A historic highway called Nakasendo runs from Shiojiri, located in the south of Matsumoto, toward Gifu Prefecture. Nakasendo is one of the highways developed to connect Kyoto and Edo (an old name for Tokyo) more than 400 years ago, and the part of the road that runs through this area is called Kisoji Road.
Kisoji Road has 11 rest stop towns in total along the road, one at about every 10km (6.2 miles). Among them, Narai-juku is designated as a National Important Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings where the old townscape still clearly remains.
Shops utilizing historic buildings stand along both sides of the road, and there is an arched bridge nearby called Kiso-no-Ohashi, making it an area fun to just walk around.
The history of Yabuhara Jinja dates back to the 600s.
It was brought from Kumano area, so it was first called Kumano-sha, Kumano-daigongen,...
At the enterance of the Kiso village, you will find a roadside station on route 19.
There is a farm stand and restaurant inside.
Italian restaurant in Ogiso, Kiso-mura village.
The owner couple trained themselves in Italy.
Handmade pasta and bread is also served.