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Interesting old town

We drove to Naraijuku on a wet day after previously visiting Tsumago and Magome. It’s not a lot... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2017
Hong Kong
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Perfectly historic post town on the Nakasendo

This town is beautiful. It is less touristy and so friendly. Narai has great shopping for lacquer... read more

Reviewed 29 October 2017
Hobart, Australia
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“edo period” (7 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Narai, Shiojiri 399-6303, Nagano Prefecture
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Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

We drove to Naraijuku on a wet day after previously visiting Tsumago and Magome. It’s not a lot different to the other old postal towns except that there are cars here driving through the street, thereby losing some of its authenticity. There is a temple...More

Thank YappsHK
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

This town is beautiful. It is less touristy and so friendly. Narai has great shopping for lacquer ware and craft as well as delicious eateries. Walking the Tori pass from Narai was also a highlight.

Thank Karenag42
Reviewed 9 September 2017

this is an old post town and there are a lot of nice shops where you can get handcraft items and souvenirs. Worth a visit. If you come by car : parking is very difficult to find. The main street is for pedestrians only and...More

Thank StefanS71
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

We stayed a night at Echigoya Ryokan and enjoyed the quietness of the old town. It is one street of quaint old buildings of shops (mainly cottage industry) that can be covered in half a day. Well worth a visit if you are in the...More

Thank TravellerfromSIN
Reviewed 18 August 2017

It took us about 1.5 hours to reach Narai from Nagoya on our rented car. Quite easy to access with our phone's google maps aps. The drive took us through beautiful valleys and on the way we could see the Japan Alps..We were there during...More

Thank Foong_13
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

Beautiful town with old Japanese style buildings. Lots of cafes, souvenir shops (quite classy though, not tacky at all) and places to stay. I really enjoyed staying here for the night before starting my nakasendo trail walk the next day. The Main Street is about...More

Thank emma C
Reviewed 1 June 2017 via mobile

Narai-juku was very quiet the morning we arrived from Matsumoto. The old post town provided a pleasant walk through about a kilometre of well preserved buildings. We also paid to enter the original administrative building for this post station during the Edo period, which like...More

Thank Platoinsingapore
Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

Narai-juku is one of the largest, and most accessible of the villages along the Nakasendo, being directly outside Narai Station on the JR Chuo line between Matsumoto and Nagoya. The 1.2km long village gives a good idea of what the Nakasendo looked and felt like...More

1  Thank J00lsC
Reviewed 9 May 2017

Beautiful very long old town street. The best of the 3 old towns of the Kiso-Valley !!! I have been many times to the Kiso-valley. This is (Narai) my favorite, from the 3 major preserved old towns (Magome, Tsumago and Naria). One very long street,...More

2  Thank Shlomi T
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

The atmosphere of Japanese village is preserved well, and you can feel the history of prosperity as a station town. If you are interested in Japanese geographic, city design, history and architecture, it is worth visiting. You can walk through and quickly see the place...More

1  Thank 兵庫けんさん
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Response from Tony P | Reviewed this property |
We had lunch in a small restaurant between Magome and Tsumago. It was pretty good actually, with noodles and rice dishes. The restaurant offered horse meat, served like a tataki. But you could also take snacks along the 3... More