Just northeast of Narita City, a small historic town lies with its ancient face. Sawara is known to retain a classic Edo atmosphere, with old streets, traditional wooden townhouses and shops, which line along an old wooden-fenced Sawara Canal and crossed by several bridges. Visiting on a clear day would take you back to the relaxed atmosphere of old Japan, but after the rain would be a thousand times better.
I was on my hour long trip to the northern area of Chiba Prefecture when the rain started pouring, and my mood began to drop. With not many options to take, I resumed my plan and went on to Sawara. Fortunately, the rainfall slowed down as I stepped out of the station. I walked towards the canal, against the chilly wind and through the puddles, only to discover that my decision to explore “Little Edo” after rain is worth the effort.
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A traveler, budding travel writer, and amateur author. Writing is my way to redo my amazing journey all over again. I started "Cheating the World" project and with it, I've made two of my annual trips in a form of a book: "Cheating Southern Vietnam", and "Cheating Hong Kong & Macau" (still in Bahasa Indonesia, sorry...). Japan? Of course it's on top of my writing list. It was too good to not be recorded.