"Joto Street" Tsuyama Things to Do Tip by Rabbityama

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The Joto Street is alligned with buildings dating back to the Edo period. Many of the buildings were once the residences of samurai, and the street itself was part of the pilgrimage route from Kyoto to Izumo Shrine. Walking down Joto street gives you insight into what life was like in Tsuyama during the time when Tsuyama Castle still existed. These buildings are the type of structures many foreigners picture when thinking about traditional Japanese housing architecture, and indeed, it is very unique!

Many of the buildings today also function as shops. The shops are local shops, so you won't find anything obnoxious like McDonalds ruining the traditional atmosphere. It's well-preserved and a walk down the street is a great way to experience Japanese history firsthand. The sake shop is particularly interesting. The owners have a special way of making their sake that has been passed down within their family from generation to generation for the past 250 years! If you can speak Japanese, the owners of the sake shop will enthusiastically show you the lanterns, a hidden space where the umbrellas were kept, and the way in which the door could be shut. If you don't understand Japanese, the sake shop is still a great place to view the inside of a samurai residence, and of course, you can buy sake!

In November there is also a festival held on Joto Street.

Address: Joto Street

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  • Updated Oct 13, 2010
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