It takes 30 minutes from Osaka city to Tondabayashi station by Kintetsu railways. A 10-minutes walk will take you to the historic town.
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(Ditch for firefighting water)
Youjin-Bori literally means a ditch of precautions against fire.The town is located at the hilltop of river terrace of Ishikawa River. Therefore, water supply was insufficient, and the residents of the whole town had extremely paid attentions on the prevention of the fire. There are ditches keeping firefighting water called the Youjin-Bori in Ichiriyama-cho and Tomiyama-cho in the north as well as the stone signpost at the entrance of town, describing the cautions that visitors are not supposed to walk around in smoking and to carry a cord being ignited in the town. Those facilities are understood for the residents to have protected the town for a long time, considering mutual benefit and prosperity of the community. Such considerations might be one of the reasons why the old townscape was left and preserved as it used to be.
Gan-ei bridge across Youjin-Bori
|Yojin-bori, or a moat of precaution for fire-fighting and Ganei Bridge
A moat of precaution (a culvert) is placed along the Jyounomonsuji street, and the stone bridge across the moat is named as Gan-ei bridge, praying for the prosperity of Iwase-ya forever.
the Chinese characters "gan-ei-bashi" are engraved on the stone bridge
the Japanese characters "gan-ei-bashi" are engraved on the stone bridge
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Not open to the public
Trade name: Iwase-ya
This family is a branch family of the Okutani head family to the west of the (east) Okutani family. They ran a rapeseed oil wholesaler as the first generation was named Iroku Iwanaga, the son of I-emon of the second generation of the Okutani head family, Iwase-ya.
Features of the buildings
The premises are the western half of the block. A main building, a shed, a storehouse surround the premises. The present building was built when a branch family was established and the year built is said to be in 1826. The main building (Irimoya style architecture) is built at the southwest corner of the site and a storehouse and a shed are located around a site and they still exist. In addition, the tall and stout storehouse in the north side becomes the tenement house for rent now as the interior was retrofitted.
Town Community Center)
9-29, Tondabayashi-cho, Tondabayashi city, Osaka, 584-0033, Japan
open 10a.m. until 5 p.m.
closed on Monday
The site-seeing map
available in English. Please stop by to the Tourist Information Cetnter or Jinaimachi Visitor Center. You can get the visitor map.
Available at Jinaimachi Visitor Center (Jinaimachi Kouryuukan), Jinaimachi Center and Jinaimachi Tenbou Hiroba (Viewing Terrace)
Road width is very narrow in Jinaimachi town. If traveling by car, please use Tondabayashi Municipal east parking newly opened in February 2014 (Toll parking).
You can park the minibus for groups and passenger cars for general use. Only one parking lot available for minibus, you must book it in advance with Tondabayashi City Hall. A 15-minute walk to the Jinaimachi Visitor Center and 5 minute walk up to the former Sugiyama family house, an important national cultural property.
You will note that you will contact Tondabayashi Municipality Office for a parking lot of large tourist bus for groups. Thank you in advance for your kind cooperation.
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