This monument was built in memory of Shimazaki Toson.
Masaoka Shiki’s haiku monument stands by the highway which traverses the mountain pass.
“Oh white clouds: Fresh young green leaves decorate my long path”
This 790-meter-high mountain pass sits on the border of Nagiso Town and Nakatsugawa City.
There is a monument at the highest point of the pass, looking over the Tono Basin as it spreads before your eyes.
You can see Mt. Ena to the left.
からIchikokutochi Shirakiaratame Bansho (Checkpoint) Ruins
|Shirakiaratame Bansho (checkpoint) in Tsumago Post Town is where government agents controlled the shipment of timber and woodworks. It was originally established in Kudaritani and then later relocated to Ichikokutochi near Magome Pass where it controlled the illegal shipment of Kiso's Five Trees (hinoki cypress, sawara cypress, hiba arborvitae, podocarpus, and thuja standishii) until 1869.|
There is Tateba Chaya (teahouse) ruin, which once served as a rest area between lodgings.
The museum is located in the middle of Magome Post Town that serves as the southern entrance to the Kisoji road. This is the birthplace of renowned novelist Toson Shimazaki, and also where the ruins of the Magome Post Town Honjin (inn for government officials) is located. Toson was born in 1872 as the fourth child of the Shimazaki family who served as the village's headman also owning a honjin and wholesaler. He grew up in the Mogome Post Town Honjin until he moved to Tokyo at the age of 9. The museum exhibits the original manuscript of his famous novel, “Yoake-mae”; letters and other documents; and “Daikoku-ya Nikki (diary)” which he used as a reference for his novels.
Magome Post Town is home to a number of other attractions, including the Wakihonjin Museum.
|Nagiso Town Tourism Association|
2196-1 Azuma, Nagiso, Kiso-gun, Nagano, 399-5302 Japan
Phone: 0264-57-2727 Fax: 0264-57-4036
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