Take a step back in time in Tsumago, where the atmosphere of the Edo period endures, and modern life’s stresses and strains can be put to one side. The 42nd of the 69 post towns on the legendary Nakasendo route, Tsumago is the best preserved of all, a place where cars are prohibited on the streets during daylight hours, and where great lengths have been taken to ensure that telephone lines and power cables are concealed, adding to the illusion that this is a place from another age.
The town itself is small — you can walk from one end to the other in a little over 15 minutes — but for all that it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in spirit. Life is simple here and the peace and quiet is something to savour. Take our advice — take a trip to Tsumago and take that step back in time.