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Tondabayashi Temple Town

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A historic town where the past and the present are in harmony

Tondabayashi City

 

 

Tondabayashi Jinaimachi is a historic district of preserved traditional townhouses built from the Edo (1603-1867) to early Showa period (1926-1945). The only town of its kind in Osaka Prefecture selected as an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings, the 400 meter by 300 meter ‘Temple Town’ is protected by moats and earthworks surrounding 200 Buddhist temples, townhouses, warehouses, gates and other structures of significant cultural and historical importance.

 

These include Koshoji Betsuin Temple, a designated nationally Important Cultural Property, and the nearby Jonomon-suji, a street of Edo-era merchant homes celebrated as one of the ‘Top 100 Streets in Japan’.

 

Community groups are highly active in Tondabayashi Jinaimachi and there are many seasonal events to enjoy, celebrating the heritage and culture of this unique place. Recently, increasing numbers of old folk houses have been renovated into shops and cafés, breathing new life into the area without compromising the feeling you get of travelling in time as you wander its historic streets and alleyways.

 

How to get there

 

5 minutes on foot from Kintestu-Nagano Line Tondabayashi Station which is 25 minutes by train from central Osaka.

 

 

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