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,Travelogues by Author - Series Vol. 39 Bilingual guided tour on May 4-6, 2016】|
beautiful weather on May 4, 2016
Ichiriyama-cho (photo by Mr. Wataru Nakatsuji)
|For the Golden Week of 2016, there were consecutive public holidays except
on Monday, May 2 and Friday, May 6. The period was almost blessed with
weather, and many visitors including from the distant place came to Jinaimachi,
Following the Silver Week in autumn in 2015, the walking guided tour in Jinaimachi in bilingual languages was conducted by Naoya Okutani for three days from May 4 to May 6 which was organized by Jinaimachi volunteer tour guide association and cooperated with Jinaimachi Kouryuukan (Visitor Center) and Kirameki Factory（Tondabayashi Tourist Information Center）.
The guided tours were conducted to those who visited Jinaimachi, Tondabayashi and desired to join the tour during the period, departing from Jinaimachi Kouryukan at the designated times without reservation free of charge. The staring time was 10:00a.m. and 1:30 p.m. twice a day. I guided a foreign visitor in English, if necessary, as the case may be.The guide course was the same all the time, departing from Jinaimachi Kouryukan (Jinaimachi Visitor Center) through the ex. Sugiyama residence, an important cultural property of the country, via Jyonomon-suji street and Koushouji Betsuin Buddhist Temple, another important cultural property of the country, and it took about 90 minutes in walking. The total number of participants in the five tours was 38 persons including one foreign traveler. The afternoon tour was canceled.
Hayashi-cho (photo by Mr. Wataru Nakatsuji)
Yakushi-do (photo by Mr. Wataru Nakatsuji)
residence of the Sato family (photo by Mr. Wataru Nakatsuji)
residence of the (south) Kuzuhara family (photo by Mr. Wataru Nakatsuji)
|Wednesday, May 4 - Green Day, fine weather
The first day in the latter half of Golden Week was blessed with all clear and sunshine to the contrary of a prior rain forecast. The temperature rose as highest as 24 degrees and the early summer weather attracted full of visitors in Jinaimachi.
As announced before, the volunteer guide tours were conducted in the morning and afternoon and took the sightseeing walks from Jinaimachi Kouryukan to the ex. Sugiyama residence for two hours. Some participants applied for advanced booking and other individual participants happened to drop in at Jinaimachi Kouryukan (Visitor Center) and were willing to join the tours when the tours were announced to start at the designated time. Some came all the way from Suginami, Tokyo prefecture, Nagoya, Aichi prefecture and Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture. In addition, a gentleman living in Nishikouri, Tondabayashi city join the tour while visiting here for the first time.
residence of the Tamori family (photo by Mr. Wataru Nakatsuji)
Sewari-suiro (photo by Mr. Wataru Nakatsuji)
Komatsunagi (photo by Mr. Wataru Nakatsuji)
guide tour at Koushouji Betsuin Buddhist Temple on May 4, 2016
|After completion of the tour, he mentioned to me “I was so impressed by the preserved traditional townscape in the Edo era nearby my residence and I recognized the values of home town. I will recommend my family to visit the historic town.” His comments was so encouraging to me. In addition, a woman visitor asked me any suggested restaurants for lunch in the local town. I recommended the borsch of an old café restaurant Narod on the Ichiriyama-cho street and the French toast of a new café restaurant Mame-to-Kona on the Chuo shopping street near from Tondabayashi station.|
the borsch of an old café restaurant Narod on the Ichiriyama-cho street
the French toast of a new café restaurant Mame-to-Kona on the Chuo shopping street
|Besides, you can enjoy self-roasted coffee of mellow fragrance at cafe Heizo on the Kita Kaisho-cho street located in Koubai Kura old storehouse which I always dropped in at while my guiding visitors.
In addition, I also recommend those casual dining restaurants for lunch
at reasonable price as Kitchen Ai on Tomiyama-cho street, Laidback Café on Minami Kaisho-cho street and Haccho Chaya, Japanese soba noodle, on Tomiyama-cho street. You can enjoy those restaurants on the spot while walking at Jinaimachi
self-roasted coffee of mellow fragrance at cafe Heizo on the Kita Kaisho-cho street located in Koubai Kura
Laidback Café on Minami Kaisho-cho street
guide tour at residence of the Kuzuhara family on May 5, 2016
guide tour at residence of the (south) Kuzuhara family on May 5, 2016
|Thursday, May 5 - Children's Day, fine weather
The day was also blessed with all clear beautiful weather from morning. It is the best season for foreign travelers to visit Japan. A couple who enjoy bicycles from Sakai city, Osaka joined the tour and a man who had applied for the previous seminar for guiding foreign visitors in February, 2016 in vain, due to being fully occupied and could successfully join the guided tour that he had been informed of by Kirameki Factory (Tondabayashi Tourist Information Center).
Furthermore, a Korean woman traveler who stayed up at a local guest house Tomari-ya for two nights also participated in the morning tour and I guided her in English as well as in Japanese in turn. She was going to stay in Japan for eight days, and stayed in Jinaimachi, Tondabayashi for three days. The number of foreign travelers visiting Jinaimachi increased steadily, and they were not unusual to be seen in the town.
The overseas travel magazine "AB ROAD” published in Korea has recently featured Osaka and Tondabayashi Jinaimachi has also be taken up. With some beautiful photograph of Jinaimachi town, the townscape of Jyounomon-suji street and several shops has been introduced. A group tour visiting Jinaimachi from Taiwan are organized by a travel agency every year and Jinaimachi volunteer tour guides are welcome to guide them by assistance of tour guide interpreter.
In the afternoon, a woman who lives in Nakano-cho, Tondabayashi and had applied for advanced booking participated in the tour and others form Osaka city, Minoh city and Higashi Osaka city also joined it. More articles in newspapers and magazines have recently introduced Jinaimachi and participants who read articles appeared in the Nihon Keizai Shimbun in March, 2016 and a certain magazine visited the town.
Jyounomonsuji street on May 6, 2016
Koubai Kura on May 6, 2016
|Friday, May 6, 2016 cloudy and rain
On the last day (the third day) of the tour, it was unfortunately cloudy and started to rain about half past 9 a.m. It is the weekday in between consecutive public holidays, and Jinaimachi town stayed as quiet as usual. Few visitors came to the town and I guided two guests in the morning, who live in Tondabayashi-cho and a newspaper reporter who came from Osaka.
In the afternoon, it heavily rained. No participants applied and the afternoon tour was cancelled. Could all of you that visited Jinaimachi enjoy sightseeing during Golden Week?
I sincerely appreciated kind cooperation of Jinaimachi Kouryukan and Kirameki Factory for the bilingual guided tour project.
Written by author on May 12, 2016.
Yakushi-do on May 6, 2016
the Buddha of Love Letters in Yakushi-do
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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)
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 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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