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Small Edo Sawara Course
“Small Edo in Hokuso”̶ the streetscape of Sawara. Shops that were connected to Edo and prospered with boat transport stand in a row 500m along Ono River, which leads to Tone River, and 400 m along Katori Street, which crosses the river. Among the shops, there are the old residence of Tadataka Ino (built in 1793, government-designated historical place) and eight prefecture-designated cultural assets (13 buildings). In 1996, this area was selected as a government-designated important traditional building group preservation district - the first such district in the Kanto area. This important traditional building group preservation district in Sawara is characterized by the streetscape that reflects changes from the late Edo period to early Showa and many family businesses passed down from ancient times, which is why this area is reputed as a“ lively streetscape.”
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The Inoh Tadataka
Inoh Tadataka (1745-1821), a great man born in Sawara, walked around Japan for surveying after age 50, making “Dainihon Enkai Yochi Zenzu,” the first surveyed map of Japan. Tadataka sachievementsareshown chronologically at the museum. In addition to many surveying instruments that are important cultural assets, “Inoh Zu” that can be called the fruit of his achievements with correctness and artistic beauty is displayed. Closed: Mondays and year-end and New Year holidays, in principle. Open hours: 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Admission: Adult … 500 yen; Primary school children and junior high school students … 250 yen
Suigo Sawara Dashi Kaikan
You can experience the tradition and culture of
“Sawara-no Dashi Gyoji (Sawara’s Festival Car Event),” Government-designated Important Intangible Ethnic Cultural Asset. Sawara Big Festival with a history of more than 300 years is held twice a year in summer (10 festival cars in the Honjuku district) and autumn (14 festival cars in the Niijuku district). Two festival cars are exhibited in turn at the hall, and you can leisurely see 8-meter tall festival cars made of zelkova entirely from top to bottom. The panoramic view of the scene of the big festival shown on the three screens is a must-see. Closed: Mondays, in principle. Open hours: 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Admission: Adult … 400 yen; Primary school children and junior high school students … 200 yen
Sawara Machinami Koryu Kan
Inoh Tadataka (1745-1821), a great man born in Sawara, walked around Japan for surveying after age 50, making “Dainihon Enkai Yochi Zenzu,” the first surveyed map of Japan. Tadataka sachievementsareshown chronologically at the museum. In addition to many surveying instruments that are important cultural assets, “Inoh Zu” that can be called the fruit of his achievements with correctness and artistic beauty is displayed. Closed: Mondays and year-end and New Year holidays, in principle. Open hours: 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Admission: Adult … 500 yen; Primary school children and junior high school students … 250 yen
val (Katori City) July
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday consecutively during the period from July 9 to 18
This is a festival of Yasaka Shrine in Honjuku, and the highlights are Japan’s best festival car sculptured gorgeously and a big doll, as well as“ Sawara-bayashi,” one of the best three musical accompaniments in Japan.
val (Katori City) Autumn
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with the 2nd Saturday of September as the central day
This is a festival of Suwa Shrine in Niijuku highlighted by Japan’s best festival car sculptured gorgeously and a big doll, as well as “Sawara-bayashi,” one of the best three musical accompaniments in Japan.
Katori Shrine
Katori Shrine has a status of Kyu-kanpei Taisha (old government-supported shrine), the highest status, in Ichinomiya, Provicne of Shimousa. The shrine is regarded as one of the prestigious shrines in Japan in the same way as Kashima Shrine in Ibaraki. The main shrine constructed in 1700 by Tsunayoshi Tokugawa, the fifth Shogun, has been designated as an important intangible cultural heritage.
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