is located.

  • The museum is a short walk from Iida station and showcases the city's history of traditional

  • bunraku puppetry with some very well crafted and detailed puppets.

  • So we're here on the Tenryu Line Kudari, which is a river boat cruise manned and paddled

  • in the traditional way and it offers absolutely stunning views of the surroundings and what

  • a great end to an amazing trip!

  • And that concludes our exploration of this beautiful region of Japan.

  • Thanks for joining me, I hope this video has been enjoyable and even inspire some ideas,

  • should you be planning a trip from Nagoya.

  • For more information about our itinerary or to watch another video, click the links on

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  • Happy travels.

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