When visiting the stage-town Tsumago, you had better go to Ootsumago, a small town on the steep slope of the deep ravine-side. The town is at the entrance to Magome-Toge pass, 1.5 kilometers southward from Tsumago. You must feel comfortable, finding a Japanese historic home town.
Starting from Omata, the south end of Tsumago town and walking over Araragi bridge, you will get into the Prefectural road 7. Then come into a narrow path, you would already get to be in Ootsumago town. In Japanese Tsumago means a deep end of the ravine and Ootsumago means the deepest end of it.
It is a very tiny town, where the old houses from Edo period have been conserved. ⇒Walking Map along Magome-Toge
▲The houses along the path near from Pref. road
I would like to recommend to walk around four zones mentioned below.
1) the zone near Kongoya and Naraya, where introduced this page.
2) the neighborhood around Maruya inn.
3) the zone near the old house of the Fujiwaras, 600 meters on upward-way from Maruya.
4) Shinmei zone, 100 meters northeastward from Kongoya.
I visited there on mid March, when the winter air was lasting.
▲The houses on ta steep slope of the ravine, from the brook-side of Otarugawa