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In theory the lowest of the four social classes during the Edo Period, where the MERCHANTS but actually many grew to be very wealthy.

Merchant districts are characterized by shop lined streets and warehouses

In Takayama

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The narrow streets in Takayama's old town are lined by traditional buildings, shops and sake breweries.
A few former merchant homes are open to the public.

to get there,
is a 5-10 minute walk from the JR Takayama Station just across the Miyagawa River.

In Kurashiki

Historic Canal Area
Numerous warehouses along a willow lined canal.
Many of the warehouses have been converted into museums, souvenir stores, boutiques and cafes.

to get there,
is a 10 minute walk from JR Kurashiki Station.

In Kawagoe

Kurazukuri Street
More than a dozen warehouses, reminiscent of the Edo Period, are along Kawagoe's main street.
Many of them are now housing stores and restaurants.

to get there,
10-15 minute walk along the main street from Hon-Kawagoe Station.

In Nara

Naramachi is the former merchant district of Nara, where several traditional warehouses and residential buildings have survived.
One old residence is open to the public for free.

to get there,
Naramachi is located south of Kintetsu Nara Station and Kofukuji Temple.
Kofukuji stands at the entrance to Nara Park when you approach the park from either Kintetsu or JR Nara Station.

In Matsumoto

Nakamachi District
Nakamachi-dori is a street lined by several old buildings, including a number of warehouses.
Some of them house small shops, restaurants and ryokan.

to get there,
5-10 minute walk from Matsumoto Castle and a 10-15 minute walk from Matsumoto Station.

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  • Updated May 21, 2005
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