We would find s famous shop selling Nezuko Getas at the end of the town bloc. Nezuko is a kind of acerose trees including Hinoki. They can collect a huge volume from mountains in Kiso and make high-quality wooden works of it.
In Omata area the mountain-side hill is rushing on the east side of the street, the houses are standing only on the westside. But we would see the old and beautiful townscape from there to Terashita.
Untill Terashita the way goes slightly down, as it comes down from the pass. Here the houses are standing both side of the street. But the row of the houses is disapear just under Kotokuji temple, at which the hill are protruding to the street. And the way turns east slightly.
Just beside the stone stair-way toward the temple, the stone Buddha statue which deified from the saints in the ancient China is standing under a cover-house. On one stone two saints were carved. Such a perculiar statue has never been found in other places.
◆Scene reminding old days◆
Here for some length two ways goes in paralell. The one goes down is the old Kaido and another one upward is the new, built for car traffic. A few guesthouses and shops selling folkcraft-works for tourists are standing along the old one.
The old one turns twice in right angle, hindering by the stone -walled mount and the foundation -work of houses. It is Masugata.
It is because Kaido and the stage-town was some kind of the military institution.
Moreover the geographic location of Kotokuji temple, looking like a castle, had a military significance. It has been on the stone-walled hill, from which theu could watch ovet the town.
The local agency of the Yamamuras' administraion could allocate their soldiers in the precincts of the temple on the hill. The structure that the temple and Masugata were facing each other across the road has military role.
Here the way come at the bottom of the ravine, from here the way goes upward.
A shop selling Nezuko Getas
In Omata the mountain-side is creeping to the street
Many tourists walking on the street
Houses are standing on both side of the street in Terashita zone.
Here the hill retreat from the street.
Just under the Kotokuji temle the hill protruding again. On the hill-foot the stone Buddha statue is deified.
The most old houses stnading side by side