Several of the historic towns in Japan sprouted because they were near castles or were rest stops used by travellers in the Edo period. We went to a couple of them, but one we stumbled upon while hunting for a rest stop (hey!) on our way to Yokohama.
I love old things and the stories they tell. With some imagination, assisted by young ladies clad in kimonos walking about and some reading, life people lived centuries ago was not hard to fathom.
Takayama, Gifu Prefecture
Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture