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 histric district and heritage site of Japan, Tomisaka Ebisu Shinto Shrine and Yamachuda slope】|
Tomisaka-Ebisu Shinto Shrine
Yamachuda slope - one of the entrances to Jinaimachi town
|In Tondabayashi Jinaimachi, there remain many things which remember the
history other than the historic townscape chosen as an important traditional
buildings preservation district of the country. One of them is Yamachuda
saka or Yamachuda slope. The slope way is a steep way to connect Jinaimachi
town with Ishikawa river off the eastern end of the town. The slope way
had been the only way to connect the east bank of Ishikawa river (Yamachuda
direction) and Jinaimachi town until a new road was constructed in the
Meiji era, and then many people and things had passed through the steep
Tondabayashi Jinaimachi was constructed as a religious mission and self-governed town dominated by Koushouji Betsuin Buddhist Temple. While the role of religious mission was gradually less influenced, it was further developed as a center of commerce in the region because the town was an important point of old highway transportation and was also blessed with Ishikawa river transportation, agricultural products in neighborhood were distributed here. Yamachuda slope contributed to the development of the town and remember the history all the time. Even now when you climb up along the slope, you can find stone wall and traditional buildings left, which reminded us of the old days.
In addition, Tomisaka-Ebisu Shinto Shrine on the top of this slope is another. Local people said that local sake brewers association had been organized from the Edo era through the beginning of the Meiji era and they called the association Ebisu-Kou. The Ebisu-Kou, which played an important role to lead sake brewery industry in kawachi region, enshrined the deity to pray for prosperous business.
The Shinto shrine had been originally in another place, but it was moved to the present place in the middle part of the Meiji era. At the time, the sacred object enshrined was left to Migukurumitama Shinto Shrine located in Miya-machi, Kishi, Tondabayashi city. After the World War II, Tomisaka-Ebisu Kou was organized to enshrine Ebisu shrine and the object enshrined was welcome to the present place. In the early morning on January 9, every year, Shinto priest of Migukurumitama Shinto Shrine offer a prayer.
The annual popular event of Touka Ebisu is held during January 9-11 and Tomisaka-Ebisu Shinto Shrine is crowded with visitors who pray for happiness and prosperity.Why don’t you visit Touka Ebisu festival well known as Ebessan?
I quoted the above from a circular issued by Tondabayashi city Board of Education in December, 2003.
|It is the Touka Ebisu of Tomisaka-Ebisu Shinto Shrine. As Ebessan, the
diety of business enshrined, is said to be hard of hearing and of the Shrine
and in order that I may have him make sure to listen to our prayer, I went
around the back side of the building and struck the wall panels three times
and pray for happiness and prosperity. “Ebessan, would you please to listen to my desire?” I bought Ema and happiness
candy from a stall on the way back home.
Written on January 9, 2010.
Yamachuda slope leads to Jinaimachi and Tomisaka-Ebisu Shinto Shrine
Yamachuda slope leads to Jinaimachi and Tomisaka-Ebisu Shinto Shrine
Yamachuda slope being newly paved
|Jinaimachi Town Sightseeing Map（English)|
|Jinaimachi Town Sightseeing Map（Chinese）|
|Jinaimachi Town Sightseeing Map（Korean）|
East street and Sakai-cho street (Yamachuda slope)
The history (origin)
The Ebessan in Tondabayashi remembers the prosperity of Jinaimachi all the time.
The local sake brewers’ association was organized from Edo period through
the beginning of the Meiji Era, and it was called Ebisu-Kou. The Ebisu
Shinto Shrine was worshiped by the Ebisu-Kou. The Shinto Shrine had been
originally located in the middle of the proposed new road, however it was
relocated to the present place in 1890 when the new road was constructed.
The sacred object enshrined was left to Kishi-no-Miya or Migukurumitama
Shinto Shrine for a long time.
Tomisaka-Ebisu-Kou was organized after the World War II, the object enshrined was moved from Kishi-no-Miya and it was greatly enshrined here. The Ishikawa (branch of the Yamato River) riverbed where you can overlook at the Mt. Nijozan and Katsuragi is adjacent to the bottom of Yamachuda slope (Quoted from Jinaimachi Bulletin No. 10).
Jinaimachi was surrounded by earthen work called doi, bamboo was planted outside of it and four wooden gates was opened in the morning and closed in the evening, in order that the peaceful commerce center may be well secured.
Four gates were established in Yamachuda Slope entrance (towards Chihaya highway), Kouda Slope entrance (towards Higashi Koya highway), Nishiguchi entrance (towards Hirao) and Ichiriyama entrance (towards Higashi Koya highway). The earthen work of Doi around the town is drawn on the illustrated map in 1753 left in Tondabayashi. .
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
Town Community Center)
9-29, Tondabayashi-cho, Tondabayashi city, Osaka, 584-0033, Japan
open 10a.m. until 5 p.m.
closed on Monday
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).
Shops & restaurants
Jyounomonsuji street "the 100 selections of roads in Japan"
Koushouji Betsuin Buddhist Temple
Former Sugiyama residence
Former Tanaka residence
Architecture Vol. 1/2
Architecture Vol. 2/2
Roof ・Roof tiles
New Year Hot Pot Festival
Spring Hina Meguri Dolls Festival
Summer Street Lantern Festival
Autumn Nochino Hina Matsuri Doll Festival
B&B (Tomari-Ya Guetshouse)
Travelogues by Author
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.