Japanese culture remains deep in Oiwake

The Oiwake Area is best known for the once-thriving Oikwakejuku Post, which signaled the diverging point between the Nakasendo Way and Kitaguni-kaido Way in the Edo Period. Since many authors and poets visited here, it is well-known as a villa area where authors interacted with each other.

Feel the quaint buildings and humanity

Oiwakejuku Post is the 20th post of 69 on the Nakasendo Way from Tokyo to Kyoto. Kitaguni-kaido Way and Nakasendo Way separate here, which is the reason this area started to be called Oiwake (meaning a fork in the road). The sightseeing spots in this area include historic hotels, Asama Shrine and Hori Tatsuo Museum of Literature.