Magome is a super cute village in the Japanese Alps. It just has one street which guides you up the mountain.
You get there the easiest by bus from Tokyo. The trip takes around 3 hours. But please note: If you are traveling by public bus, the bus will leave you at the bus station which is around 1 km away from Magome. And the way is upwards! 😉
In the village itself there are just two guest houses. So better book your room on time.
We stayed in the Tajimaya Guesthouse.
The costs for one night were around 70 Euro per person. Actually way over our budget. But you got a lot for your money. Besides two private rooms (living room and sleeping room) a huge japanese dinner and breakfast were included in the price.
Moreover, every guest got offered house shoes, a tooth brush and a Yukata (traditional Japanese clothing for inside).
Of course, you can as well directly walk on after visiting Magome. But I can absolutely recommend you to stay until evening, when all the tourist groups have left and the village gets quiet.
Our highlight was the graveyard. Wow. You had this amazing view over Magome and the rice fields around. It just looked like painted. Breathtaking. And the best thing is, you don’t meet anyone. (Besides a fluffy white cat that lives there)
Hiking from Magome to Tsumago
The villages Magome and Tsumago are connected through a 8 km hiking way.
There is of course as well a bus, but if you have the chance you should definitely walk.
You can also let your luggage get delivered from the tourist info in Magome to the tourist info in Tsumago for 500 Yen (ca. 4 Euro).
And it is totally worth it. As most of the hiking trail is part of the forrest it is so comfortable walking around the big backpack.
Even though we had like 30 degrees the hiking wasn’t hardly exhausting. And 8 km is not really an amazingly long way. Thus, perfect for untrained wanderer like us 🙂
And the best thing is with a little luck your can take a glance on some wild snow monkeys as it happened to us. If you get unlucky you might meet a bear though. But they say it just happened just one time during the last years. Also there are bells everywhere along the hiking trail to keep bears away before you continue your way. But even though we missed some of those bells we haven’t been eaten by bears.
Tsumago is full of tourists. It is beautiful but anyway Magome was definitely our favorite with its tranquility and peacefulness.
From Tsumago you can either walk another four km to the next train station or take a bus.
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