Friday, 18 December 2015

Magome Juku: Gifu trip part one

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be able to tag along with my friend Caro's host father's trip to the area around Gifu Prefecture. We got to stay overnight and go to a load of places!

On the Saturday we went apple picking. After that,  we went to a town called Magome Juku in the Kiso Valley. It was a post town on the Nakasendo, (a route from Tokyo to Kyoto in the Edo period) and it is still full of  gorgeous old fashioned buildings.
The scenery there is also spectacular:
I think the mist added to the atmosphere of the town. 
We walked uphill through the town. There were a tonne of shops along the hill selling souvenirs and food, as you'd expect from a tourist destination.


We saw these fruits hanging in a few places, I think they were drying them.
Kasa hats! I so wanted to buy one, but how would I take it home? 

It was autumn (the maple leaves are falling off and dying now in December, sob) so all the hills were a mixture of brown, red and green. Japanese momiji (maple leaves) are definitely beautiful, guys. I have a tonne more posts from places in autumn, so feel free to stick around :)

Seriously, the buildings are so attractive there.


This was the view from the top of the town, definitely worth the walk up! 



You can get to Magome Juku by train and then a bus, or driving. I think it shouldn't be too much of a stretch to get there from Nagoya. There's also a hiking trail connecting some of the towns in the area, which sounds amazing. It was a lovely day and I'd definitely recommend going if you can.

Thanks for reading! 
-Amy xoxo

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