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Suhara Post Town

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It is a historic post-town which flourished and the oldest in the Kiso valley. The width of the road is wider than other post towns. There are distinct slopes, Old stone building surrounds and waterway flowing throughout the town, all the remnants of the past. Flower pickles have been a well known as the specialty of the town since the Edo period.
Its springs of water have been bubbling up there since early times. There are also many springs around the town that can be seen pouring into carved out logs. These water places are continuing to be maintained by the residents.

Nearest station: Suhara Station, on the JR Tokai Chuo line
Location: Okuwa Village, Kiso District, Nagano

Attraction 1 : Carved Log Water Tubs of Suhara Post Town

The street has water tubs carved out of logs. Such scenes could only be found in a place blessed with plenty of spring water.
Spring water is ducted into the houses via bamboo gutters and pipes and then guided to the water tubs. People first wash fruit, and then dishes, before letting the water overflow down into a pond. Leftover food scraps dropped from washed dishes fall down to the bottom of the pond where Fish feed on them. Other remains become the sediment that settle and are absorbed into the soil. Water that has flowed through the water barge is also used to irrigate backyard gardens and finally run down into the river.
You can see people living together at one with nature here.

Attraction 2 : Jyoshoji (important cultural asset)

Jyoshoji temple in the Suhara Post Town belongs to the Myosin sect of the Rinzai School of Buddhism and is its oldest temple. The main hall, priest's quarters and temple gate are designated as 'national important cultural assets'. You can savor the magnificence of its dry garden style, its weeping cherry tree in spring and maple in autumn. The weeping cherry tree at temple gate is estimated to be 400 years old. It is a pale-pink blossomed single tree that showcases the temple gate.