Kura: Japanese Traditional Warehouses in Shizuoka Prefecture 8: Okabe, Fujieda City with Atsuko Kurata!


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!

OKABE-1-bus-stop 7

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?


Getting close!


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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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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2 thoughts on “Kura: Japanese Traditional Warehouses in Shizuoka Prefecture 8: Okabe, Fujieda City with Atsuko Kurata!”

  1. hi… I love your blog..and after visiting Japan for the first time last fall…I have a stupid question that has nothing to do with this particular post..other that it appears in a photo….You call the trees …pines…what is the exact name….and can you get them in the West? We love them.! and would love to have one in our garden! Again..your posts are wonderful…..and we are truly Janpanese admirers!


    1. Cheers, Margo!
      Actually those pine trees are ancient but common in Japan. They are a variety of matsu/松 called gouyomatu/ゴヨウマツ, Pinus parviflora, or Japanese white pine,also known as Japanese five-needle pine. This is a popular tree for bonsai, and is also grown as an ornamental tree in parks and gardens! I don’t if you could find them in the West, although I know that they are very strong and a bonsai/dwarf tree will grow very quickly if replanted in the nature!
      Best regards,


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