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ABOUT

About Kumagawa-juku

Blessed with an abundance of seafood from the Sea of ​​Japan, Wakasa has been delivering seafood to Kyoto, the old capital of Japan, since ancient times. It was also at the crossroads of trade where the sea route leading to the continent and the land route leading to the capital met. Large volumes of mackerel were being transported via this route connecting Wakasa and the capital. As time passed, the name 'Saba Kaido', which literally translates to 'Mackerel Route', became widely used to refer to this route.

Kumagawa-juku was the largest post town on the 'Saba Kaido', and it was a stopover destination between Wakasa and the capital. Kumagawa-juku developed into a town that still remains as it is today because it was designated as a post town in the 16th century. Starting out as a sleepy village with only about 40 houses, Kumagawa developed into a post town with over 200 houses. It also functioned as a border town between Wakasa and Omi during the Edo period.

With all these history behind it, the street spanning 1.1km was designated as one of Japan's 'Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings' in 1996 and registered as part of the 'Japanese Heritage, First Edition' in 2015.

Operator

Yao-kumagawa is a lodging facility offering local experiences operated by Dekita Inc.. Based in Kumagawa-juku, Dekita Inc. is involved in the activation of historical resources and regeneration of traditional folk houses. Yao-kumagawa is a 'scattered' lodging facility comprising a group of renovated traditional folk houses in Kumagawa-juku. The purpose of this project is to preserve Wakasa's historical landscape and natural environment.
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