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Toyohashi-City Toyohashi City Futagawa Shuku Honjin Museum

  • Toyohashi City Futagawa-Shuku Honjin Museum (Toyohashi-shi Futagawa-Shuku Honjin Shiryokan)
  • Toyohashi City Futagawa Shuku Honjin Museum
  • Toyohashi City Futagawa Shuku Honjin Museum
  • Toyohashi City Futagawa Shuku Honjin Museum
  • Toyohashi City Futagawa Shuku Honjin Museum
  • Toyohashi City Futagawa Shuku Honjin Museum
  • Toyohashi City Futagawa Shuku Honjin Museum
  • Toyohashi City Futagawa Shuku Honjin Museum
  • Toyohashi City Futagawa Shuku Honjin Museum
  • Toyohashi City Futagawa Shuku Honjin Museum

The last remaining honjin inn and hatagoya at Futagawa Post Town

According to records dating from 1820, the Futagawa Post Town, the 33rd post town on the important Old Tokaid Road was about 1.3 km long, and was home to some 1,289 people. The town had a transportation office where bearers and horses could be exchanged, an official inn for high-class clientel called a "honjin", a lesser ranked waki-honjin, and 38 "hatagoya" inns for merchants traveling on horseback. Most of these traditional inns along the Old Tokai Road have been destroyed, closed through lack of custom, demolished in the modern age, or damaged in fires and earthquakes. However, there are a few remaining, and one of the best places to see them is at the Futagawa Post Town in Aichi's city of Toyohashi.


Futagawa Post Town Honjin

The honjin were inns reserved solely for the members of the Imperial Court and the daimyo, the samurai nobility who were required to attend the shogun’s castle at regular intervals. Of the 53 original honjin on the Old Tokai Road, only two remain. One is at Futagawa Post Town. Well over 200 years old, and recognized as a historically and culturally important structure, this elegant building provides a fascinating glimpse into the architecture, style and grace of the Edo period. The honjin was only used by the elite. Lesser ranked lords stayed at the slightly lower ranked waki-honjin. When a lord was in residence at the honjin, large curtains featuring his family crest would be hung from the eves of the grand gates and main entrance way. Lower ranked samurai were billeted out to hatagoya, local houses, sometimes even local temples when space was at a premium.


Futagawa Post Town Hatagoya

Hatagoya were lodgings for the common folk, merchants, craftsmen, pilgrims, and lower ranked samurai. 38 hatagoya once lined the Old Tokai Road along Futagawa, however, being of lesser importance than the honjin, very few examples of hatagoya remain. The Seimeiya Hatagoya is one of those very few, and located alongside the equally important Futagawa Honjin. Seimeiya dates back to 1817 and is built in the typical hatagoya style, with a main house up front, connected to an intermediate room, and a rear room for special guests. The inn is also listed as a historically and culturally valuable property. While the lords staying at the honjin would indicate their presence with crest emblazoned curtains, more affluent travelers would carry wooden name posts to display out front of the hatagoya inns to inform passers by, particularly messengers, as to who was staying there.

Komaya Merchant House

Komaya Merchant House

Nearby both Futagawa's honjin and hatagoya is one of the few remaining traditional Komaya residences. The former Tamura home, consisting of eight structures, was originally an Edo period doctors’ practice, later being used as a rice dealer and finally a pawnshop, and now registered as a tangible cultural property since 2003. This too is a fine example of period architecture and design, and provides a feel of Edo period merchant lifestyles.
More information on the lodgings and the lives of the travelers along the Old Tokai Road can be found in the fascinating Futagawa Shuku Honjin Museum, opened in 1991, directly behind the two old inns. Regular and special displays explain the importance of the route, and the role the post towns played in spreading information and culture throughout Japan.
Although you can no longer stay at either the honjin or hatagoya, you can enjoy old style hospitality with a cup of green tea and Japanese sweets while enjoying a view of the garden from a traditional room in the Seimeiya's main house, and the architecture, history and the atmosphere of samurai period Japan at the Futagawa Post Town Honjin in Toyohashi. If you’re in Japan in October, you may even see the Daimyo Parade, bringing the Old Tokai Road back to life.

  • Futagawa Post Town
  • Futagawa Post Town
  • Futagawa Post Town
  • Futagawa Post Town
  • Futagawa Post Town
  • Futagawa Post Town


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Location : 〒441-3155
65 Naka-machi, Futagawa-cho, Toyohashi-shi, Aichi
Fee : Adults: JPY 400 / elementary–high school ages: JPY 100
• Discounts available for groups.
days / hours
: 9:30 am–5:00 pm (admission until 4:30 pm)
Parking : Available, free of charge (100 spaces)
Restrooms : Available
Holidays : Mon (open if coinciding with a national holiday), Dec 29–Jan 1
Phone number : 0532-41-8580

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  • Access by public transport
    Access by public transport
    15-min. (1.1 km) walk east from Futagawa Station on the JR Tokaido Main Line (board from Toyohashi Station, in turn reachable from Nagoya Station using either the JR Tokaido Main Line or the JR Tokaido Shinkansen).
  • Access by car
    Access by car
    Approx. 40 min. (19 km) south from Toyokawa Interchange on the Tomei Expressway via routes 151 and 1.

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