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. 37 English guided monitor tour of Jinaimachi Hina Dolls Festival on March 13, 2016】
Jinaimachi Visitor Center assembly room
residence of the (head) Okutani family
To coincide the schedule of the 10th anniversary of Jinaimachi Hina Dolls Festival, the guided monitor tour in English was held so as to guide foreign visitors in Tondabayashi Jinaimachi historic district on March 13, 2016, as a special event promotion organized by Local Community Promotion Board by agriculture, food and tourism with its secretariat service undertaken by Impregion Co. Ltd. Osaka, Japan. They assume the number of foreign personal tourists visiting Japan is anticipated to further increased so that this event promotion may be intended to offer an English guided tour to those participants who have an idea or plan to guide foreigners in English to go round Jinaimachi town in the future.

Those participants who live in Tondabayashi city and its neighborhood, are keen in being engaged in an international exchange activity, in communicating with foreigners, and in spreading out the information on Japanese culture and life all over the world. They wish an opportunity of really guiding foreign visitors and foreign student of the local university to Tondabayashi Jinaimachi.

I undertook as a goverment-licensed guide interpreter to guide the 18 participants who booked the course in advance. The participation fee per person amounted in 800 Yen for lunch.

20160313 Guide presentation in English (PDF)
Ichiriyama-cho street
Jyounomon-suji street
Following the good fortune yesterday, we were blessed with good weather from morning to the evening on that day, and Jinaimachi historic district was full of visitors. The English guide monitor tour started by self-introduction of all the participants followed by explaining the summary of the program by showing the slides at the assembly room on the second floor of Jinaimachi Visitor Center.

After the lecture, the party departed from Jinaimachi Visitor Center for the residence of Nakamura family where lunch was prepared for us. It took approximately one and a half hours walking through Jinaimachi, full of visitors on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Jinaimachi Hina Meguri Festival, while explaining the characteristic of the merchant's family buildings and the town planning originated from the age of the Civil War both in Japanese and English afterwards on each spot.
Koubai Kura
a large earthenware pot for brewering Mirin seasoning has been buried under the ground in the corner of Cafe Heizo at Koubai Kura
a large earthenware pot for brewering Mirin seasoning(Koubai Kura 
sake brewery storehouse of Banri-no-Haru
sake brewery storehouse of Banri-no-Haru
photo by Mr. Makoto Watanabe
On the way to the residence of the Nakamura family, the party dropped in at the former storehouse of Japanese sake brewery of Banri-no-Haru brand, the indoors of which were opened to the public for the event promotions for two days on March 12 and 13, 2016. Hina Meguri kimono marketplace was held indoors on March 13. Then, I introduced, at the residence of Sugita family along Jyounomon-suji street, the episode about Shoki-san placed on the roofs facing ridge-end tile of demon each other as well as the episode of arch roof tile with the Tomoe (vortex) pattern on.  
residence of the Sugita familyJyounomon-suji street
photo by Mr. Makoto Watanabe
residence of the Tamori familyJyounomon-suji street
Furthermore, I dropped in at the main hall of Koushouji Betsuin Buddhist Temple, which was newly designated as an important cultural property of the country in September, 2014. In the main hall of a Buddhist temple, I talked about the origin of a sculpture put for kaeru-mata structures shaped in spread legs of frogs referring to as "the twenty-four paragons of filial piety" in China. Associated with the fusuma picture titled "pine, bamboo, and plum" painted by Mr. Kano Jyuseki Hidenobu, he was said to have drawn the corridor of the pine trees of ex. Edo Castle. In front of the main gate of Koushouji Betsuin Buddhist Temple, the group photo was taken with all the participants afterward Hina Dolls decorations. The origin of the main gate was told that it had been removed and rebuilt from ex.Fushimi Castle in Kyoto. The episode concerning the gate for Imperial messengers was also referred, too.
Koushouji Betsuin Buddhist Temple
photo by Mr. Makoto Watanabe
Koushouji Betsuin Buddhist Temple
Koushouji Betsuin Buddhist Temple
Koushouji Betsuin Buddhist Temple
photo by Mr. Makoto Watanabe
The residence of the Nakamura family became the last spot of the English guided monitor tour. The merchant's family prospered in brewing business so much in the Edo era. Because the local brewers were blessed with rich groundwater in Tondabayashi and their products were superior in quality, they were carried all the way to Edo (Tokyo) and were presented to the Tokugawa Shogunate Government, and were consumed even in Edo in those days. I introduced an episode of "Kudari-sake", referring that the sake was transported from Kamigata (Kyoto-Osaka area) bound for Edo (Tokyo).

The indoors of the Nakamuras house was opened to public for the lunch meeting place in particular for these two days. I had all the participants proceed to the guestrooms from the entrance hall located after the center part of the long wall facing the Tomi-suji street. Jinaimachi Gozen luncheon box was served to the participants, who anticiated to taste it so much.

Jinaimachi Gozen
The special luncheon box called Jinaimachi Gozen was specially prepared for the promotion by Asahi-ya local Japanese restaurant. The menu was revived by following the descriptions of an old diary book kepy in Edo era which was found in the residence of old Nakamura family. The special luncheon event was organized by Local Community Promotion Board by agriculture, food and tourism on March 13, 2016.

The Jinaimachi Gozen was reproduced for the first time in November, 2014 and the tasting party event on this occasion was held at ex.Tanaka family residence. The event promotion turned out to be favorably accepted. The inside of residence of the old Nakamura family is not opened to the public, but it was specially opened for the promotion for the limited number of participants.
residence of the Nakamura family(specially opened to the public on March 12-13, 2016)

The residence of the Nakamura family
photo by Mr. Takahiro Nakai
residence of the Nakamura family(specially opened to the public on March 12-13, 2016)
Jinaimachi Gozen
The Jinaimachi Gozen luncheon box, which was specially prepared by Asahi-ya local Japanese restaurant were served by black-colored box. According to the menu of Jinaimachi Gozen, the menu contents were found as follows.

①pumpkin with black skin, small potato, bamboo shoot, sakura-fu (wheat bran), a leaf bud of Japanese pepper ②egg roll flavoured by dashi soup, Japanese ginger with vinegar ③tempura of prawns, green pepper ④Spanish mackerel grilled in saikyo style ⑤walnut tofu, good flavor soup stock ⑥sardine simmered with plum, simmered duck sirloin, wasabi butterbur ⑦ kinpira lotus root ⑧sweetly boiled small prawns, the rape ⑨Japanese pickles ⑩ancient steamed rice and soup of clam
I asked for feedbacks about the English guided monitor tour from each participant while having the lunch of Jinaimachi Gozen. Even those who live nearby and have ever visited Jinaimachi town a few times, came to recognize again the value of historic town which continued to suceed from the Edo and the successful preservation of the townscape.

Given an opportunity from now on, everybody wants to guide a foreign friend, a relative and foreign visitors to Tondabayashi Jinaimachi by all means. I was also encouraged to get a nice comment that they want to make use of the handout of English guide textbook which I prepared. A certain participant is scheduled to guide four and more foreigner tourists from France and Australia who stayed up in a guest house in Nishinari-ku in Osaka city and visited Tondabayashi Jinaimachi immediately after the English guided monitor tour finished in the afternoon of the day. The participants are by all means expected to cooperate in conveying and spreading information of Tondabayashi Jinaimachi through the Internet including Facebook and Twitter. After the lunch finished, the English guided monitor tour was dissolved on schedule on the site.
The participant was guiding four foreigner tourists from France and Australia who stayed up in Osaka city and visited Tondabayashi Jinaimachi immediately after the English guided monitor tour finished in the afternoon of the day.
Hina dolls display at Jinaimachi Visitor Center
By the way, those who had participated in the in-bound tourists seminar held on Saturday, February 20, 2016 also joined the guided tour this time. Judging from the fact that the eighteen participants who greatly exceeds the offer capacity number of fifteen, I am glad and am surprised at such high interests. In addition, I was informed by the organizer of the fact that those who applied for but were not able to participate in the tour due to the exceeding capacity. I want to arrange the similar opportunity again sometime.

Thank all of you, the participants, the organizer, Mr. Nakamura and many concerned of Tondabayashi-city municipality office and Jinaimachi town, for support and cooperation of the English guided tour this time.
In addition, a lot of annual and seasonal events besides Jinaimachi Hina dolls festival in March are quite regularly held for fun, visitors' attractions as well as the local community revitalization activities in Tondabayashi Jinaimachi and neighborhood. For further informationn and quick refernece, please take a look at the information of event schedule table.

Written on March 20, 2016 by the author of the website.
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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)

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.

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