There are not so many hotels in the middle of rural areas here in Japan. And even if you can find one, they tend to be of the monotonous chain hotel variety. Hotel Kagetsu, in the heart of old town Kurobane, is reasonably priced, but is full of charm. All the guest rooms face the beautiful Naka River, with 200-year-old houses and warehouses located all along the road, and with various local foods served at breakfast. In the Edo period (1603-1868) Kurobane prospered as a business center of a river transport route between Tohoku and Edo.
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。