JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Udatsu Traditional Townscape うだつの上がる町並み


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Mino has a traditional townscape of "udatsu" homes. Udatsu is a decorative firewall on the side of the home's roof. It's a rectangular area of residential streets lined with traditional homes. A few are open to the public. Near Minoshi Station on the Nagaragawa Railway. 重要伝統的建造物群保存地区

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Mino Washi Museum 美濃和紙の里会館


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Mino Washi Museum exhibits washi paper history, washi making, and washi paper art. It also offers washi paper-making lessons. Make your own washi postcards, etc. Anybody can do it. Open 9 a.m.–5 p.m., closed Tue. Admission ¥500 (¥250 for elementary school and jr. high school). From Mino-shi Station, take an infrequent bus. It's far from the train station because it needs to be near a clean river. Parking available.

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Mino Station 美濃駅


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Mino Station on the old Meitetsu Mino-cho Line in Gifu Prefecture closed in April 1999 and has been preserved as a Registered Tangible Cultural Property (登録有形文化財) since 2005. The train line was abolished in March 1999. However, the charming station building still stands and open to the public, complete with a few trains on display. Mino Station first opened here in Oct. 1923. (Not to be confused with other Mino Stations in Japan.) Short walk from Minoshi Station (美濃市駅) on the Nagaragawa Railway.

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