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  • National Treasure Matsumoto Castle
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    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Marunouchi 4-1
    "Matsumoto Castle is said to feature Japan's oldest surviving five-storied six-floor pagoda. It is one of the few castles designated as a National Treasure, and maintains the image of the past. The black and white contrast of the castle rising amid the Alps in the background is beautiful, and the castle has become a symbol of Matsumoto City. In addition to the castle facilities of the Sengoku period, such as the stone drops meant to rebuff invaders, or samurai windows or the gun slits, there are exhibits such as the ""Matsumoto Castle Gunhouse"" centered around matchlock guns, and artifacts unearthed during the ninomaru palace excavation performed from 1979-1984. In the precinct, you'd do well to see the black gate with eave roof tiles marked with the family crests of historical castle lords, or the taiko gate which was restored in 1999."

    one of the oldest castles in Japan. you can see the reflection of the castle in the clear water. The red bridge gives it more color.

  • Nakamura Residence
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    Nagano Pref. Shiojirishi Narai 311
    The wood manufacturing industries such as comb manufacturing and lacquerware flourished in Narai-juku during the Edo period. The “Nakamura Residence”, which was the residence of Nakamura Rihei who ran a comb wholesalers in Narai-juku is a typical Narai-juku merchant’s style building with the feature of the second floor slightly jutting out (overhanging beam structure). It has been registered as a Tangible Cultural Property of Shiojiri City, and the residence is open to the public as a museum.

    塗櫛問屋を営んでいた中村家の住宅で、1840年頃の築。この民家の保存をきっかけに奈良井宿の保存が始まったとのこと。現在は資料館として公開されている。入館料は300円。 二階は出粱造りによりベランダ状になっており、格子の隙間から通りを見ることができる。1階の屋根(鎧庇)を押さえる木材は、見る角度によっては猿の頭が並んでいるように見えることから「猿頭」と呼ばれるとのこと。取り外した猿頭が室内に置かれ...

  • Kyu Mikasa Hotel
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    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa 1339-342
    A historic building located in Karuizawa Town. This hotel was built by the industrialist Naoyoshi Yamamoto in 1906. Purely Western in design, the interior is decorated with accoutrements that were both cutting edge and of the highest class at the time, including a chandelier with electric lights and a carpet made in England. Prominent men such as Eiichi Shibusawa, Fumimaro Konoe, and Takeo Arishima once stayed here at what was called “the Rokumeikan of Karuizawa,” a name which alludes to the cultural cachet of the hotel. The hotel remained in operation until the 1970 and was designated a national Important Cultural Property in 1980.

    Not for everyone. Old hotel converted into a museum. Good for history lovers. Not kid-friendly. Off the beaten path.

  • The Former Kaichi School building
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    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Kaichi 2-4-12
    This elementary school opened in 1873 as the Dai-ni Daigaku-ku Dai-ichiban Shogaku Kaichi Gakko. The current structure was built in 1876, and approximately 70% of the construction expenses were funded by donations from the townspeople. It is a representative structure of Giyofu Kenchiku (imitation of Western-style architecture) and inside are displays of materials that give the visitor an impression of what it looked like back then.

    This is a very interesting historical site in terms of the education system and how it developed in Japan. The architecture is also very unique. The building is in great condition, with beautiful...

  • Sanada House
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    Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Matsushiromachi Matsushiro 1
    This was built for the mother-in-law of ninth generation Matsushiro domain lord Yukinori Sanada towards the end of the Edo period. From the Meiji period it became a private residence of the Sanda family, and in 1966 it was transferred along with heirlooms to the care of Nagano City. It is a court construction with a main building, front gate, seven storehouses and garden, and one can enjoy the charms of the four seasons from within. Paper cutting and koto performances are held in the third storehouse.

    This will give you an idea of how the gentry lived in Japan during the Edo period . It is well maintained, and the centerpiece of a number of historical sites, including some castle ruins. There are...

  • Narai-juku (post town)
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    Nagano Pref. Shiojirishi Narai
    Long ago, the Nakasendo was an important highway connecting Edo and Kyoto, and many travelers stopped at the post town of Narai-juku before or after crossing the Torii Pass following this route. The post town once prospered due to the many people moving along the highway, and the town was even described as “Narai Sen-ken” (1,000 buildings of Narai). Narai was quite large, and divided into three districts—uptown, midtown, and downtown, and today the townscape remains mostly unchanged from its heyday. In 1978, the post town was designated an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings.
  • Honjin Iwanami House
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    Nagano Pref. Suwagunshimosuwamachi Yokomachi 3492
    The Honjin Iwanami House is a historical building that served as the official residence of a feudal lord and was located in the post town of Shimosuwa-shuku, where two of the “Five Highways,” the Nakasendo and the Koshu Road, intersected. It is said that many notable people, including great lords traveling due to the “alternate attendance” system, Imperial Princess Kazunomiya, Emperor Meiji, and others lodged here. The main areas preserve many of the articles from that time and are open to the public. There is also a gorgeous landscape stone garden that is said to have been the most beautiful garden along the Nakasendo.
  • Suzaka City Fureaikan Mayugura
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    Nagano Pref. Suzakashi Suzaka 387-2
    Suzaka flourished as a center of silk production, and this historic three-story building is a precious part of that legacy. It was used to store cocoons from which raw silk was obtained, and was eventually transferred to its present location due to city planning. The first floor and stair landing feature an exhibition space and rest area. It’s an eight-minute walk from Suzaka Station on the Nagano Line.

    蔵の町須坂にある無料の観光スポットです。明治時代の繭蔵を曳家移転したもので、当時の道具などが展示されています。休憩スペースもあり、お茶や漬物のもてなしもあります。

  • Kyuodagirikajutaku
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    Nagano Pref. Suzakashi Suzaka 423-1

    Very interesting. Old Japanese house, turned museum. Have a cafeteria as well. Was built around 150 years ago. This is a very interesting house, especially the part with the blue ceramic...

  • Wakihonjin Okuya
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    Nagano Pref. Kisogunnagisomachi Aduma 2190
    This is one of the facilities of the Nagiso Town Museum located 10 minutes away by bus or taxi from JR Nagiso Station in Nagano Prefecture. This building was built in 1877 using plenty of hinoki (Japanese cypress) wood that had been forbidden to use., and served as an inn and warehouse throughout the generations. It is also where Yufusan, Shimazaki Toson’s first love, came to live after her marriage. It became a nationally-designated Important Cultural Property in 2001. The museum is composed together with Tsumago-juku Honjin and a historical museum, and you can tour them both with a common ticket.

    the docent here gave us tons of info on the traditional Japanese post Inn and the way of life here in the Edo period. Lots of info in English in the attached museum as well. we really appreciated...

  • Honjin (Tsumago Juku)
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    Nagano Pref. Kisogunnagisomachi Aduma
    Restored in 1995, Honjin served as lodging for feudal lords passing through. The Shimazaki family oversaw it starting with the establishment of the post town system and acted as village leaders as well until the Meiji Period (1868-1912) when it was demolished. The final owner was Shimazaki Toson’s older brother Hirosuke. Also, their mother was born there. The Honjin you see today was restored based on pictures from the Shimazaki family collection. When you visit, you’ll see models of even earlier versions of the building, and there’s a traditional irori hearth that they light every day. You can visit the Honjin, Wakihonjin Okuya, and Nagiso (town) Museum of History with a single ticket.
  • Kamisagaya
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    Nagano Pref. Kisogunnagisomachi Aduma Wife Hostel
    This building is in Tsumago-juku, a nationally Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings. It's approximately 30 minutes by car from Nakatsugawa Interchange. When the building was refurbished in 1969, it became apparent that it had been an inexpensive lodging house during the Edo period. With features like the traditional irori hearth still intact, it has an atmosphere of times past and gives you a sense of what traveler inns used to be like. A dirt floor occupies the middle of the building, and it has an interesting layout where guest rooms are lined up on the left and right.
  • Former Catholic Church Priest House
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    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Kaichi 2-6-24
    "A historic building located close to Kaichi Park in Kaichi, Matsumoto City. The purely Western-style home was built by French priest Clement Lemoine in 1889. The building is where Japan's first Japanese-French dictionary, the ""Dictionnaire Japonais-Francais,"" was compiled. The building was originally located in a corner of the outermost section of the grounds of Matsumoto Castle and was later moved to its current location in the 1990s. The structure is also designated a Nagano Prefecture Treasure."
  • Honjin Omoya, Komoro Juku
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    Nagano Pref. Komoroshi Ote 1-6-14
    "This history museum is on the grounds of Otemon Park in Ote, Komoro City. The building itself was where high-ranking officials like Daimyo would stay during their alternate attendance to the capital during the Edo period. It was relocated to its current location, where it was reconstructed as faithfully as possible before becoming a museum. In addition to exhibits on Komoro's history as a post town, they rent out a room called the ""Jodan-no-ma"" where the Daimyo used to stay. There is also a handicraft gallery and a cafe."

    城下町の風情を感じられる立派な建物で、他にも周辺には味わい深い古い建築がたくさんあります。内部は無料展示などに使われていますがたまたま休みだったようで入れませんでした。

  • Former Matsumoto High School (Agata no Mori Cultural Center of Matsumoto City)
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    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Agata 3-1-1
    This educational facility is located inside Agata Forest Park. You can see the restored principal's room and classrooms in the wooden Western-style building-former Matsumoto Highschool-that is an Important Cultural Property. In addition, there is an adjoining auditorium, and it is used by many as a venue for the educational and cultural activities of local residents such as concerts and exhibit presentations.
  • Tsumago-juku Kosatsuba
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    Nagano Pref. Kisogunnagisomachi Aduma Wife Hostel
    This replica of a kosatsuba (old public notice board) is located in Nagiso-machi, Kiso County, Nagano Prefecture. The kosatsuba showed prohibitions and laws to the common people from the shogunate government and is similar to government bulletin boards today, and it is characterized by its appearance of looking down on people as if portraying the power of the shogun. The real one is on display at the Nagiso-machi Museum.
  • Akiyama Region Preserved Folk Home
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    Nagano Pref. Shimominochigunsakaemura Sakai Koakazawa
    Akiyama Village Open Air Museum of Traditional Preserved Farmhouses is located in the village of Sakae, Shimominochi County, Nagano Prefecture, about an 80-minute drive from either the Toyota-Iiyama Interchange on the Joshinetsu Expressway or the Shiozawa Ishiuchi Interchange on the Kan-Etsu Expressway. The ancestral home of the Fukuhara family in Koakazawa was renovated in 1975 and has been preserved and put on display. The house was built about 230 years ago with a thatched roof in the chumonzukuri style, with a central entryway that juts out from the main structure. Visitors learn about the history of the famine that struck the village in the Kyoho Era (1716-1736) and about housing and lifestyles in the late Edo Period (18th and early 19th centuries). Sightseers are free to wander around the building during the hours that it is open.

    山深い秋山郷での暮らしがどうであったかを知ることができます(無料)。 訪問時にブレーカーONにして電灯をつける必要があります。

  • Suzuka City Historic Building Park
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    Nagano Pref. Suzakashi Nobe 1386-8 in Suzaka Art Park
    "Suzaka Historical Building Garden lies inside Suzaka Art Park in the city of Suzaka. A number of buildings of major historical value have been moved here or restored. At the Nagayamon entrance gate is part of the townhouse of the craftsman Koshi Jusaburo, popularly known as ""the king of yarn making,"" built in 1897, moved to the park, and restored. It has been designated a Suzaka City Tangible Cultural Property. In addition, visitors can see Machiya-style houses from the Edo period and a temple school from 1865. During the annual Hinamatsuri doll festival, 1,500 dolls representing ancient courtiers are displayed here."
  • Old Missionary House
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    Nagano Pref. Uedashi Shimonogou 812-8
    The Old Missionary House is about a 25-minute drive from the Ueda-Sugadaira Interchange, next to Inishie no Oka Park. Built in 1904 and later moved to its present location, the building housed women who were Methodist missionaries from Canada, affiliated with Shinzancho Church. Originally it was next to the large Baika Kindergarten, and a training school for nannies was established there, so that it became a regional center for training daycare workers. Built in an early American colonial style, it is a highly valued building.
  • Oshoya Yamaguchike
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    Nagano Azumino Horigane Karasugawa 70
    "This old Japanese home was built in the early Edo period. At that time, it served as the residence of the Yamaguchi family, whose head was the local ""Oshoya"" or ""grand village headman"" in charge of the ""shoya"" village headmen who ruled the villages in the area. Records state that some of the lords of Matsumoto Domain even stayed at the grand residence. The highlight of the estate is the stunning Japanese garden visible from the residence' study as if a framed picture. The garden's old trees are still carefully maintained today and form beautiful scenery. The estate was also the birth home of Nihonga Japanese painter Sorin Yamaguchi and, in addition to the garden, visitors can view some of the artist's paintings."

    安曇野散策の途中、車で立ち寄りました。昔の姿をとどめている家と庭園を見学しますが、周囲の牧歌的な雰囲気、さらには北アルプスの展望と合わせて楽しむと、さらに雰囲気がいいです。

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Nagano prefecture is an exciting mix of mountains, hot spring monkeys, and preserved Edo history. At the heart of the Japanese Alps, Nagano is one of the country’s most popular destinations, whether in winter for its snow sports and the much-loved Jigokudani Monkey Park or in the warmer months for discovering the undulating hills on foot. For fantastic Edo architecture, head to the Kiso Valley for a 60-kilometer stretch of quaint wooden buildings that marked the Nakasendo route 200 years ago.

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