Get a feel for the local lifestyle through the beautiful water and vibrant dancing in the streets of this old castle town!
Located upstream of the Nagara River is Gujo Hachiman, which is famous for its Gujo Odori dance in the summer and the beautiful, stunningly clear waters that run through the town. Gujo Hachiman’s local symbol and treasure, Sogi Spring, serves as a testament to and celebration of the area’s pure waters.
While walking the ancient streets of Shokunin-machi and Kajiya-machi, which were named as such because they were where the city’s local craftsmen and blacksmiths had been concentrated, one can enjoy seeing stunning canals running along the old homes of this breathtaking old district.
The houses of Yanagimachi retain the distinct flavor of an ancient samurai village, and are distinguished by the winged wall that separates one house from another. Visitors can get a feel for the local lifestyle, the essence of which has remained unchanged since the Edo period.
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