Day 2

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2.1 Fukushima Post Town (Fukushima-juku)

I slept very well. Neither NC nor I could remember even getting into our futons. I woke up at 8:00am to the phone ringing. The restaurant staff were letting us know that our breakfast was ready. I had asked reception for the latest possible time slot for brekkie. The breakfast was also extravagant. The meal … Continue reading

2.2 Fukushima-Yabuhara

Looking north from Fukushima’s sekisho site As we had no need to be granted pass through the sekisho, we looked over and left the town of packed buildings on both sides of the river-bank behind us in the slightly crisp but fresh autumn air of Kiso valley. There is a massive recently constructed steel “sekisho” … Continue reading

2.3 Yabuhara-Narai

We left Yabuhara Station via an underground walkway (a narrow slope was built into stairs wide enough to allow a person to push a bike), which brought us to the other side of the train tracks. From there we entered Yabuhara post town. During the Warring States period (circa 1467-1568), Yabuhara was one of 11 … Continue reading

2.4 Narai Post Town (Narai-juku)

Shizume Shrine From the carpark in Narai we crossed the train crossing entering the outskirts of the Kyoto side of the post town. To begin with we headed to Shizume Shrine on the edge of the Kyoto side. Just like it is reported travelers from long ago did, we looked back at the village from … Continue reading

2.5 Narai-Seba

Chilled air woke us up when we stepped outside of Kokorone Our sleepiness was blown away with the cold air that greeted us as we stepped out of the restaurant. I have found a strange phenomenon occurs when people have full stomachs. While we were looking at souvenirs in the souvenir store across from the … Continue reading

2.6 Seba-Shiojiri Station

Nakasendo leveled off as we got closer to Seba Seba is the 31st post town from Edo and was the last post town we were to pass through on our journey. Most of the buildings in this town were also burnt in a large fire in 1932. There is also the possibility that widening of … Continue reading