In the port town of Mitarai in Osaki Shimojima, located along the coast of Seto Island Sea encounter a well-preserved good old Edo period.
Photo: http://blogimg.goo.ne.jpFirst things first, let’s grab a sightseeing guide from 'Shiomachi Kan'. a tour reception, souvenir shop and a resting place all-in-one.
Photo: http://pds2.exblog.jpChoshu and Geishu armies united at Mitarai in 1867. The Mitarai Treaty was concluded here at Kaneko Residence to further the overthrowing of the Shogunate.
Photo: http://blogs.c.yimg.jpA tea house officially sanctioned by Hiroshima Domain.
You cannot miss this rare premises built with Yakusugi (Cryptomeria that are more than 1,000 years old).
Clock Shop established in Meiji period
Photo: http://fjmxe.img.jugem.jpThis clock shop is in Mitarai district in Oshima Simo Machi off the Island Sea.
More than 140 years old, Shinko Tokei is the oldest clock shop in Japan.
Photo: http://blog-imgs-45.fc2.comA modern theatre in the early Showa period was restored here. You can feel the good old Showa days at this building.
Residences with Namako Wall (Namako: sea cucumber)
Photo: http://blogs.c.yimg.jpIt was originally called the Tokoji Temple but changed its name to Daitoji Temple when Hondo (the main temple building) was constructed.
You can see a transom with three Karyōbinga and dragons, both male and female carved by a sculptor in Kyoto utilizing the entire width of the big Japanese zelkova.
Photo: http://blogs.c.yimg.jpThe God of shipping is said to be enshrined here. A rarity nationwide, the Sumiyoshi zukuri shrine pavilion is invaluable.
Photo: http://blogimg.goo.ne.jpShingon sect Manshuji Temple is in the preserved townscape district of Mitarai. Its magnificent stone wall is noteworthy. Visitors can appreciate cherry blossoms in spring and red leaves in autumn.
Appearance of Edo
Photo: http://blog-imgs-45.fc2.comOnce in Mitarai, the spark of Edo period will mesmerize you if you happen to stroll around the city imagining the prosperous good old Edo period of Japan.
Web: http://www.yutaka-kanko.jp/ (in Japanese)