A few days ago my wife and I went to anamazing Japanese traditional town, it was super awesome.
Was really dope and whileI was there I recorded a few pretty decent videos so I thought I would sharethem with you guys.
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During the Edo period somethree hundred years ago, the Nakasendo highway served as a connection betweenEdo, now known as Tokyo, and Kyoto.
The trip from Kyoto to Tokyo wasn't an easyone.
A trip that today can take as little as three hours thanks to the superspeedy bullet trains would have taken travelers up to 20 days to completeduring the Edo period and so post towns began to spring up along the way to helptired travelers out and provide them with grub, entertainment, and a place tocatch some Z's.
Thankfully we can still experience the long and rich history of Japan's post towns thanks to the hard work of the local communities who havepreserved their traditional architecture.
In this video my wife and I visit theMagome post town in Nakatsugawa.
Located in Chubu region of central JapanMagome is pretty unique among the post towns throughout the country for beingin a beautiful mountainous area.
It's said that the name Magome derives fromthe fact that travellers were forced to leave their horses at the inns becausethe road was too steep for them to climb.
Upon arriving at the bottom of the climbyou're immediately greeted by some pretty awesome souvenir stores.
A placeto buy trinkets, snacks, and all kinds of cute things because you know, Japan right? Look at this! Did you ever think you'dsee Hello Kitty branded Nagano beef curry? No? Me neither, but damn Hello Kitty's never looked so sexy.
There's also a wide variety ofJapanese sake, wine, and liquors.
Grape and apple flavour? Oh hell yes! But the one I was particularly interested in was, no not the awesome-looking cherry blossom wine.
But this! Purely, because it looks like it fell off of an old pirate ship.
Gar! After stocking up on some unique Kit Kat flavors and drooling over the food anddrink that we wanted but had to leave behind, we finally started to make ourway up the streets.
The 600 meter long steep cobblestone streets are lined with old lattice-windowed residential houses, museums, tea houses, and souvenir shops on both sides.
A scene that very much resembles how the post town looked inthe Edo period hundreds of years ago.
Oh and yes, this awesome waterwheel.
If you're a big fan of anime it's difficult not to see these major resemblances in style and design but I wouldn't recommend Naruto running through thetown unless you want the locals to know that you're stark raving bonkers.
It was difficult not to notice the lackof people during our visit to Magome.
I've visited previously and it's usuallyrammed with visitors, but due to the effect a certain virus has had on tourism the whole Magome was practically ours for the day.
Which was great for us, but will have adamaging effect on Japan's tourism industry.
What's that?Sake flavored Kit Kats? Yes please! In this video we visited Magome at thestart of Spring, so it was still a little chilly the higher we got but that didn'tdistract us from how wonderful it all looks.
But if you want something trulybeautiful then I'd recommend visiting during the Sakura season around the endof March.
Seeing cherry blossoms line parts of these streets will blow your eyeballs.
Oh look! It's those big fish everyone lovesto see in Japan.
After stuffing your face with mochi andmany other delicious snacks along the way, you'll finally reach the top.
And what a view it is.
It's a jaw-dropping view of the mountains that surround Magome and it's easy to sit and get lost in how awesome it looks.
It makes me wonder howincredible this must have been for travelers who stayed here during theirlong journey to Kyoto in the 17th century.
If you're ever in Japan and wantsomething not so touristy and a little more in touch with Japan's rich history, I'd highly recommend visiting a post town.
Especially this one.
Magome reallyrewards you, whether it's with food, drink or a mind-blowing view.