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1. Kakunodate-machi [Akita]
Known as the Little Kyoto of Michinoku is Kakunodate in Akita Prefecture. The rows of cherry blossom trees and massive mansions will make you feel the good old days. The black board fence and a cherry blossom grove is a popular spot in the famous Bukeyashiki-dori. Many houses of low-class samurais stand in this area.
HP: kakunodate-kanko.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Address: Omotemachi Kamicho ~ Higashi Katsuraku-cho, Kakunodatemachi, Senboku-shi, Akita (Google Map)
2. Tochigi City [Tochigi]
Tochigi City is known as the city of storehouses. Since the Edo period, the Uzuma River that flows through the city was used and was a mercantile city of the North Kanto region. There is the Toshogu in Nikko and several feudal lords of the West used the road nearby when visiting the shrine. Some buildings of that road still remains today.
HP: www.city.tochigi.lg.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Address:Toshigi-shi, Tochigi (Google Map)
3. Kawagoe City [Saitama]
Kawagoe City is located in southwest Saitama. Buildings resembling storehouses and the Toki no Kane (The Bell of Time) are popular tourist attractions. The Kashiya Yokocho (Candy Shop Alley) have over 20 stores and people of all ages can enjoy the good old times in this area.
HP: www.koedo.or.jp/foreign/chinese_tr/ (Chinese)
HP: www.koedo.or.jp/ (Japanese)
Address: Kawagoe-shi, Saitama (Google Map)
4. Kanazawa City [Ishikawa]lost in heart/Flickr
One of the teahouse towns of Kanazawa, the Nishi Chaya District still has Japanese restaurants standing, creating an atmospheric cityscape. The Higashi Chaya District begins lighting up the town at nightfall and sets the stage for a performance town of Kanazawa. Many like the Chaya district in Kazuemachi, Akarisaka sets the mood for an atmospheric town.
HP: www4.city.kanazawa.lg.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Address: Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa (Google Map)
Also check: 7 Must See Places in Kanazawa
5. Mino City [Gifu]
Mino City of Gifu Prefecture is famous for being a mercantile town during the Edo period. Buildings constructed between the Edo period to the Meiji era still remain and atmospheric old cityscape is very appealing. The liquor store, Kosakake Jyutaku is named as Japan’s national important cultural property.
HP: www.minokanko.com/ (Japanese Only)
Address: Mino-shi, Gifu (Google Map)
6. Ine-cho [Kyoto]
Ine-cho is located at the eastern edge of Tango Peninsula. The Funaya no Sato (home of the fishermen houses) has 230 houses. It became Japan’s first fishing village to be designated as the Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings. The unique architecture of these fishermen houses were built between mid-Meiji era to the beginning of the Showa period.
HP: www.ine-kankou.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Address: Ine-cho, Yosa-gun, Kyoto (Google Map)