The Kiso Valley heads into the mountains northeast of Nagoya towards Nagano. The Nakasendo Trail heads up this valley - the old mountain road from Kyoto to Tokyo. A number of historic post towns are located here, giving a glimpse into life as it was hundreds of years ago.
Japan's soul is in Kyoto. It's a city rich in history, yet modern. If you love gardens, art, history, beauty, and depth of character you'll find it all in Kyoto.