Tsumago Post Town
Both Tsumago and the also famous Magome served as post stations located on the Nakasendo Route, which is one of the five routes that connected Edo and other larger and smaller towns in the Edo Period. The Nakasendo linked Edo and Kyoto through the inland area and had 69 post stations in total. Tsumago was the 42nd station while Magome was the 43rd, adjacent to the Kisoji Route that is surrounded by picturesque mountains and forests.
Especially noteworthy areas in Tsumago are the post office, the Terashita townscape, Koi-iwa (carp rock), Shimosagaya, and Hayashi’s Residence.
Tsumago still has permanent residents who live by the following rules: don’t sell, don’t lend, and don’t destroy. Because of this, the residents make sure that future generations can still enjoy the preserved Edo spirit.