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Most Feel Nostalgia Town Of Kanagi

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1. Town of Kanagi

Kanagi is an old small town. With just a short walk around its streets, visitors can see many impressive places where they can experience the vanishing North Eastern Japanese traditional cultures. Come and see Kanagi by the vintage local line, “Tsugaru Railway Line” or a 20 minute drive from Goshogawara Station. During winter seasons, the train’s railcars have not only been serving its riders but also their hearts with its cozy warmth of its coal stove for almost 90 years.

Point of Interest 1―Shayokan – Osamu Dazai Memorial Hall

Shayokan is a manor house built in the early 20th century using lavish amounts of fine hinoki timber harvested in the area. The well-preserved estate and its garden measures 2,244m2 (24,294ft2) in total and visitors can freely explore the entire residence. The first floor has 11 rooms measuring a total of 917m2 (9,891ft2) in floor area while the second floor has 8 rooms measuring 383m2 (4,127ft2). It was built by a great landlord who was also a regional banker during Japan’s industrial revolution. It is now registered as Japan’s important cultural property as one of the most representative examples of modern Japanese style estates. The son of the original owner of the house was Osamu Dazai who was a writer active in the first half of the 20th century. Since his works are so popular to this day, the house has a display corner dedicated to him. This beautiful architecture can be reached by car in 20 minutes from Tachineputa Museum, or a 7 minute walk from Kanagi Station.

Point of Interest 2―Tsugaru Shamisen Kaikan

The Tsugaru Shamisen is a traditional music genre often referred to as the Japanese blues. Its music is known for its expressive sounds that are fiercely energetic with a dose of melancholy notes. Shamisen is a string instrument that shares its background with lute. In recitals, ones with the thickest bachi (a plec-trum) and largest bodies are used out of the different types that exist in Japan. They are played by not only strumming the strings with bachi but it is also played by beating the body like a drum. It used to be an instrument played by blind men who were strolling musicians. They would visit villages entertaining people with their music and songs. Kanagi is the birthplace of such culture. At the Tsugaru Shamisen Kaikan (Tsugaru Shamisen Hall) visitors can listen to live music multiple times at a scheduled time every day. There is even a trial program to test your Shamisen skills. The hall is right across from Shayokan.

Further Afield―Ashino Park

Home to 1,500 cherry blossoms and 1,800 pines, Ashino Park is a beautiful park with a lake at its heart. People can enjoy the summer on boats and the scarlet Japanese maples during autumn. The park’s most famous highlight is the magnificent spectacle during cherry blossom seasons from late April till early May. Every year, many amateur photographers come to capture the photogenic scenery where the local short train weaves through the cloud of cherry blossoms. Ashino Koen Station is the neighboring station to Kanagi Station and its former station building is preserved as a registered tangible property where it is now a café. Come and see with just a 15 minute walk from Tsugaru Shamisen Kaikan.

2. Notes

Shayokan―Osamu Dazai Memorial Hall

Address: 412-1 Ashiyama, Kanagicho, Goshogawara City, Aomori Prefecture, 037-0202
Tel: +81-(0)173-53-2020
Opening times: May to Oct 8:30 – 18:00, Nov to Apr 9:00 – 17:00
Closed: Dec 29
Admission: JPY 500 (Tsugaru Shamisen Kaikan combo pass: JPY 900)

Tsugaru Shamisen Kaikan (only in Japanese)

Address: 189-3 Ashiyama, Kanagicho, Goshogawara City, Aomori Prefecture, 037-0202
Tel: +81-(0)173-54-1616
Opening times: May to Oct 8:30 – 18:00, Nov to Apr 9:00 – 17:00
Closed: Dec 29
Admission: JPY 500 (Shayokan combo pass: JPY 900)

Ashino Park

Address: Kanagicho, Goshogawara City, Aomori Prefecture, 037-0202
Direct access from Ashino Koen Station of the Tsugaru Railway Line
Open year round, no entrance fee

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