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  1. Andrea on Vacation
    December 13, 2016 @ 12:51 am

    Wow! Your photos are amazing! I stayed at a similar guesthouse in Koyasan and loved the simple rooms and delicious meals. I’ve actually never heard of the walk but I loved Japan so much I’m definitely going to head back someday.
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    • Travel Lexx
      February 2, 2017 @ 7:23 pm

      Koyasan is on my list of posts to do! I loved exploring its temples and the Okunoin cemetery! It was fantastic! So cool that you got to stay there! I did it as a very long day trip

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  2. Stephanie (1AdventureTraveler)
    December 16, 2016 @ 2:03 pm

    What a wonderful adventure you had in Magome, Nakasendo. The views were amazing with the stunning photos. Loved the old stone pavement through town and the best seems when the visitors left and you had the streets to yourself. The key seems to spend the night at the Magomechaya Guesthouse with a traditional dinner that looked amazing. Great details on how to make this trip. I pinned this for my next visit to Japan. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    • Travel Lexx
      December 20, 2016 @ 11:36 am

      Thanks Stephanie. The time seemed to stand still there – especially when the tourists headed home! Definitely recommend and it’s not as difficult to get to as it may first seem!

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  3. Trippin' Turpins (Kelly)
    December 17, 2016 @ 7:00 am

    This is the Japan I want to experience! It looks just beautiful! Great photos and your meal looks amazing. That is just one other thing I really can’t wait to explore when I get to Japan – their food! I just love it…. and I don’t think I have eaten horse meat yet!

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    • Travel Lexx
      December 20, 2016 @ 11:37 am

      Horse meat was actually one of the highlights of the meal – very tasty! The food in Japan is absolutely fantastic and one of the main reasons I wanted to visit! Thanks Kelly!

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  4. Simona Barbu
    December 17, 2016 @ 8:56 am

    I enjoyed your article! It made me feel like in a book of Murakami. Everything looks so peaceful, disciplined and beautiful. PS: the food looks delicious!
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    • Travel Lexx
      February 2, 2017 @ 7:21 pm

      If the weather was warmer, I would have loved to read some Murakami somewhere along this walk! The food was amazing!

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  5. Angie (FeetDoTravel)
    December 17, 2016 @ 2:08 pm

    What a fabulous place you discovered in Magome! When we visit Japan, I want to get into the Countryside and away from the tourists and I want to experience “true” Japan – I definitely think I would get this visiting here. I love the stone pathway and the wooden houses, and I too would probably have visions of samurai, geisha girls and ancient Japanese culture. I love the tourist information office and the fact there is nothing to do at night except enjoy the peace and quiet. Pinned for when we travel to Japan! #feetdotravel

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    • Travel Lexx
      February 2, 2017 @ 7:18 pm

      Angie, this definitely would fit the bill! I could almost hear voices of people walking along the road! Would recommend this to anyone!

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  6. Garth
    December 17, 2016 @ 7:31 pm

    OMG I would love to do this! Everything about this trip you did looks incredible from having the place to yourself, the scenery and the food!! I remember watching Joanna Lumley recently on TV when she visited Magome and thinking how beautiful it was. Very jealous you’ve been too! I will pin this, as I’m almost certain we will return to Japan, and try the autumn like you did.
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    • Travel Lexx
      February 2, 2017 @ 7:17 pm

      Garth, you guys should definitely head there in the autumn – while the autumn colours in the rest of Japan are just beginning to show, they are so beautiful here at this time of year! Definitely recommend this area!

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  7. Oana
    December 18, 2016 @ 11:29 am

    Amazing post, I love places that are not so touristy. The landscape was peaceful and stunning I wish I can get there myself soon to have a hike like this. Thanks for showing us this lovely place.

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    • Travel Lexx
      February 2, 2017 @ 7:15 pm

      If you do find yourself in Japan soon, feel free to give me a shout if you have any questions! This part of Japan is great to explore!

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  8. Jenn
    December 18, 2016 @ 2:43 pm

    This sounds like a great adventure! I love that you got to see everything ranging from beautiful foliage in the countryside to the peaceful setting of the small town, all without upsetting the Gods at their temple! The views also look incredible and I love the rich colors of everything from the guesthouse to the food. This looks like a great opportunity to see the other side of Japan!

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    • Travel Lexx
      February 2, 2017 @ 7:14 pm

      It’s definitely a side of Japan that more people should see – I loved how peaceful it was!

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  9. Paul and Carole
    December 18, 2016 @ 5:14 pm

    Japan is so on our to do list. Such a beautiful and interesting place and your post is really informative. Have pinned for future reference. #feetdotravel

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  10. Elisabeth Caraballo
    December 18, 2016 @ 11:26 pm

    I really enjoyed reading your post. Seems like a really cool place. I love the photos too! There were so many amazing views! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  11. Tracy
    December 19, 2016 @ 8:53 am

    It looks like an amazing place to visit and your photographs are beautiful.
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  12. Lisa
    December 19, 2016 @ 1:15 pm

    Love this post! This would be right up my travel alley for sure. So cool to hike on trails of history. The fact that is doesn’t seem to bombarded with tourists is another plus.

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    • Travel Lexx
      February 2, 2017 @ 7:12 pm

      Lisa, yeah you would definitely love this trail! I think it can get a bit busier in the peak season but I was surprised how few people I saw on the way!

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  13. ThriftyTrails
    December 19, 2016 @ 6:08 pm

    Stone Pavement of Ochiai looks so peaceful! I haven’t heard of this town until now. How long would you recommend staying in the area? Did you have the option to choose a meal set? I’m wondering in case someone doesn’t eat seafood or if someone is a vegetarian. Your photos really helped convince me that I would enjoy a trip to Magome.

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    • Travel Lexx
      February 2, 2017 @ 7:12 pm

      I stayed only one night but I arrived early afternoon one day and left around late afternoon/evening the following day. That’s plenty of time for a couple of hikes as well as exploring the surrounding areas – however I do walk very fast! I wasn’t asked about choice of food but you can specify if you are allergic to something or don’t eat certain types of food and they were very accommodating to those requests!

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  14. SamH Travels
    December 23, 2016 @ 6:56 pm

    I really enjoyed this post. Finding places which are off the tourist trail are very special and it looks like you found a great spot. The stone pavement of Ochiai looked very special and somewhere I would like to walk. Thank you for sharing you wonderful trip and photos 🙂

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  15. Kreete
    December 27, 2016 @ 5:54 am

    This sounds like the best way to get to know the local culture. Just head off to the country, discover the local food and hike the empty historical roads. With every post about Japan, I feel the feet getting itchy wanting to go and discover those places myself. Thank you for taking me on a tour!
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    • Travel Lexx
      February 2, 2017 @ 6:56 pm

      You should totally go – especially as you are not that far away now! Heading deep into the country and finding out more about its history and culture goes a long way to “getting” it!

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  16. David (Travelsewhere)
    January 13, 2017 @ 4:38 pm

    Magome looks so charming and walking along the path of Ochiai must have been quite an experience. Magome is definitely going on my list of places for Japan and I imagine I’d get a real kick out of doing the hike you went on. You just keep building up my desire to head to Japan!

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    • Travel Lexx
      February 2, 2017 @ 6:12 pm

      You’ve gotta do it! This is definitely a great walk and I don’t think it’s even busy in peak season as it’s in the opposite direction to the famous Magome-Tsumago hike!

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