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Breakfast at Hisamatsu, Shirakawa-goSep 17, 2016
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Dinner at Hisamatsu, Shirakawa-go. Includes Hida beef.Sep 17, 2016
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Irori hearth in Hisamatsu minshukuSep 17, 2016
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It costs 10 million yen to rethatch the roof. They do it once every 30 years. The thatch is Japanese pampas grass (susuki) from the base of Mt. Fuji.The rethatch cost is subsidized by the national government and municipality. So the family only pays one-third the cost of 10 million yen. In the old days, they had family and friends gather the thatch and the roof was rethatched by the villagers as a community project. Not anymore. They have to hire professionals to do it which cost a lot of money.Sep 17, 2016
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Dinner at Hisamatsu near the irori hearth while the friendly proprietress chatted with us. I asked her about the difficulty of having a successor to take over the minshuku.She said it was a common problem among the minshuku operators there and hoped that one of her daughters would take over. She explained the Three Golden Rules that they follow: Do not sell, do not rent, and do not destroy the farmhouse. They are trying to change the rule about "do not rent." Perhaps if they rent it, the owner family can have another family operate their lodge.Sep 17, 2016
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Hisamatsu at night.Sep 17, 2016
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Next to Furusato is another minshuku named Hisamatsu in Shirakawa-go. Looks almost the same on the outside.Sep 17, 2016
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The restrooms are modern. I'm told this part of the house was for horses.Sep 17, 2016
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My room in Furusato.Sep 17, 2016
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My roomSep 17, 2016
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My room in Furusato. It was not the same room where the crown prince stayed.Sep 17, 2016
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I was surprised to see these pictures displayed inside Furusato. They showed Prince Hiro (currently the Crown Prince) who stayed at this minshuku while a college student.His brother Prince Aya/Akishino also stayed at this same minshuku when he was in college.

I was very surprised to hear from the proprietress that the Imperial Household Agency had designated the Furusato minshuku as *the* place to stay for Imperial family members visiting Shirakawa-go. She doesn't know exactly why. She says that although it was an honor to host the Princes, they can't really advertise it (the Imperial family can never be used for commercial purposes). She also lost money because they (her mother) had to buy new, fluffy futons, etc., just for the prince.
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Greetings in English by Furusato. ¥9,000 per night including a sumptuous breakfast and dinner. Sep 17, 2016
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This is a minshuku in Shirakawa-go named Furusato where I stayed overnight. Looks very traditional on the outside and there are strict regulations on keeping it that way. ふるさとSep 17, 2016
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When you want to stay overnight in Shirakawa-go, it's hard to decide which minshuku (farmhouse lodge) to stay in. There's a good number of minshuku in Shirakawa-go.Sep 17, 2016
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Most people go through an agent to book a room instead contacting individual minshuku to see if they have a room.These are two minshuku, Hisamatsu on the left and Furusato on the right. They are within walking distance from the bus stop.Sep 17, 2016
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Irori hearth in Myozenji templeSep 17, 2016
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Buddhist altar of MyozenjiSep 17, 2016
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Inside the Myozenji temple Hondo worship hall. Tatami mats and looks like a typical Jodo Shinshu temple on the inside.Sep 17, 2016
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Inside the temple museum.Sep 17, 2016
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View from the upper floor of the temple museum.Sep 17, 2016
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Roof of Hondo worship hall.Sep 17, 2016
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Side view of Hondo worship hall.Sep 17, 2016
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Myozenji Hondo worship hall.Sep 17, 2016
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The Hondo worship hall can be entered through the adjoining building.Sep 17, 2016
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Enter Myozenji through this adjacent and adjoining building that is a museum and minister's residence.Sep 17, 2016
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Myozenji's temple bellSep 17, 2016
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Myozenji's Hondo Main worship hallSep 17, 2016
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In autumn (Oct.), approaching rice harvest season.Sep 17, 2016
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Gifu city manhole showing cormorants Mar 24, 2016
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Manhole in Hashima, GifuJun 17, 2013
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Old movie postersJun 17, 2013
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Kami-shibai storyteller Jun 17, 2013
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Kami-shibai storyteller Jun 17, 2013
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Old Japanese typewriterJun 17, 2013
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Old word processorsJun 17, 2013
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Old washing machinesJun 17, 2013
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Electrical appliances from the 1950s-70s.Jun 17, 2013
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Hashima Folk History MuseumJun 17, 2013
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Old home movie projectorsJun 17, 2013
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Old movie theater projectorsJun 17, 2013
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Godzilla in Hashima Movie Museum 羽島市 映画資料館Jun 17, 2013
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Hashima Movie Museum 羽島市 映画資料館Jun 17, 2013
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About Takehana Castle.Jun 17, 2013
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Hashima Folk History Museum and Movie Museum. 羽島市歴史民俗資料館・映画資料館Jun 17, 2013
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Site of Takehana Castle in Hashima, Gifu, now occupied by the Hashima Folk History Museum.Jun 17, 2013
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Site of Takehana Castle, now occupied by the Hashima Folk History Museum.Jun 17, 2013
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Site of Takehana Castle, now occupied by the Hashima Folk History Museum. 羽島市歴史民俗資料館・映画資料館Jun 17, 2013
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Hashima Shiyakusho-mae Station 羽島市役所前駅Jun 17, 2013
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Hashima Shiyakusho-mae Station 羽島市役所前駅Jun 17, 2013
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Hashima Shiyakusho-mae Station 羽島市役所前駅Jun 17, 2013
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My YouTube video of Takehana Matsuri showing all the performances on the floats.Jun 14, 2013
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Floats parading near the train station.Jun 14, 2013
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View from the Hondo main hall.Jun 14, 2013
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Cemetery next to the main hall.Jun 14, 2013
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Inside Takehana Betsuin. Very impressive for a rural area.Jun 14, 2013
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Takehana Betsuin temple's wisteria is over 300 years old.Jun 14, 2013
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Takehana Betsuin temple belongs to the Jodo Shinshu Sect's Otani School (Higashi Hongwanji).Jun 14, 2013
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Path leading to the entrance of Takehana Betsuin temple.Jun 14, 2013
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This float just decorated the street.Jun 14, 2013
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Karakuri puppet.Jun 14, 2013
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A few of the floats stopped in front of Takehana Bestuin and performed again.Jun 14, 2013
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After all the floats finished performing, they started moving out to parade on other streets.Jun 14, 2013
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Watch my video to see and hear what they did.Jun 14, 2013
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This float had a human inside this costume of Hotei, one of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune.Jun 14, 2013
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This float had karakuri mechanical puppets.Jun 14, 2013
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From 1 pm to 1:30 pm, all seven floats took turns to perform. Jun 14, 2013
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Festival started with an opening ceremony on a road near Takehana Betsuin.Jun 14, 2013
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At the same time, the lovely Wisteria Festival is held at Takehana Betsuin temple. This main festival road leads to the temple and festival site.Jun 14, 2013
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Takehana Matsuri is a festival of ornate floats paraded in central Hashima on May 3. Each float features a performance of puppets (karakuri) or kids dancing. The festival is coupled with the Wisteria Festival at Takehana Betsuin temple.Jun 14, 2013
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Although there are 13 floats, only about half of them take turns to appear at the festival each year. If you want to see all the float, you'll have to see the festival two years in a row.Jun 14, 2013
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Hiroshige's woodblock print of Yoro Falls from his "Famous Views of the 60 Provinces" series.Apr 24, 2011
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Hiroshige's woodblock print of Tarui-juku from his Kisokaido series. It shows a daimyo procession.Apr 23, 2011
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Hiroshige's woodblock print of Sekigahara from his Kisokaido series.Apr 23, 2011
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Imasu-juku was the fifty-ninth of the sixty-nine stations or shukuba post towns of the Nakasendo Road. It follows Sekigahara-juku and comes before Kashiwabara-juku in Shiga Pref. Hiroshige woodblock print of Imasu. Apr 23, 2011
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Guide to scenic points.Jan 06, 2011
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Mt. Ibuki as seen from Gifu City Tower 43.Jan 06, 2011
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Gifu and Ibuki mountains.Jan 06, 2011
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View of Ibuki mountain range from Gifu City Tower 43.Jan 06, 2011
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Entrance to a restaurant.Jan 06, 2011
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Nagoya as seen from Gifu City Tower 43.Jan 06, 2011
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Arch Tower in Ichinomiya, Aichi.Jan 06, 2011
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View of JR Gifu Station from Gifu City Tower 43, looking toward Nagoya.Jan 06, 2011
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View of JR Gifu Station from Gifu City Tower 43.Jan 06, 2011
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View of JR Gifu Station from Gifu City Tower 43.Jan 06, 2011
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View of JR Gifu Station from Gifu City Tower 43.Jan 06, 2011
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View of Mt. Kinkazan (Gifu Castle) from Gifu City Tower 43.Jan 06, 2011
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View of Mt. Kinkazan (Gifu Castle) from Gifu City Tower 43.Jan 06, 2011
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View of Mt. Kinkazan (Gifu Castle) from Gifu City Tower 43.Jan 06, 2011
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Top floor is a lookout deck operated by the city. Free admission. Elevator takes 45 sec. to get to the top.Jan 06, 2011
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Gifu City Tower 43 lookout deck looking east.Jan 06, 2011
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Shops inside Gifu City Tower 43.Jan 06, 2011
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The lower floors have shops and restaurants. Upper floors are condominiums. The 43rd floor at the top is a lookout deck and restaurant.Jan 06, 2011
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Gifu City Tower 43 is connected to JR Gifu Station with an upper level walkway.Jan 06, 2011
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Chukonhi Monument for the war dead from the Sino-Japanese War and Russo-Japanese War. 忠魂碑Jan 06, 2011
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Serving hot ama-zake here.Jan 06, 2011
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Kibi Shrine 吉備神社Jan 06, 2011
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Romon Gate side view.Jan 06, 2011
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Inaba Shrine has a few other lesser shrines.Jan 06, 2011
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