This route takes you on a tour of Ino Tadataka Museum, which displays items designated as national treasures; the historical district of Sawara, which has been designated a national important preservation district for groups of traditional buildings; and Suigo Sawara Dashi Kaikan, a museum that displays festival floats used in the Sawara Float Festival, which has been registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.
This museum houses a lot of Tadataka's exploits, such as maps of Japan, tools, and other things tracing the process of map making.
It is a house where Tadataka Inoh (1745-1821) who made an accurate Japanese maps for the first time in Japan lived for 30 years.
Sawara is situated on the banks of the Tonegawa River, and the city prospered as a hub for shipping to Edo. Traditional buildings line the roads in the Sawara district, creating a valuable historical townscape. It is a national preservation district for groups of traditional buildings.
Two floats on display seen up close. The one drawn in July and the ocher in October are changed once a year. Each figure shows off its real power and strongly appeals to visitors.