Hatsukame Brewery warehouse!
“Kura” (in Japanese 蔵 or 倉) means “warehouse” or “Storehouse”.
In traditional Japan, especially during the Edo Era, as most of buildings and urba/village structures were made of wood, fires were the bane of society by and large.
However well-protected a fire would consume a house or buildings and all its properties within minutes.
Hence a special building or warehouse was needed to protect goods and properties against such a catastrophe.
But erecting a storehouse solely made of concrete, stones and some metal cost a vast amount of silver and gold and only rich merchants and nobility could afford them. Even castles could not be built entirely of stone then.
This time my good friend, ms. Atsuko Kurata is taking us to Okabe, which was merged some time ago to Fujieda City!
if you do not have a car 8by bicycle is possible, though) you can take a bus from Shizuoka JR Station North Exit!
Take the no 84 or 85 bus from bus stop platform .
It is Chubu Kokudo Line/中部国道線 heading for Fujieda station. Buses leave every 20 minutes.
You will reach your destination in roughly 35 minutes ride.
Get off at Okabesyuku-Kashibaya-Mae/岡部宿柏屋前 bus stop.
The fare is 570 yen for one way. Children under 12 pay half price for 250 yen
You will find Hatsukame jouzou/is right across from the bus stop!
Hatsukame Brewery is a beautiful complex with an ancient house and a kura who will find on its right!
Can you spot the kura?
Behind beautiful pine trees!
When they build the new road the city pulled out all the pine trees on the east side!
Fortunately you can still see the pine trees on one side giving a good idea of the atmosphere around this brewery, the oldest in Shizuoka Prefecture (end of 17th century!)
Another view of the second side of the kura!
A closer view of the beautiful window!
There are actually two more warehouses along the same street!
This one is quite similar to Hatsukame Brewery kura!
For a closer view… It is completely surrounded by other buildings!
The second kura! Very imposing!
Very well preserved!
It is quite tall and certainly requires much maintenance!
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