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.

welcome to jinaimachi town, tondabayashi, a historic district, japan

【Tourist guide to Jinaimachi town, Tondabayashi, a historic district and heritage site of Japan,Travelogues by Author - Series Vol. 52 Bilingual guided tour on October 14, 2017】
Tondabayashi City Tourist Association (Kirameki Factory) organized and sponsored a special guided tour program for foreign visitors on Saturday, 14th October 2017, in conjunction with the 11th autumn Hina Dolls festival held at Tondabayashi historic district, Jinbaimachi town which has been selected as a national traditional building group conservation area. Since the beginning of the spring, the program has been planned mainly by Ms. Iwaki of Tondabayashi City Tourism Association (Kirameki Factory) .  

The proposed program of the day includes a classic "Walking Bilingual Tour around Historic District (Tondabayashi Jinaimachi Town)" in addition to observing the festival of the Danjiri floats in the precincts of Nishikoori Shrine, Japanese food at the old house in Jinaimachi Town and trying to make scent bags at the workshop. It is full of contents from morning till evening. By pre-application reservation system, total of 27 people participated in the program, including 19 foreigners and 8 Japanese.
I was worried about rain with a cloudy sky that had been dull from the morning due to the influence of the autumn rain front this day, but fortunately we were able to finish without using an umbrella. Participants got together at 10:00 in Kintetsu Electric Railway Nagano Line Kawanishi Station (Tondabayashi City, Osaka Prefecture). We had three volunteer interpreting guides, including myself (2 English and 1 Korean), and also accompanied the two who supported the guide tour. 17 out of the foreign participants are college students who are studying abroad at Kyoto University from this autumn, together with one Japanese university student, a residents assistant at a foreign student dormitory in Kyoto city. Students studying at Kyoto University from all over the world, including Germany, France, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, China, etc.
Danjiri festival at Nishikori Shinto Shrine
First the tour delegation visited the autumn festival of Nishikori Shinto Shrine (Koda,  Tondabayashi City, Osaka Prefecture) which is annually held every 2nd Saturday in October. It is a historical shrine that is said to have been built in the Heian period, the current main shrine rebuilt in 1363 is designated as an important cultural property of the country.

Danjiri float of each district is decorated with fine decorative sculptures such as lions and dragons carved in cypress. In accordance with the bustling accompaniment of a flute and a drum, those pullers dressed in a happi coat, traditional festival costume, draw a Danjiri float with a weight of about 4 tons with a rope. It costs at least 50 million yen for the building cost required to renew the Danjiri, and it may take up to 200 million yen depending on the product. Through the gathering performance of the danjiri floats, the participants enjoyed the atmosphere of the autumn festival in Japan.
Ex. Tanaka Family residence in Jinaimachi historic district
After that, we went to Tondabayashi station by train and headed to the ex.Tanaka family residence of Tondabayashi Jinaimachi Town where historic townscape remains. The property of the ex. Tanaka family residence built about 120 years ago in 1892 are now managed by Tondabayashi City as a tangible registered cultural property of the country.

After arrival, we got up to the Tatami floor of the Meiji era private house, and then I gave an explanation of the program and a presentation on Tondabayashij Jinaimachi Town using the projector.

ex. Tanaka Family rdesidence 
Jinaimachi Gozen 
And, we enjoyed the lunch (catered box lunch) we waited for. Based on the documents of the Edo era left in the Nakamura family of pedigree, a local Japanese restaurant Asahi-ya was asked to reproduce the meal (menu) of pedigree as Jinaimachi Gozen. Menu of dishes was elaborate using seasonal ingredients. Mr.Takano, the chef, explained the contents of the menu one by one. The foreign attndees also enjoyed the charm of the Japanese food chosen as the UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage.   
 (Menu of Jinaimachi Gozen)

*Steamed wild rice
*Pumpkin boiled with soy sauce and mirin seasoning
*Daughter taro, snow peas and autumn eggplant boiled in soy sauce with sugar *Fried bean curd stuffed with a cut mixture of vegetables, fish meat, shellfish etc. and cut into long thin shavings.
*Deliciously boiled prawns
*Autumn color Fu (breadlike pieces of wheat gluten)
*Rolled omelet made with soup stock *Sawara (spanishi mackerel) is broiled after being pickled in saikyo miso (sewwt white miso bean paste made in Kyoto
*Sardine boiled in plum and shiso, Japanese basil 
* chestnuts stewed in sugar
*Murasaki zukin branded green soybean in pods (black soybean of Tanba region)
*Boiled duck in mustard paste *Wasabi flavored butterbur *Mouthful konbu (kelp)
* Tempura of prawns, sweet potato and green pepper *Dessert (persimmon or pear)  
Nakamura family residence
Jinaimachi Gozen
Cake shop yamao kindly offered chocolate cakes for dessert
In addition, thanks to Yamao, a popular local cake shop, they kindly offered a chocolate cake as a dessert after meals. President Yamao also came to welcome us.
Workshop to make a nioi bukuro or sachet (a scent bag)
After the meal, we did a workshop on experiencing the production of a scent bag (sachet). Ms. Mori and Mr. Akase of the local Moriya Buddhist altar store gave us cooperation on production guidance. Every participant brought each one’ scent bag as souvenirs for the tour participation memorial.

Nioi bukuro 
Walking around Jinaimachi historic district
Konjyaku-no-Tamatebako (Kirie fine artcraft)
After that, we took a walk for about 2 hours in Tondabayashi Jinaimachi Town, which is crowded with "Hina Doll Festival" (Jinbaimachi Town Four Season Story) as an autumn event. I stopped by a kirie artcraft workshop ("Konjyaku-no-Tamatebako" located in Koubai Kura) on the way. Ms. Kamei, the shop owner and artist of kirie paper craft, kindly offered to us a bookmark of kirie paper craft as a special gift for commemorating the tour. The motif of the design of bookmark is from the design of the Mushiko mado windows on the second floor of the old town houses. We stopped at Café Heizo of Koubai Kura warehouse and saw how the big pot for Mirin brewing was buried in the ground.
Konjyaku-no-Tamatebako (Kirie fine artcraft)
Konjyaku-no-Tamatebako (Kirie fine artcraft)
Konjyaku-no-Tamatebako (Koubai Kura)
Koushoji Betsuin Buddhist Temple ー an important cultural property of the country
After that, we also took a tour of the main hall of the Koushoji Betsuin Buddhist Temple that is designated as an important cultural property of the country. In the afternoon of the day, transcripting a sutra was done in the main hall where I introduced a few episodes about interior decoration of colorful sculptures carved into beams of the structure, which were derived from twenty-four paragons of filial piety in China.
In the middle of the guided tour, there was also video interview by the local cable TV station JCOM south Osaka at the ex. Tanaka family residence and the main gate of Koushoji Betsuin Buddhist Temple respectively.   Finally, we guided the delegation to the ex. Sugiyama family residence designated as an important cultural asset of the country and ended this program.
the ex. Sugiyama family residence
Thanks to a lot of people's support and cooperation, we finished the special tour guided tour without fail. I think that everyone who participated enjoyed the rustic charm of Tondabayashi Jinaimachi Town, the beauty of the autumn and the taste of the autumn. If you may have a chance, please visit Tondabayashi Jinaimachi Town again. Thank you for your participation and cooperation.

(Photos shot and provided by Ms. Iwaki, Tondabayashi City Tourist Association, Ms. Murakami and Mr. Okutani, Jinaimachi volunteer tour guide association.)

October 15, 2017
Naoya Okutani
Government licensed interpreter tour guide and Jinaimachi volunteer tour guide
Manager of the website "Explore Tondabayashi Jionaimachi town" @ Yokohama
Tourrists' attractions (Part 1/2)
Tourrists' attractions (Part 2/2)
  Jinaimachi Town Sightseeing Map(English)
  Jinaimachi Town Sightseeing Map(Chinese)
  Jinaimachi Town Sightseeing Map(Korean)
Shops information - Food, Beverage,Guest House, Accessary & Handycrafts and Massage 
Accessary & Handycrafts, Massage  Food, Beverage  Guest House
 1 Ashida bookstore  2 Machiya Cafe - Shiori  3 Mame-to-Kona
 4 Kashiwaya katsuragi-do  5 Art gallery Jinaimachi galleria  6 Un Village
 7  Koumu-an  8 Cafe Narod  9 Jinaimachi classico
 10 Bakery shop Yasu   11 Haccho Chaya   12 Jinaimachi Kitchen Ai
 13 Young heart   14 Koubai KuraCafe HeizoKonjyaku-no-Tamatebako、Shizu)  15 Buple
 16 Kura gallery - Kusunoki  17  Tabimogura cafe  18  Pokuh record
 19 Midori-no-Komichi   20 Laidback Cafe  21 KokumakanHakoda shotenCOCO Gallery
 22 Nakabayashi shinsoten  23 Guest House Tomari-ya  24 Yim Yeem 
 25 Houpu-an  26 23banchi。  27 mane-ten-cafe
 28 kinogu  29 VitaRomantica  30 Pottry workshop Asuka
 31 art uma-no-me   32 oasi  33 Hiyori
 1 Toursit Information Center - Kirameki Factory 2 Jinaimachi Visitor Center - Jinaimachi Kouryukan  3 Jinaimachi Center
 4 Jinaimachi Viewing Terrace - Jinaimachi Tenbo Hiroba  5 ex. Sugiyama residence  6 ex. Tanaka residence
 1 Koushouji Betsuin Buddhist Temple  2 Myoukeiji Buddhist Temple  3 Jyokokuji Buddhist Temple
 4 Yakushi-do  5 Tomisaka-Ebisu Shinto Shrine  6 Kitaguchi Jizo
 7 Honmachi Jizo  8 Nishiguchii Jizo  
 Mail & inquiry to Author


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.

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

Directions to Jinaimachi town, Tondabayashi
It is a 10-minute walk from Tondabayashi Staion or the Tondabayashi Nishiguchi Station of Kintetsu Nagano line.

From Kansai International Airport
Airport Limousine Bus service available bound for Kawachi Nagano Station. (60 minutes) Please take Kintetsu railways from Kawachi Nagano to Tondabayashi.(15 minutes)

From Osaka International Airport (Itami Airport)
Airport Limousine Bus service available bound for Abenobashi Station. (30 minutes) Please take Kintetsu railways from Abenobashi terminal to Tondabayashi.(30 munites)

From JR Shinkasen Shin-Osaka station or
Osaka (Umeda) station

Please take Subway Midousuji line from Shin-Osaka station or Osaka (Umeda) station to Tennoji Station. (20~30 minutes) Please change trains at Tennoji and take Kintetsu railways from Abenobashi terminal to Tondabayashi. (30 minutes)

Koushouji Betsuin Temple (Tondabayashi Gobo)

Koushouji Betsuin Temple is a temple of Jodo Shinshu School (Ikkoushuu School), which became the center of the development and establishment of Jinaimachi town in Tondabayashi . It has been popular as Mr. Gobo (Tondabayashi Gobo) among the local residents.

During the Ouei period (1394-1412years) , theincipient temple was opened in Ebitani village. In 1560, Shoushuu Shonin, the 16th head priest of Koushouji Sect. in Kyoto dismantled the building and reconstructedit to the present location, adjacent to Ebitani village.

The temple gate looks toward the east and the Jyounomon-suji street. Those buildings such as the bell tower, the drum tower, the main hall, the reception hall and priest's quarters are set up and arranged.

The main gate has refined style and it became clear in a recent investigation that the gate was further relocated from Koushouji temple in Kyoto, which was originally said to be dismantled and reconstructed from one of the gates at Fushimi castle in Kyoto.

Koushouji Betsuin Temple was designated as an important cultural property of the country in 2014.

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)

Visitor Center
(Jinaimachi Kouryuukan,
Town Community Center)

9-29, Tondabayashi-cho, Tondabayashi city, Osaka, 584-0033, Japan
open 10a.m. until 5 p.m.
closed on Monday

Visitor Parking
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.

 Shops & restaurants
 Tourists' attractions (part 1/2)
 Tourists' attractions (part 2/2)
 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
 Roof ・Roof tiles
 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
 Ichiriyama-cho street
 Tomiyama-cho street
 Kita-Kaisho-cho street
 Minami-Kaisho-cho street
 Sakai-cho street
 Gobo-cho street
 Hayashi-cho street