Continuing my exploration of Ogimachi, I walked some more through the parts of the village with the most gassho-zukuri farmhouses. Everything was still wet from the recent rain and the cloudy sky didn’t make for the best lighting conditions but it was still really cool to be walking through this famous mountain village.
The second museum that I visited in Ogimachi was the Kanda House. Like the Wada House, the upper levels of the Kanda House doubled as both a storage area and a workspace. As part of the entry fee, visitors to the Kanda House can enjoy a free cup of tea and I remember there was a TV in the house that played a short video detailing the building’s history. The thing that most caught my eye was the collection of saws and other tools in the house’s workshop.
After leaving the Kanda House I hurried around Ogimachi, trying to cover as much ground as possible. There were a lot of people visiting Ogimachi that day but I was able to navigate through the crowds and see most of the village. A few trees in Ogimachi still had their peak autumn colors that added splashes of red and yellow to the landscape. As I came back to the middle of the village I checked my phone and saw that I was rapidly running out of time but I decided I would get in one final bit of sightseeing before leaving Ogimachi, which I’ll cover in tomorrow’s post.