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Toyokawa-City Akasaka Post Town Museum / Yoramaikan Rest Stop / Ohashiya Inn

  • Akasaka Post Town Museum / Yoramaikan Rest Stop / Ohashiya Inn
  • Akasaka Post Town Museum / Yoramaikan Rest Stop / Ohashiya Inn
  • Akasaka Post Town Museum / Yoramaikan Rest Stop / Ohashiya Inn
  • Akasaka Post Town Museum / Yoramaikan Rest Stop / Ohashiya Inn

A post town along the Old Tokaido Road still telling its story

Akasaka Post Town was the 36th of the 53 post towns, or stops for rest and shopping, along the Tokaido Road from Edo. The route acted as thoroughfare from the two capitals of ancient Japan, Edo (present-day Tokyo) and Kyoto, and saw a myriad of different walks of life traversing their ways to and fro. At first, Akasaka Post Town and neighboring Goyu Post Town are said to have been treated as one stop. Later, the route to Kyoto went from Fuji River, passing Akasaka and going to Goyu while the route to Edo went from the Yoshida area, passing Goyu and connecting to Akasaka.

Like a short summer night is the distance from Goyu to Akasaka on this moonlit path

This haiku written by famous poet Matsuo Basho speaks to the shortness of summer nights and the short distance of a mere 16 towns between Akasaka and Goyu (the distance between the administrative toiya offices of both post towns). The poem is immortalized on a stone monument at Sekigawa Jinja Shrine.

The Akasaka Post Town Museum: History, culture, and nature

Akasaka Post Town Museum

The Akasaka Post Town Museum is full of everything connected to the history of the Akasaka Post Town on the Old Tokaido Road as well as the history, culture, and nature of Toyokawa City's Otowa area in which the post town was situated. In the center are replicas of ukiyo-e woodblock prints portraying Akasaka Post Town, documents with declarations by the Shogunate, and letters left behind in the post town.
The kabuki dolls, stage props, and more used at Akasaka Stage—a representation of a rural, outdoor shrine stage from the Meiji period—are also on display.

A hatago-style Japanese lodge continuing to tell the story of Akasaka Post Town: Ohashiya Inn

Ohashiya Inn

Ohashi Inn (formerly Chiryu Inn) was a hatago-style inn, a variety of lodgings available to travelers from one post town to the next. It is said to have been the model for Ando Hiroshige's Inn Maids at Akasaka Lodge woodblock print from the Tokaido Road's 53 Post Towns collection and that Matsuo Basho stayed and recited a poem there.
The establishment has a long history even going back to when it went by the name of Iemon Chiryuya and today is registered as a municipal cultural property. In 2015, owner Kazuhiro Aoki donated the inn to Toyokawa City, and after renovation from 2017 to 2018, it now acts as a model of what hatago inns would have looked like during the Edo period.

  • Akasaka Post Town Museum / Yoramaikan Rest Stop / Ohashiya Inn
  • Akasaka Post Town Museum / Yoramaikan Rest Stop / Ohashiya Inn
  • Akasaka Post Town Museum / Yoramaikan Rest Stop / Ohashiya Inn

Yoramaikan: A rest stop in the image of Akasaka Post Town's hatago-style inns

Yoramaikan Rest Stop

The Yoramaikan Rest Stop opened in 2002 as a public rest stop, and was built with the hatago-style inns of the post town as its model and the same architectural methods of the day.
The second floor exhibits ukiyo-e prints featuring Akasaka Post Town and scenes of it as it prospered during the Edo period. Equipped with restrooms and a parking lot as well as benches both inside and out, Yoramaikan acts as the perfect stop during your sightseeing or a stroll through the area.


Location : • Akasaka Post Town Museum: 47-1 Nishi-Ura, Akasaka-cho, Toyokawa-shi, Aichi 441-0202 (inside the Otowa Lifelong Learning Center)
• Yoramaikan Rest Stop: 140-1 Benisato, Akasaka-cho, Toyokawa-shi, Aichi 441-0202
• Ohashiya Inn: 127-1 Benisato, Akasaka-cho, Toyokawa-shi, Aichi 441-0202

• The Access Map shows the location of the Akasaka Post Town Museum.
Fee : Free of charge

• Prices are subject to change. Check the official site, etc. for the most up-to-date information.
days / hours
: • 9:00 am–5:00 pm (Akasaka Post Town Museum)
• 10:00 am–4:00 pm (Ohashiya Inn)
Parking : Available
Holidays : • Mon (open should Mon coincide with a national holiday)
• Year-end/New Year holiday (Dec 29–Jan 3)
Phone number : • 0533-80-1357 (Akasaka Post Town Museum)
• 0533-56-2677 (Ohashiya Inn)

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  • Access by public transport
    Access by public transport
    Approx. 10-min. walk south from Meiden Akasaka Station on the Meitetsu Nagoya Main Line.
  • Access by car
    Access by car
    Approx. 5 min. southeast from Otowa Gamagori Interchange on the Tomei Expressway by Routes 73 and 374.

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