History of Sawara begins from Third century. It was owned by Katori Shrine and around 14th century, it was very important town for military and economy. After Iyeyasu opened his government at Edo, Sawara becomes very important transit town for the trade markets which connect Edo and Northern area. At this time, foods, Sake, Soy Sauce were exported to Edo, and clothes, household goods, and groceries are imported here in Sawara. Many traders from North are visit here to buy those Edo goods.
Sawara is still called “Koedo,” Little Edo. There are many Edo style building and they are used for many restaurants, gift shops or hotels. The town is developed along the side of Ono river which is used to be a canal during the Edo period. The view is well preserved, so it offers all travelers the view of Edo.