Trip to Tohoku, Chubu and Chugoku in 2016 winter – Part 4, Nagoya to Matsumoto via Magome

It was a beautiful day when I left Nagoya station.
It was a beautiful day when I left Nagoya station.

This post is continued from Trip to Tohoku, Chubu and Chugoku in 2016 winter – Part 3, Kakunodate to Nagoya via Sendai and Yamadera.

On 4th day of my trip, my trip was getting crazier and crazier. I visited the places as many as I could. Please do not copy my trip plan but I am sure I can share tons of information from my trip. I made a trip from Nagoya to Takaoka in Toyama prefecture. I dropped by Magome, Matsumoto, Shinano-Omachi, Itoigawa and Toyama on the way to Takaoka. I will show you the first half of 4th day of my trip.

Nagoya to Magome

Nagoya 8:00 (Shinano 3) 8:50 Nakatsugawa 9:10 (Local bus) 9:35 Magome

I got on Limited Express Shinano. It was about one hour trip to Nakatsugawa where is the gateway to very popular post town, Magome.

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Nakatsugawa station is very small. There are two platforms and three tracks. There is only one ticket gate and you cannot miss it.

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The bus to Magome depart from the bus stop just in front to the station.

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Local bus to Magome is very common commuter bus.
Local bus to Magome is very common commuter bus.

Walking in Magome-Juku

Magome is one of 69 stations on “Nakasendo”. Nakasendo is one of five ancient main route in Edo era. Now Magome is restored and it is a preserved post town now. We can see many of historical buildings.

The bus stop of Magome is located at the lower side of main street. You can start walking through the street to upper side.

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You may find this building near the bus stop. You can enter the street by this building.
You may find this building near the bus stop. You can enter the street by this building.

When I visited there, it was early morning and most of shops were still closed. It was very very quiet. Nobody was there when I got there.

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It was a nice day but cold.

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Many travelers hike to next post town, Tsumago. You can access to the trail to Tsumago from upper side of Magome easily.

Tsumago is 7.7 km away from Magome.
Tsumago is 7.7 km away from Magome.

Magome to Matsumoto

Magome 10:15 (Local bus) 10:40 Nakatsugawa 10:50 (Shinano 7) 12:04 Matsumoto

After visiting Magome, I went back to Nakatsugawa to take another Limited Express Shinano to Matsumoto.

Bus stop at Magome. It is written in Japanese, English, Korean and Chinese. Most of you can understand the timetable very easily.
Bus stop at Magome. It is written in Japanese, English, Korean and Chinese. Most of you can understand the timetable very easily.

It was very mild winter but there were some snow on the way to Matsumoto.

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I enjoyed 1 hour train ride and arrived in Matsumoto station.

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Even though I stayed in Matsumoto for just one hour, I could not skip Matsumoto castle. It was 15-20 minutes away from Matsumoto station.

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This castle is one of four castles that have original building. Matsumoto castle is also register as National Treasure. I could see Matsumoto castle and Japanese Alps Mountains in the distance. It was such a gorgeous view.

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I did not have enough time but I needed to eat something. Because I did not have any chances to eat until I got Shinano-Omachi around 14:00. I had Soba (buckwheat noodle) at the noodle stand in front of Matsumoto station.

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In the next post, I will show you the second half of the trip on day 4 at Shinano-Omachi, Minami-Otari, Itoigawa, Toyama and Takaoka.

Continue to next post, Trip to Tohoku, Chubu and Chugoku in 2016 winter – Part 5, Matsumoto to Takaoka via Toyama.

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