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Ishibe-juku was the 51st stage town on the Tokaido Road where even Emperor Meiji once stayed (with an entourage of over 3,000). View from JR Ishibe Station. Ishibe in Konan city is rural, yet it has a few major industries operating.
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JR Ishibe Station, Kusatsu Line
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JR Ishibe Station
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In front of JR Ishibe Station. There are many bicycle garages for out-of-town students who commute from the station to their high school in Ishibe.
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Gate in front of Ishibe Station
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Hiroshige's woodblock print of Ishibe-juku (51st post town on the Tokaido) from his "Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido Road" series. A tea house is depicted.
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Dengaku Chaya tea house reconstructed in 2003 based on Hiroshige's ukiyoe print of Ishibe. A rest place for tourists. Walkable from Ishibe Station. 田楽茶屋The original tea house as seen in Hiroshige's print was located some distance away (nearer to Ritto) from the location of this reconstructed tea house.
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Inside reconstructed tea house
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Site of Kojima Honjin and Emperor Meiji marker. The Kojima Honjin was Ishibe-juku's best accommodation suited for feudal lords and emperors.
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Ishibe was usually the first overnight stop for travelers going from Kyoto to Edo (Tokyo). The Honjin is no longer in existence, and only a normal house sits on the site.
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Woodblock print of Ishibe-juku
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Entrance to Ameyama Cultural Sports Park, a low hill with various sports and cultural facilities and hiking trails.
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Entrance to Shukuba no Sato, outdoor museum of stage town buildings 宿場の里 MAP
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About Shukuba no Sato. Interesting outdoor museum of Edo-Period buildings accurately reconstructed as was found in Ishibe-juku. You can find a farmer's house, merchant's house, inn, tea house, and warehouse. The inside is also quite authentic.
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Gate 関所
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Traditional farmer's house 農家
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Traditional farmer's house
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Traditional farmer's house
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Traditional farmer's house
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Old farming implements (for irrigation)
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Farmer's house
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Merchant's house 商家
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Merchant's house
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Inn 旅籠
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Guest name plates in the inn
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Inn
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Inn kitchen
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Rice warehouse
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Rice warehouse
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Tea house
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Tea house
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Old fire truck
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Tokaido History Museum is adjacent to Shukuba no Sato. It explains the 53 stage towns of the Tokaido Road between Edo and Kyoto. 東海道歴史資料館
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Tokaido History Museum includes an accurate model of Ishibe-juku's palatial Kojima Honjin.
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Ishibe Town logo
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Church house
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Church house
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Ishibe High School. Rare to see a Japanese high school whose name is shown in English.
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