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Stroll Through "Denken" 〜Traditional Architecture Preservation District Asakura City - Akizuki Region〜

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Out of the 110 locations designated as Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings, there are five of them in Fukuoka Prefecture.
Having a high historical value, the Preservation Districts are made up of residential buildings, sceneries, waterways, and settlements.
In this episode, we will introduce you to Akizuki in Asakura City, one of the five Preservation Districts in Fukuoka.

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860m above sea level.

Developed at the foot of Mt. Kosho is Akizuki in Asakura City, Fukuoka Prefecture - Its history goes back to the Akizuki clan of the Kamakura period.
It was then ruled by the Kuroda clan in the later years.

The charm of the old days still remain here today.
This beautiful townscape is now designated as a Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings.

In this episode, we will walk through the historic town of Akizuki.

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The entire town of Akizuki with long-standing old castle town charm has been designated as a Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings.
This is the Remains of Akizuki Castle.
Fukuoka Domain ruler Kuroda Nagaoki in 1624 came to this land and founded this castle.
The Nagayamon Gate initially served as the back door entrance to it.
The Kuromon Gate was relocated here from the site of the Otemon Gate.

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This is Sugi no Baba, a 500m stretch leading to Akizuki Castle.
Some 200 cherry trees would bloom in early spring, creating a beautiful scene of a sakura flower tunnel, drawing a ton of spectators to this location.

Sugi no Baba is also equipped with a local history museum.

Exhibited here are valuable artifacts of the Akizuki-ruling Kuroda clan.
A magnificent stone bridge remains at the entryway of this old castle town.
This arched viaduct was constructed about 200 years ago by stonemasons from Nagasaki ordered and assigned by the 8th Akizuki Domain lord, Kuroda Naganobu.

Asakura City Akizuki Folk Museum
532-2 Akazukinotori, Asakura City
Phone/fax: 0946-25-0405

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This region is also home to many buildings from the Edo period.
The Former Tashiro Residence of the Jionji District - first occupied by the top-raking officials under the 1st domain lord, Nagaoki.

Found here are the prototypical features of samurai residences from the late Edo period - including the main house, the shed, the gate, the earthen wall, the garden, and etc.

The slope in front of the Residence is called "Tsukimi-zaka" (lit. "moon-viewing" slope).
It originates from the fact that Akizuki Castle is to the east of the slope, where the moon would rise just above the tower of the castle during the fall season.

Former Tashiro Residence
1-180 Akizuki, Asakura City
Phone: 0946-22-0001 Fax: 0946-23-0697

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The Hisano-tei - another former residence for top-ranking samurai officials.

The main house is an exquisite 2-story, thatched-roofing construction.
The premises expands over .2ha or 22,000 square footage.

The former living quarter with harmonious, traditional landscape with views of mountains in the back drop is one of the most symbolic gardens of Akizuki.

Hisano-tei
83-2 Akizuki, Asakura City
Phone: 0946-25-0697

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The historic town of Akizuki - a remnant of old townscape.
There are many shops to stop by as well.

One of them is Chikuzen Akizuki Washi-dokoro still creating Japanese paper with the traditional, long-lived method.

Then a primary industry of Kuroda-ruling Akizuki Domain, the Akizuki Japanese paper was in high demand in and around Osaka.
Characterized by its toughness and smooth texture, the paper today offers a variety depending on its intended use.

Chikuzen Akizuki Washi-dokoro
424-2 Akizuki, Asakura City
Phone: 0946-25-0517 Fax: 0946-25-0562

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Developed at the foot of Mt. Kosho is Akizuki in Asakura City, Fukuoka Prefecture - its townscape remaining here sure is a treasure worth preserving for the next generation.

Presenting different aspects in all four seasons, the region is perfect for experiencing the historic ambience.

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