Just opposite JR Enzan Station is a truly amazing place! A large Edo Era home and a collection of smaller buildings have been preserved as a kind of history park. If you translate the name, Kanzo Yashiki, into English, it means Licorice House. I gather that in Edo Era licorice was used for medicinal purposes. After exploring the garden and outbuildings, which include stables and a building currently being used as a library, I paid a small fee to enter the main house. I was served cold tea and peach slices, and plied with photo albums and brochures full of tantalizing images of persimmon stringing, koto concerts and Hinamatsuri displays. Incidentally, you can hire bicycles here for exploring Enzan's many other attractions.
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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for one year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for nine years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014. I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.