Nightfall in rural Japan: Tsumago-juku, forty-second of the sixty-nine post towns on the ancient Nakasendō trail - Explored
Tsumago-juku, in some ways off the beaten path for first-time visitors yet quite popular among seasoned Japan-tourists and domestic visitors. It is a quiet little post town up in the Japanese Alps, one of the highlights of the somewhat famous Kiso Valley. What makes it special is the lovingly preserved Edo period architecture, the rustic traditional lodging, and the general quietness of the village. You can also hike the Nakasendo trail to Magome, a popular walk in these gorgeous hills.
Note that after sunset... everything in Tsumago village goes silent, and there isn't a meal to be gotten outside your ryokan, nor a bar to visit!