The Nakasendo is an old highway between Tokyo and Kyoto along which there used to be many post towns. Among these is Magome, awarded a one-star rating by the Michelin Green Guide Japan.
Magome is relatively unique among the post towns throughout the country for being located on very precipitous terrain. It is said that the name Magome (written with "horse" and "basket") derives from the fact that travelers were forced to leave their horses at the inns because the road was too steep for horses to climb.
The cobblestone streets are lined with old, lattice-windowed residential houses, museums, tea houses, and souvenir shops on both sides, a scene that very much resembles how the post town looked in the Edo period hundreds of years ago.