Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Hita Preservation District

 

Hita is a small town in Oita, close to the border with Fukuoka, and on the Mikuma River, which runs into the Chikugo River.


The old part of town is called Mamedamachi, and is a Preservation District with streets of old buildings from various times in the Edo Period.


Due in large part to its location in the middle of northern Kyushu, with well established roads and river transport routes radiating out to other parts of Kyushu, it was pretty much the political and economic capital of Kyushu for several hundred years.


First it was directly controlled by Hideyoshi, and then his successor, Tokugawa Ieyasu. Following him it was controlled by the Bakufu, and as such was known as a tenryo town.


Certain sections of the old town are very tourist-oriented with lots of gifts shops etc, though there are a few small museums and some temples.


I will be posting about various sites in the town over the next few weeks.


I was here on day 53 of my walk along the Kyushu Pilgrimage.


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