Edo Period (江戸時代) is the time during the 16th and 18th century in Japan, This is a stable period of time before Meiji Restoration and the development of modern japan. Lots of Japanese historical buildings and cultural activities are created and developed. A small interesting fact is that the worldwide famous nigiri sushi (握り寿司) was actually created at that period of time.
If you started feeling more interested in the Edo lifestyle. Why not visiting the below villages in Japan?
Kawagoe (川越) – the little Edo (小江戸)
Kawagoe-shi, Saitama Prefecture (埼玉県川越市)
Kawagoe is an Edo-period castle town, located an hour by train from Tokyo. It is known for its old warehouses, merchants street, and the candy alley selling traditional Japanese sweets. The most lovely experience is that during the spring season, there will be series of cultural activities there, and you can do boating on the river where sakura / cherry blossoms line up from both sides and reflect themselves on the river mirror. The pedals freed themselves from the sakura and rest on the river while the boats are distributing their silence.
Kura-no-machi (蔵の街) – a calm little Edo Street
Tochigi-shi, Tochigi Prefecture (栃木県栃木市)
At the city centre of Tochigi, Kura-no-machi is calm and cozy with the well-preserved old houses lining up the streets. You can take a boat trip to move along the river there, appreciating the old buildings at both sides of the river while the boat driver is singing the traditional songs for you.
If you love strawberries, there is a all-you-can-eat strawberry farm called Aguri-no-sato (アグリの郷), few minutes by local train from Kura-no-machi. There is a special variety of big strawberry called Tochihime (とちひめ) which is very juicy and does not exist in the market. This can make your trip perfect.
Nikko Edomura (日光江戸村) – be an Edo period citizen
Nikko-shi, Tochigi Prefecture (栃木県日光市)
Edo Wonderland / Nikko Edomura is a theme park constructed as an old Edo-Period village of Japan, located 3 hours by train from Tokyo. There are lots of Japanese cultural shows in it. There are ninjas walking on the roofs of the houses. People are dressed up in Edo-style clothings. The most exciting part is that, you can actually dress up as an Edo village citizen!
Toei Uzumasa Eigamura (東映太秦映画村) – inside the movies and TV shows
Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu (京都市京都府)
Toei Uzumasa Eigamura, also know as Kyoto Studio Park, is located close it Arashiyama (嵐山) in Kyoto. This is not only an edo-theme park, but is the actual filming studio of thousands of Japanese period dramas (jidaigeki films) by Toei, the producer of several movies and TV shows including our childhood heros series: Super Sentai (スーパー戦隊シリーズ) and Kamen Rider (仮面ライダー). Not only can you dress up as Geisha, ninja or samurai, etc., but you can also witness the behind-the-scene movie productions and enjoy the numerous experiences and shows inside the park.
Noboribetsu Date Jidaimura (登別伊達時代村) – its house of monsters and cat temple
Noboribetsu, Hokkaido Prefecture (北海道中登別町)
Noboribetsu Date Jidaimura is smaller than both Edomura in Nikko and Toei Uzumasa Eigamura in Kyoto. The distinct parts of this edo town are the House of Ghosts and Monsters, which is the home of the legendary Yokai (妖怪) in Japan, as well as the haunted Cat Temple, which displayed roles of big and small golden lucky cats to hide the “real residents”.