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Kano-juku was the 53rd station or lodging/post town of the Nakasendo Road. Not much is left except for a few markers indicating the location of the Waki Honjin, Honjin, and other features. Tenmangu Shrine and Kano Castle's stone walls are the major sights. Short walk south of JR Gifu Station.
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Map of Kano-juku in English. Gifu Station is on the upper right, and Kano Castle is on the left.
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Signs
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Nakasendo Road in Kano-juku.
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Nakasendo Road in Kano-juku.
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Marker for Kano-juku's Waki Honjin. 脇本陣
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Marker for Kano-juku's Waki Honjin. 脇本陣
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Marker for Kano-juku's Honjin where Princess Kazunomiya once stayed on Oct. 26, 1861 on her way from Kyoto to Edo to marry Shogun Tokugawa Iemochi. 本陣
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Monument for the poem Princess Kazunomiya composed while in Kano-juku. This is her handwriting. Monument was built in 2002.
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Marker for Kano-juku's Honjin. 本陣
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About Princess Kazunomiya's poem and monument.
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Way to Kano Tenmangu Shrine.
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Entrance to Kano Tenmangu Shrine. 加納天満宮
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About Kano Tenmangu Shrine. 加納天満宮
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Wash basin.
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Koma-inu lion dog.
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Kano Tenmangu Shrine's Haiden worship hall. 拝殿
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Kano Tenmangu Shrine.
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Kano Tenmangu Shrine worships Tenjin, aka Sugawara no Michizane, the god of scholarly learning. This is the Honden hall. 本殿
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Kano Tenmangu Shrine office.
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Kano Tenmangu Shrine's ema prayer tablet.
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Monument marking the birthplace of Gifu's Boy Scouts.
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Kano used to have nine festival floats, but all except one was destroyed by World War II bombing of Gifu in 1945. The shrine buildings were also destroyed.
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Kano-juku road marker.
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Nakasendo road marker at Kano-juku. "Go left for Nakasendo." Originally built in 1750. 加納宿 中山道道標
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About the Nakasendo road marker at Kano-juku. It was at the intersection of the Nakasendo and Gifu Roads.
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Spot where the Kosatsu bulletin board was in Kano-juku. It was originally on a stone foundation. This spot used to have many people passing by as it was near the castle's front gate. 加納宿 高札
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About the Kosatsu bulletin board in Kano-juku. It posted local laws and regulations and other official notices from the local ruler. 高札
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Kosatsu bulletin board was at one end of this bridge over a small river.
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Road directions and map in English in Kano, Gifu.
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Another road marker. "Go left for Kyoto"
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Former Kano Town Hall. 旧加納町役場
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Marker for a gate at Kano Castle.
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Marker for a gate at Kano Castle.
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Kano Castle parking lot.
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About Kano Castle. As ordered by Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, it was built soon after the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600. Parts from Gifu Castle were used to build Kano Castle.
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About Kano Castle.
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Kano Castle as it looked originally in Gifu. 加納城
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Kano Castle as it looked originally on a map. All the moats were later filled in. 加納城
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Kano Castle has a large grassy area surrounded by stone walls. No buildings. 加納城
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Kano Castle stone foundation.
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About Kano Castle's Honmaru stone foundation built in the early 1600s.
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Kano Castle stone walls. Near JR Gifu Station's south exit.
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Kano Castle stone walls.
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Another entrance to Kano Castle. Thanks to my friend Satomi for driving me around Kano.
 
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