Walking through the center of this quaint town in Toyama Prefecture, you’d be forgiven for thinking you have been transported one hundred years into the past. The air is fragrant with the scent of camphor, and the sound of metal tools chipping away at wood can be heard all around. Home to over 120 carpentry workshops and the magnificent Zuisen-ji Temple, Inami is the perfect marriage of traditionalism and artisanal spirit.
Yokamachi-dori, Inami’s main street, is a picturesque glimpse of a bygone era. It’s perfect for a relaxing stroll when visiting this prefecture in Central Japan. Inami is known for its history of traditional wood carving. Peer into shop windows and you’ll see both apprentices and master carvers working side-by-side.
Even without entering a single workshop, one can see the efforts of Inami’s artisans seamlessly integrated into the townscape. Everything from shop signage, mailboxes, and benches have all been carved from wood with stunning attention to detail. A point of interest for all visitors to Inami is the wood-carved phone booth―perfect for photo-ops.
After you’re done soaking up the traditional atmosphere of the main street, head over to Zuisen-ji Temple.
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