Cycling Japan – day 45 – Tono sightseeing

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  • Day 45 – Tono sightseeing
  • Weather: hot
  • Accommodation: Tono Youth Hostel, ¥3,400

I slept in and had a relaxing morning before deciding it was time to go and explore this wonderful area. The main recommended sight was the Furusato village with a collection of traditional thatched-roof farmhouse buildings, so I went there first. It was a scorcher of a day!

A Kappa on a bridge in Tono City

A Kappa on a bridge in Tono City

After being warned by many people here about bears, I was a bit anxious when Komoot took me off-road for the 5km to get to the Furusato village. Of course there was a road I could’ve taken, but to be honest, it was a stunning route through the forest and I never would’ve found it otherwise.

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Komoot takes me off-road in Tono

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Passing an old memorial in the hills surrounding Tono

Passing an old memorial in the hills surrounding Tono

Farmhouses in Tono

Farmhouses in Tono

The following photos were all taken at the Tono Furusato Village which reminded me a lot of the Hida folk village in Takayama. Except here, the houses are called ‘magariya‘ which means bent houses as they were L-shaped. These houses were built to house not only people but horses which were almost considered more important than people and were given the best room, the bottom of the ‘L’ which had the most sunlight.

Many of the houses had wood fires burning inside so it felt like I was stepping back in time when I walked into each house. I left smelling like smoke and I absolutely loved it there.

Old 'L-shaped' (magariya) thatched roof farmhouses in Tono Furusato Village

Old ‘L-shaped’ (magariya) thatched roof farmhouses in Tono Furusato Village

Inside an old 'L-shaped' (magariya) thatched roof farmhouse in Tono Furusato Village

Inside an old ‘L-shaped’ (magariya) thatched roof farmhouse in Tono Furusato Village

Old 'L-shaped' (magariya) thatched roof farmhouses in Tono Furusato Village

Cranes painted onto the wallpaper

Cranes painted onto the wallpaper

Cranes painted onto the wallpaper

Old 'L-shaped' (magariya) thatched roof farmhouses in Tono Furusato Village

Old ‘L-shaped’ (magariya) thatched roof farmhouses in Tono Furusato Village

Old 'L-shaped' (magariya) thatched roof farmhouses in Tono Furusato Village

Old ‘L-shaped’ (magariya) thatched roof farmhouses in Tono Furusato Village

Momiji maple leaves in Tono

Momiji maples leaves in Tono

Does anyone know what this is?

Does anyone know what this is?

Old 'L-shaped' (magariya) thatched roof farmhouses in Tono Furusato Village

Old ‘L-shaped’ (magariya) thatched roof farmhouses in Tono Furusato Village

Old 'L-shaped' (magariya) thatched roof farmhouses in Tono Furusato Village

Tono, Iwate Prefecture

Tono, Iwate Prefecture

Horses were the most important part of life in the old days here in Tono

Horses were the most important part of life in the old days here in Tono

Old farmhouses in Tono

Old farmhouses in Tono

Old 'L-shaped' (magariya) thatched roof farmhouses in Tono Furusato Village

Old ‘L-shaped’ (magariya) thatched roof farmhouses in Tono Furusato Village

A Shinto shrine at the Tono Furusato Village

A Shinto shrine at the Tono Furusato Village

Old 'L-shaped' (magariya) thatched roof farmhouses in Tono Furusato Village

Old ‘L-shaped’ (magariya) thatched roof farmhouses in Tono Furusato Village

Azaleas in Tono

Azaleas in Tono

An old warehouse at the Tono Furusato Village

An old warehouse at the Tono Furusato Village

I had this delicious tempura set meal for lunch at the Tono Furusato Village

I had this delicious tempura set meal for lunch at the Tono Furusato Village

Old farmhouses in Tono

Old farmhouses in Tono

The Kappabuchi pool in Tono

The Kappabuchi pool in Tono

The Kappabuchi pool in Tono

The Kappabuchi pool in Tono

A Kappa figure near the Kappabuchi pool

A Kappa figure near the Kappabuchi pool

A Kappa figure near the Kappabuchi pool

A Kappa figure near the Kappabuchi pool

Growing rice to plant in the rice paddies

Growing rice to plant in the rice paddies

A Kappa 'komainu' guardian dog at Jokenji temple near the Kappabuchi pool, Tono

A Kappa ‘komainu’ guardian dog at Jokenji temple near the Kappabuchi pool, Tono

A Kappa 'komainu' guardian dog at Jokenji temple near the Kappabuchi pool, Tono

A Kappa ‘komainu’ guardian dog at Jokenji temple near the Kappabuchi pool, Tono

Dinner at Tono Youth Hostel

Dinner at Tono Youth Hostel

I loved Tono and would highly recommend this area for a weekend visit. It’s not so hard to access either considering there’s a local train station here and a shinkansen bullet line nearby.

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