Kawasaki Kaiwai, a short 15-20 minute walk from either Uji-shi or Uji-Yamada Station along the Seta River is an area of traditional wooden houses in the historic merchant area of the town.
During the Edo Period the area along the river became prosperous, supplying the pilgrims to Ise Shrine. Goods were brought in by boat along the Seta River and warehouses established. Traditional miso and soy sauce production is still carried on and Kawasaki Kaiwai is also known for its production of Japanese lanterns.
Many of the buildings including some fine merchants' residences have now been restored and occupied by NPOs to showcase local industries and crafts. There are some atmospheric places to eat in the area or stroll on the river bank.
From Nagoya Station, there are express trains to Uji-Yamada in about 90 minutes including the deluxe Kintetsu Ise Shima Liner.
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Friday, August 14, 2009