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[Maisaka Shuku Waki-Honjin]

The only post town on the Old Tokaido with remains of a waki-honjin

The "honjin" in a post town was the establishment which provided lodgings for daimyos (lords), court nobles, government officials and so on. There would also be an officially-recognized "waki-honjin" to provide overflow accommodation for guests of rank when the honjin was full. In Maisaka Shuku, the 30th Stage of the Tokaido, a hatagoya (inn) called "Myogaya" served as waki-honjin. Myogaya represents the only remnants of a waki-honjin still to be found on the Old Tokaido. The waki-honjin which can be seen in Maisaka Shuku today is the result of reconstruction of the main building, and dismantling and repair of the shoin (study hall). Visitors can see examples of a "jodan no ma", a kind of room which was exclusively for the use of high rank people, and also a well-kept garden, and can get a feel for what the actual hatagoya must have been like in its heyday.
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● Maisaka Shuku waki-honjin
Address 2091 Maisaka, Maisaka-cho, Nishi-ku, Hamamatsu-shi, Shizuoka
Phone +81-53-596-3715 (Japanese only)
Opening hours 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Holidays Every Monday (Tuesday if Monday is a holiday), Year-end and New Years
Admission fee Free
Access Take the JR Tokaido Main Line from "Hamamatsu Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 12 minutes, alight at "Bentenjima Station", and walk for approx. 10 minutes.
URL http://www.city.hamamatsu.shizuoka.jp/w-machi/culture_art/maisaka_wakisakahonjin/index.html

updated on May 22, 2015

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