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[Hatagoya "Seimeiya"]

An inn which offers a glimpse of the lives of ordinary people in the Edo period

Situated next door to Futagawa Shuku Honjin, Seimeiya is a hatagoya (inn) which offered lodgings to both upper class samurais and commoners. The architecture is typical for a hatagoya, with a big door and lattice shutters on the first floor, and latticed bay windows on the second floor. The street entrance is a space with wooden flooring which served as the choba (office) and luggage room, and at the back there is a parlor. Typical meals served at the inn during the Edo period are also on display, giving the impression that the whole building itself has slipped back in time to its heyday. It is interesting to compare the honjin, which was an inn for feudal loads, with the adjacent hatagoya, an inn for commoners. This is a precious building that offers a glimpse of how people were differentiated by social rank in Edo Japan.
Posted photos Main Seimeiya
Two photos Upper left Seimeiya back parlor garden, upper right Meal (model), lower Main building (entrance hall)
 
Address Aza Naka-machi, Futagawa-cho, Toyohashi-shi, Aichi
Phone +81-532-41-8580
Opening hours 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Last admission at 4:30 a.m.)
Holidays Every Monday (Tuesday if Monday is a holiday), Year-end and New Years
Admission fee Adults 400 yen, elementary / junior high / high school students 100 yen
Access Take the JR Tokaido Main Line from "Toyohashi Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 5 minutes, alight at "Futagawa Station", and walk for approx. 10 minutes.
URL http://www.futagawa-honjin.jp/facilities/hatagoya/

updated on May 22, 2015

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