Matsumoto Northern Alps Area 奈良井宿
The well-preserved Narai-juku post town marks the midpoint of the old Nakasendo Road, the Edo-era path connecting Kyoto with old Tokyo. One of the most prosperous post towns, Narai’s wooden buildings stretch for over 1 km, hence its nickname “Narai of a Thousand Houses”. Two of the former residences are open to the public, and others are accessible as restaurants, minshuku lodges and souvenir shops (many featuring the area’s trademark lacquerware).
For lovers of Edo-period wooden architecture, Narai-Juku will make you feel like you’ve gone back in time.
Shiojiri City Tourist Association
Businesses and museums close earlier and more often in the winter. Lacquerware Festival: first weekend of June
Walking the post town is free.
Location / Access
Narai, Shiojiri City
- By Train:
- Just a hop, skip, and jump from Narai Station (JR Chuo Line)
- By Car:
- 30 km / 40 min from Shiojiri IC
23 km / 30 min from Ina IC
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