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Visiting Kofu-Yanagimachi-shuku, which flourished with business and art

Kofu-Yanagimachi-shuku was built in the town around Kofu-jo Castle. This post station was always bustling with merchants, performers and artists such as Ichikawa Danjuro and Utagawa Hiroshige. Around this post station, there was a street along which many masters gathered and formed into districts such as Uo-machi (which means Fisherman Town), Okeya-machi (which means Wooden Bucket Merchant Town), and Kajiya-machi (which means Blacksmith Town), names that remain to this day. There are also some traces of moats and earthen walls that surrounded samurai residence areas and merchant areas seen in various locations. In this post station, local specialty products and food were produced. These included Inden products, which are made of lacquered deerskin and were loved by the stylish people in Edo, and boiled abalone in soy sauce-based sauce, a technique developed to preserve the abalone while it was transported such a long distance from the ocean, are still available at stores that were listed in the Kofu Kaimono Hitori Annai (Kofu Shopping Guide), an information magazine published in the Edo Period.
4km / 3h / walk, bicycle

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