This building was created in 1615, immediately after the city was razed to the
ground during the Osaka Summer Campaign, and is one of the few remaining
early Edo period Machiya houses. It is a nationally designated important
cultural property, and a highly appealing facility where you can experience
the traditional Sakai lifestyle.
The main building here, the Yamaguchi residence, was created in 1615 immediately
after the city was razed to the ground during the Osaka Summer Campaign. As one
of the few remaining early Edo period (1603-1867) Machiya houses in Japan, it
became a nationally designated important cultural property in 1966.
During the Edo period Sakai developed centered in the manufacturing of guns,
knives, and textiles, maturing as a city of commerce. The region from
Nishikinochohigashi to Shinmeicho still retains the aspect of those times. This
residence is extremely precious even when considered on a national level,
imparting the atmosphere of a Sakai long past into the present day and
evoking the rich living of past.
While the entrance is currently on the south side, the grand map of Sakai from
1689 indicates that the east side used to be the frontage. There are three tatami
mat rooms facing onto the wide entryway, which also offers a wonderful view of
a spreading truss roof.
Further construction, including the storehouse in the west added in 1775 and the
one in the north in 1800, led to the current layout. There is also a garden on the
north side centered around a large wax tree more than 200 years old, and which
can be viewed from the main building.
Sakai buildings during the Edo period were known across the country for their
luxury, even leading to idioms in the Japanese language, and this building is one
remnant of that time. Tourism volunteer guides are also stationed inside.
[Sakai Municipal Machiya Historical Museum Yamaguchi
Residence and Seigakuin Shared Admittance Tickets]
You can buy a convenient ticket that allows admittance to both the Yamaguchi
Residence and the Seigakuin for just 250 yen.
1-2-31 Nishikinochohigashi, Sakai-ku, Sakai shi
Alight at "Ayanochoteiryujo Station" on the Hankai Line
200 yen (160 yen groups of 20 people or more, free for junior high school students and younger / individuals 65 years or older / disabled individuals)
10:00 ~ 17:00 (Last entry 16:30)
|Regular holidays etc.||
Please use public transport.
Sakai Municipal Machiya Historical Museum Yamaguchi Residence
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