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Kanzo Yashiki House

Edo Era residence preserved as a History Park

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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