Once inhabited by samurai, this attractive, well-preserved district (Nagamachi Buke-yashiki) framed by two canals features winding streets lined with tile-roofed mud walls.
Just north of the Asano-gawa, Higashi-chaya-gai (Higashi Geisha District) is an enclave of narrow streets established early in the 19th century for geisha to entertain wealthy patrons. The slatted wooden facades of the geisha houses are romantically preserved. It's very picturesque around sunset, but you won't be the only one snapping photos.
This hilly neighbourhood on the south bank of the Sai-gawa, opposite Katamachi, was established as a first line of defence and contains dozens of temples.