Arai Shuku Hatago "Kinokuniya" | Japan Highlights Travel, for sightseeing around Tokaido

Hamamatsu Station 

[Arai Shuku Hatago "Kinokuniya"]

An inn patronized by the Kishu clan, one of the three major branches of the Tokugawa family

Kinokuniya was first patronized by the Kishu clan in 1703, and was still open for business in 1955, more than 250 years later. Today it is open to the public as the "Arai Shuku Hatago Kinokuniya Museum", in which capacity it serves to introduce post town culture to modern people. The building remains a fine example of hatago architecture of the late Edo period. In the kitchen there is a skylight window with a rope, and trays and dishes are also on display. Visitors can feel the atmosphere of the Edo period in various parts of the building, such as the guest rooms, the bath room and the garden outside the first floor's back parlor, which has a "suikinkutsu", or buried earthenware jar that makes a sound when water drips into it.
Address 1280-1, Arai, Arai-cho, Kosai-shi, Shizuoka
Phone +81-53-594-3821 (Japanese only)
Opening hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Last admission at 4:30 p.m.) 
Holidays Every Monday (Tuesday if Monday is a holiday), Year-end and New Years
Admission fee Adults 210 yen, children 100 yen
Common admission ticket for Arai Sekisho and Kinokuniya (sale of tickets ends at 3:45 p.m.) Adults 410 yen, elementary and junior high school students 150 yen
Access Take the JR Tokaido Main Line from "Hamamatsu Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 16 minutes, alight at "Arai-machi Station" and walk for approx. 10 minutes.

updated on May 22, 2015

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