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Kuroshima District 黒島(重要伝統的建造物群保存地区)

Historic neighborhood of shipping tycoons and their houses

Wajima’s Kuroshima district was once home to wealthy owners and captains of kitamaebune, wooden cargo ships that traded at ports along the Sea of Japan coast from the Edo period (1603–1867) to the turn of the twentieth century.

This historic district retains its Edo-period architecture of black-tiled roofs, wood-paneled walls, and lattice doors. The restored Kadomi Residence shows what the traditional interior of a kitamaebune shipowner’s home would have looked like. Learn more about Kuroshima and kitamaebune at the Tenryo-Kitamaebune Museum.

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