Shirakabe (white walls) is a street that preserves buildings from the Muromachi era (more than 650 years ago). When you walk on this street, it's almost as if you have time slipped. I will introduce you the Shirakabe Street in Yanai town.
Here in Yanai, the Shirakabe Street is decorated with a lot of goldfish paper lanterns, giving it a very calm atmosphere that overflows with cuteness. The first thing you will notice here is this goldfish.
And they're everywhere!
Why goldfish paper lanterns in the first place? In favor of revitalizing the town of Yanai, it started with the summer festival that used the goldfish lanterns as a motif, and then, they became the symbol of Yanai and were used as decorations.
[Date] 2015, August 1 (Saturday) to August 13 (Thursday)
※ Events are held on the 1st, 8th and 13th.
※ In the case of rain some events will be canceled.
[Location] JR Yanai Station ~ Shirakabe Street area (Yanai center-Yanaitsu)
[Transportation] 1-minute walk from JR Yanai Station.
About 20 minutes by car from Kuga IC, Sanyo Expressway
[Sponsored by] Yanai goldfish lantern festival Council
[Inquiry] Yanai City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Tourism Division,
Of course, here as well.
The Kunimori family's mansion is an important cultural property. It shows us an insight on how merchants' houses looked like at that time.
[Location] Yanai-shi, Yanaitsu, Kanaya 467
[Hours] 9:00 ~ 17:00
[Closed] On Monday, New Year holidays
[Admission] High school students and above 200 yen, junior high school students and below 100 yen
There's a treasure on the second floor.
The reception desk was ingeniously build so as to prevent theft and robbery.
The soy sauce butter cake, made from Yanai's special product "Kanro Shoyu", is secretely gaining popularity.
This butter cake that has a slight taste of soy sauce and it's so delicious you'll never get enough of it. The store's retro appearance is also nice!
I have totally become a fan of the cute goldfish lanters. They are very loved as handicrafts, but you can also experience the making of goldfish lanterns in Kawamura Nobuo workshop.
Kawamura Nobuo workshop
Address: 742-0022 Yanai-shi, Yanaitsu
Hours: 9:00 ~ 17:00
Fee: 1,080 yen
Regular holiday: Friday
How was it? The Shirakabe street in Yanai, where a lot of goldfish paper lanterns welcome you!