The Yoshiwara area of Maizuru City is about 1.7 kilometers from the nearest railway station, JR Nishimaizuru Station.
During the Edo period, the fishing town was moved from Nishimaizuru to its current location. Boasting a history of 300 years, the town’s narrow roads are positioned like tessellated pavement, and there are canals for the coming and going boats. Despite the long period of time since they were built, the old houses still stand, allowing us to see a sight uncommon in normal fishing towns. The houses are long and narrow, built side by side with hardly any space in between, while the back door connects to the canal, allowing boats to sail directly from the houses. There are about 100 of these houses, which are not unlike the boathouses in Ine, and they can be seen all over the town.
Often dubbed Asia’s Venice, walking through Yoshiwara is like traveling in time back to the 1930s, where you can enjoy the quaint fishing town’s laid-back atmosphere.
- Maizuru Tourism Association: 0773-75-8600
- Higashiyoshiwara, Maizuru City, Kyoto Prefecture
- Train: Get off at Nishimaizuru Station on the JR Maizuru Line or Kyotango Railway Miyamai Line, then walk 25 minutes.
Car: 20 minutes from the Maizurunishi Interchange on the Maizuru-Wakasa Expressway
- Nearby coin parking suggested