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Kumeya Inn in Nagano


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Stay at the Waki-Honjin Kumeya and experience the how the feudal lords in the Edo period traveled

Komoro Tourism Bureau


©Komoro Tourism Bureau


Waki-Honjin Kumeya Inn is located in Komoro-juku along the Hokkoku Kaido. Hokkoku Kaido was developed as the second-most important highway after the Gokaido, which opened in the early Edo period (1603-1867). Komoro-juku, an inn town along this highway, and Waki-Honjin Kumeya Inn still retain the atmosphere of the old days.


In the Edo period, the daimyo’s procession from the Hokuriku countries to Edo (now Tokyo) passed through Komoro-juku on the Hokkoku Kaido Highway. Komoro-juku, the main lodge, side lodges, and part of the townscape of the lodge town still remain as they were in those days.
Waki-Honjin is a building where senior retainers and court nobles who accompanied feudal lords on their daimyo's round trips used to stay overnight. It was built in the late Edo period and has a large flat-roofed structure. It retains its Edo period structure well, including the shikidai-style entrance to the left of the front of the building, and the beckoning roof with a protruding girder. In addition, there is a detached tatami room at the rear of the main building.This tatami room is a highly prestigious structure with a tokonoma (alcove), a tsuke-shoin with ranma carvings, and kawaridana shelves.


Currently, Waki-Honjin Kumeya Inn is registered as a Tangible Cultural Property and is used as a lodging and cafe facility called Kumeya. Visit Komoro-juku, which was once a bustling post town in the Edo period, and enjoy your stay in Kumeya, which mostly remains in its original state.


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How to get there


From Tokyo Station, take the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Karuizawa Station (about 1 hour 5 minutes). From there, take the Shinano Tetsudo Line to Komoro Station (about 25 minutes).


1-2-24 Ichi-machi, Komoro-shi, Nagano-ken


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