Naramachi is the area to the
south of Kofukuji
and Sarusawa Pond, and Gangoji
temple is included.
In this area, there are many old houses since the 17th century.
As a historic area in Nara, this area is becoming popular.
Originally, this area was in the site of Gangoji.
Since the middle ages, Gangoji had declined and scaled down. So the town had been formed on the old temple site.
In the new town, various traditional industries such as calligraphy brush, inkstick, sword, sake and so on developed.
The this became the central town of Nara.
The area is about 600 meters from north to south and about 900 meters
from east to west.
Gangoji is at the north end of this area.
Narrow streets run and more than s dozen of small temples are dotted.
Most of old wooden houses are "Machiya". It is the traditional
architectural style in Kyoto and Nara.
The frontage is narrow but deep. And most of them are two-story or three-story buildings.
After we enter the house, we find a long and straight earth floor like a street. And the rooms are along the earth floor.
Some of the houses have a narrow courtyard.
"Naramachi Koshi-no-ie" located at the south part of this area is a restored Machiya for visitors. We can see the structure of Machiya here.
In the area, there are also some other small museums.
About 15-30 minutes from JR Nara station.
About 7-20 minutes from Kintetsu nara station.