Samegai Historic Nakasendo Post Town



Historic Gem Along the Nakasendo with the Spring Water

Located adjacent to the Jizo River’s gentle flow, Samegai once served as the 61st post town along the renowned Nakasendo trail during the Edo period. Even today, the streets retain an alluring ambiance reminiscent of bygone eras. During the summer, visitors are captivated by this charming riverside street. Here, crystal-clear spring water feeds the river, adorning it with the delicate white blossoms of plum-blossom algae, a unique sight found only in exceptionally clear water. With a rich tapestry of legends, this area holds a spiritual bond between Mount Ibuki’s water deity and pilgrims. The meticulously restored horse stable, which once provided porters and horses for passing daimyos and officials, stands as a testament to the historical significance of this post town. It’s a living heritage, connecting the sacred mountain, its pure spring waters, and the travelers who traversed the Nakasendo route.



9:30 am – 5:00 pm


Dec 3 – Jan 9


300 yen / adult, 150 yen / children under 13
*Special admission is required during the Plum Bonsai Exhibition


Cash only

6-50 Sanwachō, Nagahama, Shiga 526-0055, Japan