Part of one of the five highways during the Edo Period (1603-1868), it’s an inn town located between Kyoto and Edo (Tokyo) in the middle of the Nakasendo. It is one of Japan’s 4 largest checkpoint stations and thus it flourished as a political and economic center in the Kiso Valley. The houses lined up with distinct shop faces on the banks of the Kisogawa River is a scene straight out of Japan’s distant past.
This region, including the Fukushima Barrier that has been restored, has a variety of attractions including the Kanuntei dry landscape garden that does not use trees or grass inside of the Kouzen-ji temple, as well as the barrier keeper’s mansion, so you can enjoy some unique historical sites as you’re walking the streets in the good old city.
Take the JR Chuo Line to Kisofukushima Station (木曽福島駅and then walk 25 minutes. By car, take the Chuo Expressway to Ina IC (伊那) and from there it’s 40 minutes, or Nakatsugawa IC and it’s 80 minutes from there (中津川).
Image Gallery: Fukushima-juku
Fukushima, Kiso, Kiso District, Nagano Prefecture
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 0264-22-4000|
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|Recommended target||Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|