奈良井宿 (Narai-juku) - May 2, 2016


With a zoom lens, it could be possible to remove the depth of the buildings. By doing this, it gave even buildings located back more presence.

NEX-5R: f/6.3, 1/125, 70.8 mm, ISO 100



About Narai-juku

Narai-juku was one of the post towns on the Nakasendo highway officially ruled by the Edo Shogunate and situated exactly between Edo (the old name of Tokyo) and Kyoto. As it retains a historical row of Edo period houses along the street, it was confirmed as a Cultural Asset in 1978 and is maintained by the government grant system. There were 67 post towns on the Nakasendo highway.
The conservation area extends about 1km north to south and about 200m east to west along the environs of the old highway. Narai-juku was the longest post town in Japan. There is a shrine at both the north and south end, as well as five temples among the row of the houses. In Nakamachi (the middle part of town) the highway is at its widest and here stood the HOnjin (where the feudal lord stayed) and Wakihonjin (where his subordinates stayed). Also in this area the houses have very wide doorways. Many comb-makes of woodworking craftsmen lived in Kanmachi (the upper part of town) and Shimomachi (downtown).

The Torii Pass to the south of Narai was considered one of the most difficult ones to go through on the Nakasendo highway. Narai-juku prospered because travelers rested and stayed there in order to prepare for crossing the pass. The buildings are unique in that the second floor overhangs the first, with eaves sloping further to overhang the entire building. Most of the roofs now have steel sheets, but originally they were wooden slats held down by rocks.
Visitors come from all over Japan to see these historical buildings.

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