The Japanese Venice

Good evening minna-san!

Which are your favorite spots to visit when traveling? Do you prefer the hyper-crowded places mentioned in every tourist guide, or maybe the hidden destinations without crowds of tourists? In my very personal opinion, the second ones are always the best!

Well, recently i discovered that in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture there is a place known as “The Venice of Japan” (!). I was a bit astonished, as Venice (the real one) is my hometown, and so i suddenly tried to find more informations about it. Finally, it seems that those few adventurous visitors who go there every year can find a row of 230 wooden boathouses constructed on the water’s edge, which is why basically why it’s nicknamed in that way.

Most of these small buildings were built with garage-style doors that serve as a spot where people can anchor their boats. Since the water remains still and doesn’t feature crashing waves, residents are shielded from storms and can live in wooden homes.

Even though this was initially a fishing town, many of the boathouses have been transformed into lodgings for travelers. Seeing as this locale isn’t listed in most guidebooks, visitors can rest assured that they’ll find some peace and quiet in this dreamy waterside town.
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