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Address: Sawara, Katori 287-0003, Chiba Prefecture
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From what I gather, Sawara and Katori are actually two different towns now under common administration. I took a train from Narita to Sawara station, a 45 minute train ride. I... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From what I gather, Sawara and Katori are actually two different towns now under common administration. I took a train from Narita to Sawara station, a 45 minute train ride. I walked around the town and the old section of town. Here along a narrow, walled river are streets on both banks with old style Japanese houses, shops etc alongside.... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

This co called "Little Edo" is a town where you can experience back in Edo period. Many historical buildings to see. There is a free car parking spot near the "Yasaka Shrine". If you come early, you might be able to get one.

Thank Shantylee827
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Reviewed 7 June 2016 via mobile

Sawara is a small city that has nostalgic riverside views such as traditional Japanese wooden house, wooden bridge. People are open-minded and they welcome travelers. You can find humorous handicrafts like papier-marche animals at a gift shop. The colors are vivid, so those items make you feel happy. If you have enough time, why don't you try to get on... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 17 September 2015

A calm and historic town centre with some good places to relax and grab lunch or a coffee. Lot's of classic buildings.

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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed 10 May 2015

The old town in Sawara is a miniature Edo, showing buildings like they were found in old Tokyo. Sahara is 30 min by local train from Narita JR station. The trip is a jewel in itself, slowly passing the rice paddies and the workers looking after them. The train leaves every hour, and traveling with no guide is not a... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 24 January 2015

I was here for the Sawara-no-Taisai summer festival, which was somewhat similar to Gion Matsuri with parade of floats but on a very much smaller scale. While Gion Matsuri was held in a large city with much modern buildings, Sawara's summer festival gave a different feeling as the surrounding structure are traditional houses (restored/preserved from the Edo period), and not... More 

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Reviewed 29 March 2014

Sawara Town makes me feel like I walk in the 18 century. There are many old shops and houses made of wood and preserved well. Many of them show off their own antique in the shop as voluntary museums. I had a delicious Japanese lunch and found another nice French and Italian restaurants and cafes there. My friend bought a... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 19 July 2013

Sawara 「佐原」 is known as “Little Edo” due to the preservation of traditional residences, merchant shops and warehouses from the Edo Period. You can take a boat ride along the river to soak in the atmosphere or have a wander along the streets to have a closer look at the historical buildings. Weeping willows found along the river make it... More 

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