The view from the bus stop at Magome village is very nice. To the south is a large mountain and fields of farmland. One of the first structures you will see is the samurai styled watch tower shown below and after seeing that you get the feeling you are going to be treated with some nice authentic Japanese historical sights.
The signs point to Edo and Kyoto showing the direction of the old Nakasendo highway.
Above is where the highway starts after you get off the bus in Magome post town. The highway heads uphill through a cosy little village atmosphere.
There is a notice board in Magome post town too which was a propaganda device used by the shogun.
More on the hiking trail to Tsumago later.