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Mar 31, 2019 - Soba Noodles & Barrier Station

A local bus took us to a former elementary school where they gave us instructions on making buckwheat soba noodles, a local specialty. With a lot of help from two experienced cooks we prepared and cut the noodles which were quickly boiled for our lunch. After lunch we first visited a Buddhist temple with a large rock garden a beautiful Japanese flower garden. Then we walked along the ancient road that ran through Kiso-Fukushima and visited a restored barrier station that controlled traffic on the road thousands of years ago. Movement...

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Mar 30, 2019 - Kiso-Fukushima

After an early checkout from our Tokyo hotel we headed to Tokyo station to board the express train (bullet train) to Nagoya. We passed by Mt. Fuji in the distance but it was unfortunately an overcast day so we didn't get to view Japan's most famous mountain. We took a local train from Nagoya to Otsumago and visited a wood block painting museum where Bill made a semi-beautiful wood block painting in a workshop at the museum. Before departing by bus for we walked to a local supermarket and bought lunch to eat on the way. Arriving at...

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Oct 7, 2009 - Nakasendo walking

In the Edo period (17th to early 19th century) most travel was on foot, and two famous routes were the Tokaido and the Nakasendo. The Nakasendo went through the Kiso Valley south of here, about 40 miles of narrow steep-sided valley amongst forested mountains, all very attractive. Three of the villages in the valley are preserved sort of like they were in Edo times, very attractive they are too, and not surprisingly, with many fine shopping and photo opportunities. It took a train and a bus to get to Magome, and then we walked on the old...

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