Tucked into mountains, just within reach of the clouds - if not enveloped by them - is the Edo period post town, Magome-juku. The old route between it and Tsumago-juku has attracted a lot of hikers, so naturally there were lots of restaurants in Magome to take care of the hungry after three grueling hours ascending and descending the mountain between the towns.
We spent two days between the two towns. The first day, this soba noodle shop was closed (the hanging sign says as much) but the next day it's full menu was hung (swipe to see) from each rice paddle. I asked our friend from Japan what the stickers on the wood frame were for. They were all over the two towns on shrines just off the walkways, information signs, hiking shelters, and the odd restraunt. He said they're called senjafuda, rice papers which bear the names of the visitors who placed them. They were to mark a visit on a shrine pilgrimage, but otherwise seemed to function as a way to say "I was here." Much like posting to Instagram is a way to say, and show, "I was here."