Central Yanai near JR Yanai Station is noted for a beautiful street of homes and shops having traditional white walls (shirakabe). The area is officially preserved as a traditional townscape (重要伝統的建造物群保存地区).
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Muroyano-sono is a long house (Machiya) museum, formerly the estate of an oil merchant. It is adjacent to Yanai's townscape of white-wall buildings. Probably built in 1702, Muroyano-sono consists of several buildings clustered together. They include the main building (omoya), main storehouse (hongura), and rice storehouse (komegura). Open 9 am to 5 pm and closed on Wed. and during the year end and New Year's period. Admission is a few hundred yen.
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