It takes 30 minutes from Osaka city to Tondabayashi station by Kintetsu railways. A 10-minutes walk will take you to the historic town.
|【Tourist guide to Jinaimachi town, Tondabayashi, a historic district and heritage site of Japan, Koushi-mado - Latticed window】|
|There remain many wooden lattice windows called Koushi-mado or Kigoushi,
which characterize elaborate architectural design and beauty in traditional
residences for the period from Edo era to Meiji era.
From the form of the lattice window, it is classified roughly in the kinds
such as Muso-mado or called Bekako-mado here, Degoushi-mado, Tsukegoushi-mado
and Renji-mado, they are so different in size and color. When you take
a walk in Jinaimachi,, Tondabayashi, would you please enjoy comparing the
molding beauty of the wooden lattice windows that are none of the same
each other in design and size.
|Fine arts of traditional buildings and townhouses architecture (private
As for the method of roofing, the Sangawara-buki style overwhelmingly predominates over the Hongawara-buki style. In comparison, Hongawara-buki style is preceding Sangawara-buki in time. Sangawara is said to appear even late in the Edo period.Therefore, it is assumed that many thatched-roof houses still existed in Tondabayashi even after the middle of the Edo period. In fact, two thatched private houses had been seen in the Jinaimachi town even after World War II.
It is considered that those thatched-roof houses were remodeled to tiled-roof ones, having the second floor with low ceiling called Tsushi-Nikai. in the time of the late Edo era.
Among the remains of architectures in Jinaimachi, there exist Hongawara-buki style building structures, including the main hall of Koushouji Betsuin temple, the main hall of Myoukeiji temple, the former residence of Sugiyama family designated as an important cultural property of the country, residence of Nakamura family, residence of Tamori family, residence of Sugita family, residence of Kiguchi family, residence of Kuzuhara family, residence of Sato family and residence of Koshii family.
Floor plans of merchant' s residence
The typical merchant's residence style is based on either six-room plan or four-room plan that lacks back room and storefront at the earthen floor level. Latticed bay-windows are set up at the frontage of the storefront, some of which are entirely covered by a small wooden fence called Inu-yarai. The latticed window made of large-width wooden grids called either Ara-goushi or Bekako is set up in the exterior of the shimomse room, a storefront at the earthen floor level.
"The Jinaimachi explorer magazine" published by Division of Cultural Heritage, Tondabayashi Board of Education in March 1999.
Jinaimachi in Tondabayashi（Jyounomon-suji street）
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.
Town Community Center)
9-29, Tondabayashi-cho, Tondabayashi city, Osaka, 584-0033, Japan
open 10a.m. until 5 p.m.
closed on Monday
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 the large tourist bus for groups is requested to be parked at the Tondabayashi City Hall No. 2 parking lot alongside the old Route 170 (It must be booked in advance to City Hall). 20-minute walk to the Jinaimachi Visitor Center and 10 minute walk up to the former Sugiyama family house, an important national cultural property. Thank you in advance for your kind cooperation.
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|Koushouji Betsuin Buddhist Temple|
|Former Sugiyama residence|
|Former Tanaka residence|
|Architecture Vol. 1/2|
|Architecture Vol. 2/2|
|Roof ・Roof tiles|
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|Spring Hina Meguri Dolls Festival|
|Summer Street Lantern Festival|
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