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Machiya: The Living History

Yamatokoriyama is home to "machiya," or merchant town houses, and other historical architecture which is seen everywhere along the alleys where hundreds of years' bygone memories are breathing.

Walking along Sannomaru Hall, you will soon reach an unusual street where the Konya River, a one meter width waterway, runs in the center. This area is called Konya-cho, a craftsmen's town, where dye workers gathered in the past. Konya-cho is one of the wards of "Hakomoto-jusan-cho", a kind of a cooperative organization arranged in Hidenaga's times, which was exempted from tax ("chishi" or "jishi") to encourage local industries. Many traditional machiya style houses remain in the city and are being examined with a view toward preserving our town's historical assets.

Alley of Dosenji Town
The town is associated with Dosenji Temple. Walking along the narrow streets, you will find the latticed windowed buildings in line, creating an historical atmosphere.