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Nakasendo trek

  • JOAN NAMKOONG / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
    Japan’s Nakasendo Road once was an important link between Tokyo and Kyoto. Parts of the road remain intact, meandering through central Japan. Some sections are asphalt, others paved in stone.
  • JOAN NAMKOONG / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
    The Nakasendo Road passes by rice fields as well as farms growing daikon, won bok and other crops.
  • JOAN NAMKOONG / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
    A view of Japan’s central mountains from the path.
  • JOAN NAMKOONG / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
    Stone “jizo” are often placed at crossroads to provide spiritual guidance to travelers.
  • JOAN NAMKOONG / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
    A view of Japan’s central mountains from the path.
  • JOAN NAMKOONG / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
    A water wheel outside the town of Magome.

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