10 Best Old Townscape In Japan

10 Best Old Townscape In Japan. Walk historic trade route to glimpse the Japan of a bygone era. Open an atmospheric time capsule of life in feudal era Japan. A traditional Edo town with a charming atmosphere.

Best Old Townscape In Japan: Nakasendo

10 Best Old Townscape In Japan
Walk historic trade route to glimpse the Japan of a bygone era
Connecting Tokyo and Kyoto during the Edo period (1603-1867), the best-preserved portion of the Nakasendo Trail, a picturesque 'road through the mountains', runs through the Kiso Valley in southwestern Nagano Prefecture. Wander the trail and stop at one of its 'post towns', resting stops for fatigued travelers, to glimpse Japan as it was in the past.

Best Old Townscape In Japan: Sanmachi Historic District

10 Best Old Townscape In Japan
Open an atmospheric time capsule of life in feudal era Japan
Takayama was once a bustling hub drawing expert artisans, farmers and merchants from throughout the surrounding area, and Sanmachi preserves this legacy. Enter this district and you step into the closest thing to the Edo era outside of a period drama.

Best Old Townscape In Japan: Ouchi-juku

10 Best Old Townscape In Japan
A traditional Edo town with a charming atmosphere
During the Edo period (1603-1868) Ouchi-Juku was a post town that served travelers. Many of the buildings have been preserved from this time, providing visitors with an authentic time travel experience to one of Japan’s most culturally rich periods.

Best Old Townscape In Japan: Hita

10 Best Old Townscape In Japan
An area known as Little Kyoto because of its historic streets

Best Old Townscape In Japan: Shirakawa-go

10 Best Old Townscape In Japan
Stay in a traditional home built without nails, and sample Japan's version of moonshine
In the shadow of Mt. Hakusan, Shirakawa-go is rightly famous as one of Gifu’s must-visit destinations. Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, this beautiful traditional village is undoubtedly the definition of picture postcard perfect.

Best Old Townscape In Japan: Yokaichi & Gokoku Preservation Districts

10 Best Old Townscape In Japan
Wander through rejuvenated and peaceful streets
The Yokaichi and Gokoku areas of Uchiko have been painstakingly preserved so that they can be enjoyed to this day. The Preservation Center details this loving yet vigilant process.

Best Old Townscape In Japan: Hanatoro

10 Best Old Townscape In Japan
Paths of light make magic in Higashiyama, with live performances intensifying the magic
In March, Kyoto's already stunning Higashiyama district takes on another aspect entirely during an event called Hanatoro, illuminated by over 2,400 lanterns that line the city streets and paths through temples, shrines and other sites in a welcome to spring.

Many temples, shrines and shops stay open past their usual hours for this nine-day celebration, and a stage in Kodaiji Temple Park hosts live performances throughout the event.

Best Old Townscape In Japan: Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

10 Best Old Townscape In Japan
Relive Japan's past in this historical quarter
The Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, also referred to as the Bikan area, was once the political and commercial center of Kurashiki. Now preserved as an historical district, it's no less busy, with many former storehouses converted into specialty stores, museums and cafes.

Best Old Townscape In Japan: Sawara

10 Best Old Townscape In Japan
Step Back in Time
One of the best places to experience Japanese history in the Kanto region is Sawara, also known as "Ko-Edo" (Little Edo). What you'll find here is the atmosphere of Japan's Edo Period with its old buildings, traditional crafts, and living history.

Best Old Townscape In Japan: Suganuma Village

10 Best Old Townscape In Japan
The Scenic Gateway to Gokayama
A smaller scale version of the Ainokura experience, Suganuma shares its neighbour’s mountainside setting and rich historical background. The compact nature of the village also makes it easy to see some key features of Gokyama in a short time.

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