Tsumago, Nagano

Nakasendo

Nakasendo

Nakasendo is an old trail constructed 400 years ago by the Tokugawa Shogunate as one of the major routes between Edo (Tokyo now) and Kyoto. When Tokugawa placed the shogunate in Edo, they started a new big policy called Sankin-kotai which means all the 250 Daimyos (feudal lords) had to come to Edo every other year to show loyalty to shogun. To operate this policy, shogunate needed to construct the roads from all over Japan to Edo.