There is something about old historical places that drive me to simply admire them. The now history, written or unwritten and the remains left behind are indeed a true symbol that anything that is valued and preserved can stood even beyond time…
Japan to what we know now has lived a long long history even far longer than any civilization surrounding it. What I truly admire the most, and I bet everyone would agree is how much respect they have towards their roots by preserving it for the future generation.
In the high mountains of Gifu Prefecture, we went to a small town called Magome. Some old tales say that travelers usually spend their nights here upon their travel to the north side of the country, Hokkaido. That is why, the town folks has made their living through putting up some guest houses, food and drinking shops. I guess it’s safe to say that it’s a bed and breakfast town.
Fast forward to the present, although life in the village is not completely what it was but the family houses and even businesses have been handed down generation to generation and had kept everything as it is as much as possible.
Since the town is right located along the higher areas of the mountain, visitors have to carefully walked all the way up through the rocky pavement. Although going all the way up sounds like it could get a bit tiring, let me tell you that because of the countless shops (restaurants and souvenir) that you can visit for some stopover, you won’t even feel the you are literally climbing up a hill.
The town is already a magical place itself and having to go there in the peak of a beautiful season makes it even more mystic and classic. I have been to a couple of old towns across the country and each of them has never failed to entice me with their timeless beauty.