catch the boat from near the Ena Grand Hotel, its just down the zig zag hill, the boats leave every hour on the weekend, the trip is about 30 mins, from memory about 1,000 yen(ten dollers) its a great way to appreciate the untouched waterways , rock ledges, scenery..
really liked it. a must do activity..
From Nakatsugawa Station of JR, there are 14 buses every day to Magome. 540 yen (as of 2006)
In a bus, you can buy a "Magome Setto Ken", which is a discount ticket for a round trip and Toson Kinenkan admission.
im sorry i cant give you specific details on the exact road to use, but if you want a sublime view, ask for directions to Nakatsugawa University(there is only one)) keep on following the bending main road up the mountain past the university, the road is quite narrow, and takes about 15-20 mins, once on top of the mountain you will find a magnificent lake, hard to imagine a huge lake on top of a giant mountain, but there is, you can rent row boats, take a walk around the track next to the lake, or just sit back on the grass and engoy the totally relaxed atmosphere, the air (as in all parts of nakatsugawa)) is really fresh and clean..
hightly suggest taking an hour and doing this little adventure
Nakatsugawa" not one of the best known places in japan, especially for a international traveller.. After more than 30 trips to japan i had never even heard of the place*
After my girlfriend invited me to visit her family home there i was lucky enough to spend 2 months there..wow, the first few weeks were pretty boring, but then the place grew on me..
Situated at the base of mountains, well linked to Nagoya via train, its even only a few hours to Tokyo on the JR highway bus..the city can seem isolated but it really is not
The organic food there, the slow pace of the people, the small rivers, abundance of cafe"s ? restaurants its just great
If you want to get away, go to Nakatsugawa..also Ena next suburb is a nice place to shop, big electronics store, fashion shops that are affordable, its lovely
Be careful though ,, you may never wish to leave!!
Fondest memory: the incredible Mountain views