Kurokabe Square

Top choice area in Nagahama

Kurokabe means 'black walls', and you'll find plenty of them in this photogenic historic district (it's not really a square). Many of the old machiya (townhouses) and kura (storehouses) are now antique shops, galleries and studios showcasing the town's longstanding glass industry. It's about five minutes on foot from Nagahama Station's east exit. Exit left, turn right at the pair of bronze statues and take the first left across from Shiga Bank; Kurokabe Square begins about 100m further on.

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