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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.

Yakushido - Buddha of Love letters

【Tourist guide to Jinaimachi town, Tondabayashi, a histric district and heritage site of Japan, Yakushido - Jyokokuji Buddhist Temple
 
The history (origin)

The Buddha of Healing
Yakushi Nyorai, which is laid in the present premise out of the precinct of Jyokokuji Buddhist Temple alongside Minami Kaisho-cho street, is a seated statue made of dry lacquer with a red swastika being pictured in heart, and the beautiful curves such as clothes in particular are artistic.

It is friendly called as Koibumi Yakushi or Buhhda of Love Letters. According to the ancient folklore, many love letters of young men and women of the believers were laid up one after another inside the Buddha statue, which were plastered by lacquer and then gold leaf was finally coated on the surface. The statue of a merciful face grants trouble and wish of the villager. Once a baby was born, the first mother's milk used to be offered praying for healthy growth. Many people had great faith in the Buddha.  

On the occasions of the great festival before the Meiji era, many stalls such as mizumanjyu or buns bakers, garden plant market and traditional dolls were opened , surrounding the Yakushido. Such events as dancing and chanting party were prosperously performed day after day. The Buddha of Healing (Yakushi Nyorai) was worshiped as a guardian deity by the people of neighboring villages, praying for good health and happiness.

However, in accordance with Haibutsu-Kishaku or anti-Buddhist movement at the beginning of the Meiji era, the management was transferred at one time to the village headman (the Kuzuhara family), and then it was called as Tabakoya Yakushi, deriving from its trade name. The Buddha of Healing continued to be worshipped by the people all the time. (Tondabayashi Board of Education)
   
Yakushi great festival is now held on the evening of July 6 and 7, every year.
 
Yakushi great festival - July
 
Yakushi great festival - July
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Jinaimachi Town Sightseeing Map(English)
 Jinaimachi Town Sightseeing Map(Chinese)
 Jinaimachi Town Sightseeing Map(Korean)

Information

The history (origin)

It is friendly called as Koibumi Yakushi or Buhhda of Love Letters. According to the ancient folklore, love letters of young men and women of the believers were laid up one after another inside the Buddha statue, which were then plastered by lacquer and gold leaf was finally coated on the surface.

The night stalls used to be opened on June 6, June 16 and June 26 every year along Minami Kaisho-cho street near Yakushido, according to Jinaimachi town Bulletin dated July 16, 2004.

It is now held on July 6 and 7.

Location
along Minami Kaisho-cho street

About a 10-minute walk from both Tondabayashi Station and Tondabayashi Nishiguchi Station of Kintetsu railway Nagano line.

The site-seeing map available in English
Please stop by to the Tourist Information Cetnter or Jinaimachi Visitor Center. You can get the site-seeing map.


Visitor Center
(Jinaimachi Kouryuukan,
Town Community 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

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


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 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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 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
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 Ichiriyama-cho street
 Tomiyama-cho street
 Kita-Kaisho-cho street
 Minami-Kaisho-cho street
 Sakai-cho street
 Gobo-cho street
 Hayashi-cho street

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