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From the Ohmi Railways' Gokasho Station, you can walk to the Fujii Hikoshiro House (藤井 彦四郎邸), which is also a history museum, and to the modern Ohmi Merchant Museum (近江商人博物館).Ohmi Railways Gokasho Station 近江鉄道五箇所駅
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You can buy a set of tickets to all four Omi merchant homes and the museum which cheaper than buying a ticket at each place. Ohmi Railways Gokasho Station 近江鉄道五箇所駅
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Ohmi Railways Gokasho Station, waiting room.
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Ohmi Railways Gokasho Station building as seen from the train platform.
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Ohmi Railways Gokasho Station train platform.
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In front of Gokasho Station is a map and stone monument.
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Stone monument for the local Obata shonin merchants.
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Road in front of the train station.
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Old Sprite sign
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Bus stop and sign to the Fujii house. Gokasho has good signs showing you the way to the Omi merchant homes.
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Gokasho is a rural town.
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Another sign.
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Entrance to the former residence of Omi merchant Fujii Hikoshiro (1876-1956) (藤井 彦四郎邸)
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Former residence of Omi merchant Fujii Hikoshiro (1876-1956) (藤井 彦四郎邸). Now a history museum.
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Omi merchant statue.
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Omi merchant statue.
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Bust of Fujii Hikoshiro
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Foyer of house 玄関
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Entrance room
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Omi merchant display
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Corridor to rooms and garden.
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Guest meeting room 客間
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Another guest meeting room 客間
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Main guest room 主客間
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Main guest room
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Main guest room
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Exterior view
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Exterior view
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Spacious garden outside Fujii Hikoshiro house
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Spacious garden outside Fujii Hikoshiro house (in background)
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Pine tree in garden
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Spacious garden and Fujii Hikoshiro house
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Western-style room
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Statue of Fujii Hikoshiro
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Old photos of Omi merchants
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Old photos of Omi merchants carrying their trademark "tenbin" pole.
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Western-style room
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Record books
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Tags and certificates.
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Furo bath made of wood.
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Signs
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Signs
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Kitchen area
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Shopkeeper
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Shopkeep's desk
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Kitchen
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Storage area
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Swing-down ladder to enter upper floor.
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Omi merchant profiles
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Obata dolls 小幡人形
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Garden
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Tokonoma alcove
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More display cases
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Scenery along the route to the Omi Merchant Museum 15 min. walk away.
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Flower farm
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Cable TV notice.
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Ohmi Merchant Museum is on the 3rd floor of this building. 近江商人博物館 Map
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This is actually the Tenbin no Sato Culture Center. てんびんの里文化学習センター
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Ohmi Merchant Museum
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Ohmi Merchant Museum
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Sign showing the way to Omi merchant homes.
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Baba-dori street 馬場通り
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Oshiro Shrine torii 大城神社
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Anpukuji temple 安福寺
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Joeiji temple 浄栄寺
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Joeiji temple
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Fire dept.
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Iki-ikikan tourist info center. This should be your first stop. Accessible by bus from JR Notogawa Station. 生き活き館
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Lobby of Iki-ikikan
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Souvenir shop inside Iki-ikikan, run by local farmers who sell their goods here. The senbei crackers and cookies are delicious.
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Omi merchant dolls
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Senbei crackers
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Fresh produce grown by local farmers. They don't use pesticides.
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Road to Mt. Kinugasa.
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Iki-ikikan-mae bus stop for JR Notogawa Station.
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Inside the bus for Notogawa Station, about 15 min. ride.
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