This nostalgic town in the picture flourished in the Edo period, from the 17th to 19th century, as a post town of the Nagasaki Highway. This highway was important as it ran to Nagasaki where was only one trade port with foreign countries under the national policy of seclusion at that time. This neighborhood had been left behind in the urbanization since the 20th century, so the old houses dating back to those years are found along the main street. Around a dozen sake breweries used to stand side by side along this street. Some of them still carry on the sake brewing business, and selling their own brand directly from factory. A variety of local sakes is the specialty of this town. This part of the town is designated as Preservation District for Traditional Buildings.
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