Leaving Sukyoji Temple, I walked toward Main Street. On the way, I saw a beautiful sake brewary.
This building used to be a merchant’s house in the Meiji period. It is now the Izushi Historical Museum. Unfortunately, it was closed on that day. I must go back!
I saw few people until I came to this buiding. However, I saw more and more people as I approached Main Street. Main Street was bustling with shops and restaurants. There were many people waiting in line for soba (buckwheat noodles) restaurants. Izushi is famous for its soba. My mom had recommended a couple of restaurants and I was planning to have lunch at one of them. However, I wanted to explore the town as much as possible, so I decided to give up my lunch. I continued walking, promising myself I’d come back to eat soba some day.
This is Izushi’s landmark, Shinkoro Clock Tower. It was built in 1871.
In the moat, you can see beautiful carp.
Out of curiosity, I dropped in at this Samurai House. It was a chief retainer’s residence in the late Edo period. This buidling looks one story high, but it is actually not. The building structure has some tricks to protect the residents from their enemies. If you like, you could take a photo of yourself with the samurai panel (with your face sticking out of the panel).
You could even take a photo of yourself sitting next to the samurai.
(To be continued…)