Oharai-machi, Ise City
Oharai-machi is unique purification town in Mie Prefecture. Sitting at the entrance to Ise Jingū, the most sacred Shinto shrine in all of Japan. It retains a lot of the old merchant spirit, with sake cellars, centuries-old sweet stores, and traditional street-cart vendors. Traditional wooden buildings on the street use the same Tsumairi gable architectural style that’s also used in Japanese religious buildings.