Day 3 - Nakasendo Trail - Japan 2019

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Day 3 - The Nakasendo Trail, Magome to Tsumago
In total contrast to Saturday, Sunday dawned with clear skies. We took the coach to our starting point, Magome, where we bought lunch to eat later. It was a beautiful day for quite a long walk, which we took at a moderate pace.

The Nakasendo Trail was one of the two major routes from Kyoto to Edo (Tokyo). It was heavily used by large Daimyo's retinues as well as merchants and monks. (Ordinary people would probably never have left their town or village). Post towns were established at intervals, large enough to provide overnight accommodation for travellers befitting their station. Magome was one of these towns and we walked to the next one, Tsumago.
The morning view from the hotel.
A beautiful day
The start of the walk, through Magome.
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A view point just outside Magome.
Panoramic view.
Spider
Dr Stephen Turnbull and a spider. (Not to scale).
Dr Stephen Turnbull
Along the trail.
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Stones and a shrine along the trail.
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An advantage of all the rain was that rivers and waterfalls were full.
Waterfall
Waterfall
An unexpected find. (It wasn't me that picked it up).
Preying Mantis
Preying Mantis
Tsumago
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Text and photos copyright John Haines 2015-19.
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