From Tokyo, it's time to head to Magome, the Old Post town.
From Magome, you can enjoy a beautiful hiking trail to the nearby town of Tsumago, an even more immaculately preserved post-town. These two towns are part of a longer trail that stretched between Tokyo and Kyoto (way before the days where bullet trains could do this route in a couple of hours!) and so travellers often stopped in these places. In keeping with this theme, your stay tonight will be in a ryokan in the grounds of a temple.
Travel to Nakatsugawa via Nagoya by Shinkansen Hikari and JR limited express train Hida.
(This takes three hours and trains depart every hour)
From there take a local bus to Magome (30 minutes).
(Accommodation: Manpukuan *Eishoji temple)