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I'm glad to intorduce an old town, Jinaimachi, Tondabayashi, Osaka, Japan as a national historic district and heritage site.

It takes 30 minutes from Osaka city to Tondabayashi station by Kintetsu railways. A 10-minutes walk will take you to the historic town.

lET'S INTRODUCE jAPANESE lIFE AND cULTURE IN eNGLISH!

Tourist guide to Jinaimachi town, Tondabayashi, a histric district and heritage site of Japan - Let's introduce Japanese life and culture in English!
 
Kirameki Factory
  
Jyounomon-suji Street
the 100 selections of roads in Japan

iphoto by Mr. Takahiro Nakaij
The seminar sessions are to be held by Mr. Naoya Okutani, a government-licensed tour guide specially for those who want to introduce Japanese life and culture, who are interested in international exchange activities, and foreign residents living in Japan, through Tondabayashi Jinaimachi where Japanese traditional culture still remains. Why donft you join us?

In the year of 2015, the number of the foreign visitors to Japan counted 19,730,000 and became best in history. A tendency to increase continues this year. Since issuance requirements of the stay visa for tourists to Japan and tax-free article purchase restrictions were largely relaxed, and the Japanese Yen has been depreciated, Japan attracts more and more foreigner tourists. In Japan, there are a lot of touristsf attractions for foreigners such as seasonal beautiful nature, scenic beauty spots showing various expressions, traditional buildings integrated with history and cultures , industrial art products supported by craftsmanship technique, the Japanese foods which were chosen in world's cultural heritage, reliable safe society, coexistence and fusion of the traditional culture and Western culture, the heart of the warm hospitality of the Japanese.

Recently due to the increase of repeated foreign individual visitors to Japan, more and more foreign travelers visit the little-known spots where even Japanese did not readily notice other than the usual popular course of so-called Golden route, that is, Tokyo, Mount Fuji, Kyoto, Osaka. The information dispatch on the Internet including SNS has a big influence, too.On the other hand, the areas and the local governments which begin to maintain the system from a sightseeing viewpoint to increase the acceptance of foreign tourists toward activation of the domestic regional economy and society where a population decline continues by low birthrate and aging increase.@

Scenic Tondabayashi is close to  Osaka city and, Tondabayashi Jinaimachi, a historic townscape district with a long history from the age of civil wars and has became the precious regional sightseeing resources. I hope that more foreign tourists visit Tondabayashi Jinaimachi historic district.  At first I have a local shopkeeper, those who are interested in an international exchange, and foreign students understand tourist attractions of the townscape, and want to increase improvement of the hospitality power and increase information dispatch from the grass-root.

I planned a seminar as a part of new initiative to make foreigner tourist acceptance system in Jinaimachi on Saturday, February 20, 2016. (sponsored by Local community promotion board by agriculture, food and tourism)
 
The former residence of the Tanaka family
 
The former residence of the Tanaka family
Let's learn the history and Japanese culture of Jinaimachi from an tour guiding interpreter.

1. yDate & Timez: February 20, 2016, Saturday , 10:00 to 14:30
2. yVenuez: Tondabayashi Tourist Information Center (Kirameki Factory) , located in front of Tondabayashi station
3. yLecturerz: Mr. Naoya Okutani, a goverment-licensed tour guide
4. yParticipation feez: Free of charge

5. yAdmittance capacityz: 15 persons (advanced booking required)
6. yProgramz:
10:00 to 12:30 lecture session at Tondabayashi Tourist Information Center (Kirameki Factory)
12:30 to 13:30 lunch

13:30 to 14:30 workshop session at the former Tanaka family residence
7. yOrganizerz: Local community promotion board by agriculture, food and tourism
8. yInquiry and applicationzPhone: 06-6624-8555 10:00-18:00, administration office of Local community promotion board by agriculture, food and tourism at Impregion Co. Ltd. Osaka, Japan


20160220 Guide presentation in English (PDF)
Feb. 27, 2016
yupdatezTravelogues by Author - Series No. 35 Jinaimachi seminar for guiding foreign visitors in Jinaimachi historic district in English held on February 20, 2016
 
 Minami Kaisho Avenue
 
Jyounomon-suji Street
the 100 selections of roads in Japan

iPhoto by Ms. Eiko Yanagidaj
Guidede Monitor Tour in English at Spring Hina Meguri Dolls Festival in Jinaimachi

1. yDate & Timez: March 13, 2016, Sunday , 10:00 to 13:30
2. yVenuez: Assembly at Jinaimachi Visitor Center (Jinaimachi Kouryuukan) , a 10-minute walk from Tondabayashi station. The guided tour goes around Jinaimachi historic district of Jinaimachi.
3. yTour Guidez: Mr. Naoya Okutani, a goverment-licensed tour guide
4. yParticipation feez: Yen 800- per person (for lunch)

5. yAdmittance capacityz: 15 persons (advanced booking required)
6. yProgramz:
10:00 to 12:15 guided tour at Hina Meguri Dolls Festival
12:30 to 13:30 lunch
at The Nakamura family resiudence (not usualy open to public)
7. yOrganizerz: Local community promotion board by agriculture, food and tourism
8. yInquiry and applicationzPhone: 06-6624-8555 10:00-18:00, administration office of Local community promotion board by agriculture, food and tourism at Impregion Co. Ltd. Osaka, Japan


20160313 Guide presentation in English (PDF)
 
Koushouji temple
  
Minami Kaisho Avenue
 
Kobai Kura warehouse
iphoto by Mr. Takahiro Nakaij
 
The Nakamura family residence
iphoto by Mr. Takahiro Nakaij

Koushouji temple
iphoto by Mr. Takahiro Nakaij
 
Koushouji temple
iphoto by Mr. Takahiro Nakaij
yTourist guide to Jinaimachi town, Tondabayashi, a historic district and heritage site of Japan,Travelogues by Author - Series Vol. 35 Jinaimachi Seminar in Englishz
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Information


Jinaimachi in Tondabayashii
Jyounomon-suji streetj

Photo: provided by Tondabayashi Municipality, unauthorized copying and replication are strictly prohibited.


National conservation district of valuable traditional buildings


Jinaimachi town, a part of Tondabayashi-cho located in Tonadabayashi city has been chosen as a national conservation district of valuable traditional buildings since 1997, which is only selected in Osaka Prefecture. Among approximately 500 buildings in the town, 181 buildings built during the period from the Edo era to the early Showa era have been identified as traditional buildings.
 

An application for prior approval to the section of cultural properties in board of education of Tondabayashi city is required when any change of current exterior appearances viewed from a street in the conservation district such as enlargement, renovation, repair, redecoration, change of the color, new construction and demolition of any buildings is to be made. After repairing works for the conservation of the exterior appearances, the reconstruction and face-lifting in consideration of landscaping, a white wall, a board fence, and a lattice door of traditional house remain as used to be, and rustic and calm atmosphere has been kept as people still live in those houses.  

The signpost is provided with main traditional residences to explain each origin and history, and those guiding signposts cum street lights have been placed along the streets of stone-pavement.    

In addition, the appearances of newly built buildings are also harmonized with the neighboring historic district in consideration for the traditional townscape in Jinaimachi town.

Location
Jinaimachi town, Tondabayashi city, a national historic preservation district and heritage site of Japan, which is located in the south-eastern part of Osaka prefecture, the western part of Japan

Access
Jinaimachi town is located in 10 minutes walk from Kintetsu Tondabayashi station. Would you please drop in Jinaimachi Kouryuukan, or visitor center, to get the town information?


Sightseeing Map
Available at Jinaimachi Kouryuukan, visitor center.


Restrooms
Available at
Jinaimachi Kouryuukan
, Jinaimachi Center and Jinaimachi Tenbou Hiroba (Viewing Terrace)

Visitor Parking
Only available off the location of Jinaimachi town. Visitors are requested not to drive cars into the area of Jinaimachi town.



Jinaimachi Kouryuukan,
Town Community Center

(Visitor Center)


Address
9-29, Tondabayashi-cho, Tondabayashi city, Osaka, 584-0033, Japan

TEL.+81-(0)721-26-0110
FAX.+81-(0)721-26-0110
open 10a.m. until 5 p.m.
closed on Monday

 Shops & restaurants
 Town Planning
 Jyounomonsuji street "the 100 selections of roads in Japan"
 Koushouji Betsuin Buddhist Temple
 Former Sugiyama residence
 Nakamura residence
 Former Tanaka residence
 Architecture Vol. 1/2
 Architecture Vol. 2/2
 Historic Buildings
 Jinaimachi cookies
 New Year Hot Pot Festival
 Spring Hina Meguri Dolls Festival
 Summer Street Lantern Festival
 Autumn Nochino Hina Matsuri Doll Festival
 Art Gallery
 B&B (Tomari-Ya Guetshouse)
 Travelogues by Author
 Link
 Ichiriyama-cho street
 Tomiyama-cho street
 Kita-Kaisho-cho street
 Minami-Kaisho-cho street
 Sakai-cho street
 Gobo-cho street
 Hayashi-cho street