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Kanazawa’s Edo Period high street: Owari-cho

Located on the way to Higashi Chaya District from Omi-cho Market, the Owari-cho area was a bustling merchant district during the Edo period. Merchants here were the richest and most influential, and a few of the old merchant houses survive to this day. As you walk through down the main street dotted with large merchant houses and picturesque old houses, you will see that this district has lost none of its character.

We recommend that you stop by the Shinise Koryukan (老舗交流館) (9:00-17:00, closed on Tuesdays, admission free) located halfway down the street. This merchant house dating back to the Taisho period (1912-1926) has lots of character and offers a rest space and Wi-Fi in addition to its main exhibition of old homeware goods.

Two new facilities have recently been added to this old merchant area: a shopping mall called KANAZAWA HAKOMACHI located at one end of the street (opposite Omi-cho market), and the YANAGI SORI DESIGN MEMORIAL, a museum located at the other end of the street.