Finally got out of Tokyo city and made my way to a different kind of Japan. My first stop was Narai-juku, the 34th out of 69 post town along the Nakasendo trail. This post town had most of the buildings from the Edo period preserved and was historically known for their craftsmen in woodworking - which is why you can find quite a number of shops selling their lacquered wood stuff a lot the stretch.
Narai-juku, one of Japan's Nationally Designated Architectural Preservation Sites. The buildings have been kept much like they originally were in the Edo period...Do visit if you wish to experience a serious time travel feeling!! 奈良井宿に行って来ました。江戸時代からの建物がずらり。備え付けの傘置きや格子戸の美しさ。妻籠ほど混んでいないし、おススメです！