Chestnut Lane

One of the Machinami Shukei Jigyo's projects was the creation of a path paved with chestnut wood. Afterwards there were strong requests from the visitors, and a chestnut tree was moved there from Obusedo's chestnut orchard, making the path into a Chestnut Lane.

Chestnut wood is quite waterproof and was once even used for railroad ties. If you try walking on the path, you'll feel the warmth and softness of the wood beneath your feet which is enjoyed by visitors to Obuse.


Machinami Shukei Jigyo
Machinami Shukei Jigyo (Townscape Beautification Project) is the name of the group from 1980-87 that beautifully reconstructed the Obusedo grounds from the perspective of the local residents. They held many talks giving equal standing to the government, corporations, and private citizens, and were able to form an arrangement favorable to all through trading or leasing land. This new way of creating a beautiful townscape with harmony between new and old structures relying only on the effort of the citizens, not government subsidies is called the "Obuse Method" and has held the attention of the entire nation to this day.