JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Most viewed - Gokasho Museums 五個荘の資料館・博物館
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Former residence of Omi merchant Fujii Hikoshiro (1876-1956) (藤井 彦四郎邸). Now a history museum.159 views
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Omi merchant statue.143 views
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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).139 viewsOhmi Railways Gokasho Station 近江鉄道五箇所駅
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Road to Mt. Kinugasa.92 views
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Inside the bus for Notogawa Station, about 15 min. ride.90 views
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Iki-ikikan-mae bus stop for JR Notogawa Station.89 views
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Fresh produce grown by local farmers. They don't use pesticides.56 views
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Old photos of Omi merchants carrying their trademark "tenbin" pole.55 views
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Omi merchant dolls52 views
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Senbei crackers51 views
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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.50 views
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Furo bath made of wood.47 views
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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44 views
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Omi merchant statue.44 views
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Tags and certificates.44 views
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Shopkeep's desk44 views
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Main guest room 主客間43 views
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Old photos of Omi merchants43 views
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Ohmi Railways Gokasho Station building as seen from the train platform.42 views
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Stone monument for the local Obata shonin merchants.42 views
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Foyer of house 玄関42 views
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Another guest meeting room 客間42 views
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Main guest room42 views
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Kitchen42 views
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Ohmi Railways Gokasho Station train platform.41 views
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Entrance room41 views
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Shopkeeper41 views
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In front of Gokasho Station is a map and stone monument.40 views
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Old Sprite sign40 views
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Entrance to the former residence of Omi merchant Fujii Hikoshiro (1876-1956) (藤井 彦四郎邸)40 views
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Corridor to rooms and garden.40 views
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Main guest room40 views
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Exterior view40 views
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Pine tree in garden40 views
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Kitchen area40 views
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Ohmi Merchant Museum40 views
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Anpukuji temple 安福寺40 views
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Oshiro Shrine torii 大城神社40 views
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Lobby of Iki-ikikan40 views
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Record books39 views
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Signs39 views
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Flower farm39 views
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Joeiji temple 浄栄寺39 views
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Another sign.38 views
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Bust of Fujii Hikoshiro38 views
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Guest meeting room 客間38 views
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Spacious garden outside Fujii Hikoshiro house (in background)38 views
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Ohmi Merchant Museum38 views
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Ohmi Merchant Museum is on the 3rd floor of this building. 近江商人博物館 Map38 views
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Baba-dori street 馬場通り38 views
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Fire dept.38 views
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Omi merchant display37 views
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Sign showing the way to Omi merchant homes.37 views
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Joeiji temple37 views
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Ohmi Railways Gokasho Station, waiting room.36 views
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Road in front of the train station.36 views
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Signs36 views
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Swing-down ladder to enter upper floor.36 views
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Omi merchant profiles36 views
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Cable TV notice.36 views
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Scenery along the route to the Omi Merchant Museum 15 min. walk away.36 views
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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36 views
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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36 views
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Spacious garden and Fujii Hikoshiro house35 views
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Statue of Fujii Hikoshiro35 views
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Western-style room35 views
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Western-style room35 views
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Tokonoma alcove35 views
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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.34 views
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Gokasho is a rural town.34 views
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Exterior view34 views
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Spacious garden outside Fujii Hikoshiro house34 views
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Obata dolls 小幡人形34 views
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Storage area33 views
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Garden30 views
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More display cases30 views
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