Magome (馬籠) is a small village located in the Kiso Valley, which served travelers from Nakasendo, and was an important route between Tokyo and Kyoto during the Edo Period.
Magome is known as a post office, or Shukuba (宿場), which were places where they used to rest during their trip across the country. These cities were created by freight transport policies by horse.
In the past, the city was relatively prosperous and cosmopolitan, but after the closure of the railway, the city fell into poverty. It was later renovated, and restored to its appearance as in the Edo Period, and is now a popular tourist destination.
The famous writer Shimazaki Toson, was born in Magome in 1872. In his novel Yoakemae he describes life in the area during the early years of the Meiji Restoration. Toson was born in the city's main Pousada, known as Honjin. Today the inn serves as a memorial to the artist. We also have Tsuchimaya Shiryokan a small restaurant and souvenir shop, which has a small museum focused on Toson.
Wakihonjin it was another inn in the city that has now become a museum. Inside, there are exhibitions referring to the history of Magome as a post-Nakasendo city. Shimizuya Shiryokan it is another museum that has wall rolls, ceramics, clothing and other goods that belonged to the residents of Magome.
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