Time slip into a town that has become an artwork
In a time where cars and trains didn't exist, people travelled by foot. In Kameyama, Mie prefecture, there is a place called Shukuba where people stopped to rest, a town where many inns existed. Why don't you stroll the city and experience the past?
In this tour we visit two towns with an ambiance from the past, Kameyama shuku and Sekishuku. Many buildings from the past are in Kameyama and you can enjoy the castle town of the past. In Sekishuku enjoy Japanese food culture and the city. Try the local tea, with explanation of tea by the shopkeepers.We will also visit a historical pastry shop with an odd history. It was managed by decades of ninjas. Why don't you experience life in the past?
・See many traditional architecture
・Visit different houses and explore Japanese life of the past
・Taste japanese tea and sweets unique to Kameyama
・Learn about the Japanese transportation network
・Tokaido Kameyamashuku no hi (Monument of Tokaido Kameyamashuku): In the Edo period (1603-1868), Tokaido was a major road linking Tokyo and Kyoto. The width and route of Tokaido has changed overtime but the original form has not changed. This time we will visit 2 of the 53 junctions.
・Kameyama-jyo Tamonyagura: (Kameyama Castle): Kameyama was once a castle town. Building of the castle were destroyed during the development of the city. But you can feel the ambiance of the city in Tamonyagura. From here, walk along the highway and enjoy a view of the past.
・ Nomura Ichirizuka: In a time where there were no trains or cars, samurais with high status such as Daimyo travelled by horse. However, most highways were by foort. Milestones have been placed as a sign to mark the distance travelled. There is a moku tree that remains from the time, feel the history of Tokaido.
・ Seki Ichirizuka: Walk to Kameyama juku. See the old townscape of almost 2km. The road that continues to the mountains is the same scenary from 150 years ago.
・ Sekijyuku Hatagotaya Rekishi Shiryoukan: This town has places to rest during your trip. Among them, Tameya was as popular as a big hotel. Today it is a library. Objects of time and historical information related to life of the past remains here.
・ Fukugawaya: It is a pastry shop with over 400 years of history. It is famous for a candy called Sekinoto which has been eaten for hundreds of years. Besides its history, it is a unique shop run by the descendent of a famous ninja.
・Kaneki Ito Hikoichi Shouten: Mie prefecture is well known for its tea across Japan. This shop gathers tea from across Japan and makes tea using unique process. Of course there is a fine selection of tea, but there is also fine preferences to the interior and packaging whereby the shopkeeper's commitment to the shop can be felt.
・Please wear comfortable clothes as you will be walking a lot
・Tour finishing spot is different to meeting spot. Please let you guide know if you would like to change the finishing spot
・Lunch (dinner) spot is not included, but food can be purchased along the way
・Fukugawaya is closed on Thursdays and Kaneki Isecha is closed on Sundays. If other spots are temporarily closed alternative will be taken
The following expenses are not included in the tour fee. Please bring extra money to experience this tour to its fullest.
-Travel expenses and entrance fees (about JPY 1,000)
-Money for food, souvenirs and extra activities not mentioned in the explanation of the tour above.