Saturday, July 22, 2017

Okitsu Part 1, the Minaguchiya Inn

I had a wonderful day with two friends in the nearby town of Okitsu. I had no idea such a great place was a short train ride away!  

The first place we visited was the historical Minaguchiya Inn, which was written about in Oliver Statler's book The Japanese Inn. (Yes, of course I want to read this book now!) It was an actual hotel from the mid-16th century until it closed in 1985 and is now a museum. Starting in the Edo period, this inn served as a place for the waki-honjin to stay as they traveled along the Tokaido Road. By the end of the Meiji restoration, when people were no longer required to travel this route, the inn reinvented itself as something like a beach hotel. At some point a highway was built, blocking the view of the beach and water and business slowed, causing the inn to close in 1985.  

Many famous people stayed at the inn over the years including Tokugawa Ieyasu and the Showa Emperor, as well as samurai, daimyo, poets, artists, and others. 

These photos show a few of the things on display in the museum now. I highly recommend visiting the Minaguchiya Inn!  

Showa Emperor and Empress

After this museum visit we ate lunch at a nice place and this was my set meal.

There is more to come about my day in Okitsu!


Rachel said...

That's quite interesting. I love that they have a display of the inn's history.

Oliver Statler also wrote a book called Japanese Pilgrimage which talks about his pilgrimage around Shikoku. I want to read it, but haven't had the chance.

I would love to take the pilgrimage in Shikoku.

Have a great weekend! Can't wait to see more of your adventures :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Pamela wow this sounds amazing what a shame the new highway caused it to close,hope you enjoyed your meal,look forward to part 2 xx

NADINE said...

Such beautiful pictures ! How interesting... I'm also fascinated by the food, it's always presented in an artful way, like a colorful painting (and it looks so yummy!

THANKS , Pam !


Queeniepatch said...

So many things are steeped in history in Japan.

Leonore Winterer said...

This sounds (and looks!) like a very interesting place to visit! I will have to look up that book.

Danny Chen said...

I have both books and they are great reads and are treasured additions to my Japan collection. I'd love to visit Okitsu and Minaguchi-ya the next time I'm in Japan.