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Oiso course : Visit Oiso-ichi Market, other historical places, and enjoy Oiso!

Shonan Area 8h15m

This tour explores many attractive spots in Oiso. The tour starts with a visit to "Oiso Market", which attracts about 5,000 visitors each time. It's a place where people can enjoy a special time that only Oiso can offer, then visit Shigitatsu-an, an old haikai dojo (haiku training center) named after a poem Saigyo Hoshi wrote. The tour also includes a visit to the Former Yoshida Shigeru Residence, which was restored in 2017.

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Oiso Market

The Oiso Market started in September 2010 with the hope to preserve the currently lively Oiso for the younger generation to enjoy. The Oiso Market has about 190 craft and food shops the congregate in the port (Oiso Port), and is the largest morning market in Kanagawa Prefecture. From July to September it is a night market.

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Despite being located next to a national highway, it has a very peaceful Japanese atmosphere. This dojo has been here since a very long time as a training place for Haiku.

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Shimazaki Toson Old House

A 5 minute walk along the Tokaido Line from Oiso Station. Also known as Machiya-en (traditional townhouse), the former residence of Tōson was a three-roomed single story traditional house, with cedar bark used for the outer walls, and Taisho glass (rare nowadays) for the sliding doors. There is also a small garden with a simple Kabuki-mon (gate with a crossbar) surrounded by a bamboo fence.

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Former Residence of Yoshida Shigeru

This is the residence of Shigeru Yoshida (1878-1967), who was the prime minister after the war. Originally, in 1884, his adoptive father Kenzo Yoshida bought the land and built the villa, but he took over it after father's death. From 1945, he made this his main resident and spent the rest of year. This facility restored the residence of Shigeru Yoshida.

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Former Mitsui Villa Area

In the Meiji period, the head of Mitsui Zaibatsu (family-run conglomerate) had a villa in this area. On the grounds were a Japanese garden, tea house (national treasure), and "Shiroyama-sou villa" which had been built with timber taken from famous temples throughout Japan. Now, this historical area has been made into a park surrounded by rich nature and culture. It is loved by many people who c...

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