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. 67 Guided tour for elementary students on August 11, 2019
August 11, 2019 , Sunday

The summer sky spread from morning and the day became a very hot day of 37 degrees
centigrade. With the support of Tondabayashi City and the Tondabayashi City Board of Education, the Tondabayashi Jinaimachi Volunteer Guide Association planned and held a guided tour for elementary and junior high school students as a special summer vacation project. There was an application for participation by two local elementary school students (accompanied by parents) on Sunday, August 11 with advance reservations.
Historic town walk guide tour 2019 summer (August 11, 2019) (Photographing cooperation: Ms.Ono of Jinaimachi visitor center)

We gathered at the Jinaimachi visitor center at 10am. After explaining the history,
various features and attractions of the townscape of Jinaimachi Town with a slideshow in the second floor assembly room, we walked around the town for about 2 hours while guiding through the harsh sunlight. I visited the inside of the old house, which usually cannot be seen, and stopped by a cafe that remodeled the interior of the tenement house.    

  The advanced lecture of the historic desitrict before departure of walking at Jinaimachi visitor center
The Okutani family residence at Tomiyama-cho  street
Some of the intersecting streets in Jinaimachi old town are called a “ hit and bended crossing” that are misaligned and have a poor outlook, and retain the remnants of the Sengoku period of the 16th century. In addition, the large pots that merchants used to brew mirin seasonings during the Edo period still remain and are buried in the basement of the Red plum storehouse.

"atemage-no-tsuji" or hit and bended crossing
Koubai-kura storehouse of The Sato residence where mirin seasoning used to be produced in the Edo era by using a big vessel now placed in the yard.

Manhole cover with the design of historic district
Yakushi-do pavilion

The Yakushi Nyorai statue, which is said to have been made by consolidating the love text that young men and women exchanged during the Edo period, is enshrined in the hall.

There is a small hole so that only one corner of the door in front of the hall can be seen inside the hall. Participants took a look at the love pharmacists lit up from this hole. 
Manhole cover with the design of Jinaimachi townscape
During the tour of the town, I was invited to the signboard “We have Ramune Soda” and stopped by an old-fashioned candy shop. In May 2019, a candy store opened in a tenement house that had been remodeled inside the warehouse of the Tamori family residence, and participants drank a nostalgic bottle of ramune soda to heal the dryness of the throat. In Showa ere period, there was a candy shop in Jinaimachi Town, but it was revived in the era of Ryowa. It seems that shops are open on weekends and holidays.
 Three-story warehouse of The (South) Kuzuhara residence

This buidling is the tallest one in Jinaimachi. In other words, it is a valuable third floor storehouse that can be called a landmark of Jinaimachi.
The Tamori family residence
There is the candy shop in the back.
The Sugita family residence which used to be a rapeseed oil trader and a small Shokinsan doll on the side wall.

Jyounominsuji street 
The main large gate of Koushoji Betsuin Buddhist temple is said to have been transferred from Fushimi Castle to Tondabayashi through Koushoji Buhddist Temple H/Q in Kyoto.
At Koushouji Betsuin Budddhit temple, designated as an important cultural property of the country, we entered the main hall to see the barrier paintings drawn by the Kano school painters during the Edo period and the colorful sculptures derived from the Chinese episodes. 
The main hall of Koushoji Betsuin Buddhist temple where large-scale dismantling repair work is planned
Chinese sculpture at Koshoji Bessen Main Hall

The sewage drains constructed as a town-planning of the historic district divide the premises of each block at Jyounomonsuji street

Komatsunagi stone with a small hole for a horse at Jyounomonsuji street
In order to get the location and altitude of Tondabayashi Jinaimachi town built on the hillside of the river terrace, We applied insect repellent spray on both hands and both feet and went down the path in the bamboo fence about 10 meters from the terrace cliff at the southern end of Jinaimachi historic district. We came to the riverside of Ishikawa and then went back to Jinaimachi ditrict again, following the old path of Higashi Kouya Highway. At the entrance of Jinaimachi old town, there is a stone sign that tells the traveler of that time to be careful of fire. 
Ceramic art studio Asuka

Bamboo grove at the southern end of Jinaimachi Town (Yamagazaka slope)
At the end of the guided tour, we visited the Nakamura family residence, which is a cultural asset of Osaka Prefecture, and the former Sugiyama family residence, which has been designated as a national important cultural asset. 

The Nakamura residence designated as a Osaka Prefecture tangible cultural property, where Yoshida Shoin stayed at the end of Edo era.

 Ms.Tsuyuko Isonokami, a female poet of the Meiji period, was born as the eldest daughter of the Sugiyama family, lived a life full of ups and downs and became a model of Toyoko Yamazaki's novel "Kamon" (Shincho Bunko Series).
We were worried about heat stroke diseases for a daytime tour with a lot of shade on a very hot day. It would be greatly appreciated for elementary school students to help free study during the summer holidays. Thank you for your hard work.

This summer vacation special tour project plan was originally scheduled to be held for three days, but unfortunately the event was canceled on Friday, August 9 and Saturday, August 10 because there was no prior application. Thank you for the support and cooperation of Tondabayashi City officials, staff members of the Jinaimachi Kouryuukan as Jinaimachi Visitor Center and volunteer guides who helped.

August 11, 2019
Naoya Okutani
Government licensed tour interpreter and Jinaimachi volunteer tour guide
Manager of the website "Explore Tondabayashi Jionaimachi town" in Yokohama City
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