JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Most viewed - Tokaido Seki-juku 関宿
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The museum has this colorful Seki-juku manhole, Kameyama, Mie Prefecture. They even give you a manhole card.30 views
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Seki-juku is highly recommended for Tokaido stage town and architecture fans. Seki-juku manhole with a traveler design, Kameyama, Mie Prefecture.29 views
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Way to Seki-juku.20 views
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Old Tokaido Road in Seki-juku. Picturesque.20 views
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JR Seki Station building has a traditional design. It also houses a tourist information office and exhibition space. From Nagoya, it's about 18 views
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Antique shop sign.18 views
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Kaiunro, former geisha house in Seki-juku. 開雲楼18 views
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Seki-juku stretches for about 1.8 km. The whole town is small enough to walk through. 17 viewsA few buildings are open to the public as museums. Seki-juku is an Important Traditional Townscape Preservation District. Short walk from JR Seki Station on the JR Kansai Main Line.
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From Seki Station, a short walk on this road to Seki-juku.17 views
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Welcome to Seki Townscape Museum. It explains about the town and why so many buildings have been preserved.17 views
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Old map of Seki-juku.17 views
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Traditional buildings that still remain in Seki-juku.17 views
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Jizo-in Temple, Main Hall is an Important Cultural Property. 地蔵院17 views
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On left, Kaiunro 開雲楼, former geisha house in Seki-juku. On the right is another former geisha house, Shokakuro 松鶴楼. 17 views
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JR Tsuge Station connects to the JR Kusatsu Line.17 views
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Lots of wooden lattice on the exterior, used to block rain and wind.16 views
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Entrance to Seki Machinami Shiryokan (Seki Townscape Museum). It looks narrow, but the building is quite long. 関まちなみ資料館16 views
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Room on 2nd floor.16 views
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About the Ito Honjin lodge.16 views
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Old coins and dishes/pottery.16 views
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Tokonoma alcove.16 views
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Scale model of Seki-juku.16 views
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Kitchen stove.16 views
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Seki-juku's traditional townscape continues.16 views
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View from Chokantei, looking toward Jizo-in Temple. 眺関亭からの眺望16 views
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Ito Honjin lodge. Now an electronics shop. 伊藤本陣跡16 views
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Tamaya inn's front desk.16 views
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Tableware used by Tamaya when it was an inn.16 views
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Hyakugo Bank, Seki Branch is a modern building designed in the traditional style. 百五銀行 関支店16 views
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About Oi house16 views
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Tokaido Road marker.16 views
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More latticed walls in Seki-juku.16 views
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JR Seki Station on the Kansai Line. JR関西本線 関駅16 views
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Ninja at JR Tsuge Station.16 views
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Seki Machinami Shiryokan (Seki Townscape Museum) is a local history/culture museum. 関まちなみ資料館15 views
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Adult admission ¥300, open 9 am to 4:30 pm.15 views
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Entering the Seki Townscape Museum.15 views
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Money box, probably a safe.15 views
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Stairway also serve as storage space.15 views
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About the Kawa-kita Honjin lodge. 15 views
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Small exhibition room on 2nd floor (or maybe attic).15 views
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Charcoal heater.15 views
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Corridor15 views
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Another small exhibition room.15 views
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Scale model of Seki-juku.15 views
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How Seki-juku started out. The town was named "Seki" in the early 18th century.15 views
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Exhibition room of photos of Seki-juku's skyline.15 views
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Grandfather's clock.15 views
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Indoor well.15 views
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Old bicycle from the late 19th century (Meiji Period). Still a rare luxury item in those days. Bicycles became widely used in Japan from the 1930s. This bicycle was donated by a local resident in Seki. 15 views
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Kura storehouse15 views
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Kitchen stove.15 views
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Festival float storehouse or dashi-gura. One of four remaining today. Originally there were 16 floats. There's a window where you can see part of the Nakamachi Sanbancho float inside.15 views
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About the Nakamachi Sanbancho float festival float. The Seki Hikiyama Festival is held on a weekend in late July.15 views
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About Seki's float festival in English. This was posted on a nearby house.15 views
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About Seki's festival floats.15 views
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Tanaka-ya coffee shop.15 views
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Road marker15 views
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Tsuruya inn. 鶴屋脇本陣跡15 views
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You see a lot of wooden lattice on the exterior. Supposed to ward off wind and rain.15 views
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Hyaku-rokuri-tei has a building with a view of Seki-juku. 百六里庭15 views
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Hyaku-rokuri-tei15 views
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View from Chokantei. 眺関亭からの眺望15 views
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View from Chokantei. 眺関亭からの眺望15 views
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Ito Honjin lodge was Seki-juku's high-class lodge for VIP travelers like daimyo lords. 伊藤本陣跡15 views
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Ishigaki-ya inn. It's actually an inn where you can stay. ¥2,500/night.15 views
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Ishigaki-ya15 views
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Old koto and skis in Ishigaki-ya.15 views
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Tamaya inn is another major museum in Seki-juku. 旅籠玉屋歴史資料館15 views
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Tamaya inn is another major museum in Seki-juku. 旅籠玉屋歴史資料館15 views
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Tamaya inn 15 views
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Tamaya inn adult admission ¥300. Must see. 旅籠玉屋歴史資料館15 views
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About the three types of inns in stage towns.15 views
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Seki-juku had 42 inns including two Honjin and two Waki-Honjin.15 views
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Tamaya entrance hall.15 views
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Tamaya inn's front desk.15 views
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Tamaya inn's front desk clerk.15 views
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Abasuc.15 views
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Tamaya kitchen stove.15 views
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Tamaya kitchen stove.15 views
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Tamaya kitchen stove.15 views
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Tamaya kitchen15 views
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Sake flasks and delivery box.15 views
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Kitchen roof was high to dilute the smoke.15 views
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Tamaya has many rooms with exhibits.15 views
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Tamaya courtyard.15 views
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Tamaya tokonoma alcove.15 views
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Tamaya inn Guest room15 views
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Dining room on the 2nd floor of Tamaya inn.15 views
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Dining room on the 2nd floor of Tamaya inn.15 views
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Guest room on the 2nd floor of Tamaya, a high-class inn.15 views
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Guest room on the 2nd floor of Tamaya inn.15 views
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Pillow15 views
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This might be the maid's room.15 views
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Tamaya inn also has this storehouse for more exhibits centering on Hiroshige's woodblock prints of the Tokaido Road.15 views
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Inside the kura storehouse, exhibits of woodblock prints of the Tokaido Road.15 views
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Mie and Shiga sections of the Tokaido Road.15 views
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Top floor of the kura storehouse.15 views
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Ceiling of the kura storehouse.15 views
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Tamaya inn rear view.15 views
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Seki-juku post office (modern).15 views
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Seki-juku bulletin board (replica). 高札場15 views
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About the Seki-juku bulletin board used by officials to give official notices to people in Seki-juku. 高札場15 views
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Beauty salon in a traditional building in Seki-juku.15 views
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Old shop sign adds to the townscape's charm.15 views
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Fukuzoji Temple gate. 福蔵寺15 views
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Fukuzoji Temple has Koman's grave. 小万の墓 福蔵寺15 views
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Fukuzoji Temple 福蔵寺15 views
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Jizo-in Temple anchors one end of Seki-juku. It belongs to the Shingon Buddhist Sect, Omuro School. 地蔵院15 views
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Jizo-in Temple, Main Hall is an Important Cultural Property. 地蔵院15 views
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Jizo-in Temple, Main Hall15 views
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Inside Jizo-in Temple, Main Hall.15 views
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Jizo-in Temple's bell tower is also an Important Cultural Property.15 views
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Jizo-in Temple's Jizo statue.15 views
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Jizo-in Temple's Jizo statue.15 views
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Inns in front of Jizo-in Temple.15 views
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Aizu-ya inn in front of Jizo-in Temple. 会津屋15 views
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Hyakugo Bank, Seki Branch 百五銀行 関支店15 views
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Oi house15 views
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Gochisoba plaza used for greeting VIPs arriving Seki-juku. 御馳走場15 views
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Seki-juku was the 47th station or lodging/post town on the old Tokaido Road. It well retains a traditional townscape with a good number of traditional Edo Period buildings including the Honjin and Waki Honjin. 15 viewsSeki-juku is preceded by Kameyama-juku and followed by Sakashita-juku. All three are in the present-day city of Kameyama. Hiroshige also created this woodblock print of Seki-juku in the 1830s. It depicts daimyo staff preparing to leave the Honjin lodge before dawn (notice the still dark sky). Unknown which Honjin it is. (Seki had two Honjin.)
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Stairway to 2nd floor.14 views
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