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Hino was home to many Omi merchants who plied up and down Japan during the Edo Period to sell and trade their wares. They became quite successful selling medicines, lacquerware, sake, etc. Those from Hino were called Hino shonin (Hino merchants).
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Barrels of Hino merchant sake
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Manhole with the symbol of Hino merchant, Shiga Prefecture
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Omi Hino Merchant House. The former home of Hino merchant Yamanaka Hyouemon was donated to the town in 1981. Now a museum exhibiting the history and artifacts of the Hino merchants. 近江日野商人館Small admission charged. Open 9 am to 4 pm, closed on Mon. and Fri. Close to the center of town.

Address: Okubo 1011, Hino-cho
Phone No.: 0748-52-0007

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Entrance to Omi Hino Merchant House. Download the museum's English pamphlet here. Map近江日野商人館
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Inside Omi Hino Merchant House近江日野商人館
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Lacquerware sold by Hino merchants近江日野商人館
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Inside Omi Hino Merchant House
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Inside Omi Hino Merchant House
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Inside Omi Hino Merchant House
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Itoh Chube'e Memorial House (Itoh Chube'e Ki'nenkan). Itoh Chube'e (1842-1903) was the founder of Itochu Corporation and Marubeni, two of Japan's largest trading companies, in 1858. MAPThis house displays his former residence and some of his possessions. A short walk from Toyosato Station, the house is open to the public on Tue., Thu., and Sat. Free admission.
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Gokasho is famous for the grand, old homes of wealthy Omi merchants. Three of them are clustered together for us to visit inside. They are the former residences of Tonomura Uhee (外村 宇兵衛), Tonomura Shigeru (外村 繁), and Nakae Jungoro (中江
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Inside Omi Hino Merchant House
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Entrance to Itoh Chube'e Memorial House
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Gokasho was home to many Omi merchants who plied up and down Japan during the Edo Period to sell and trade their wares. They became quite successful selling medicines, lacquerware, sake, etc.Wall of former home of Omi merchant Tonomura Shigeru (1902-1961) (外村 繁邸).
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Entrance to Itoh Chube'e Memorial House
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Former home of Omi merchant Tonomura Shigeru (外村 繁邸). MapTonomura Shigeru (外村 繁), Tonomura Uhee (外村 宇兵衛), and Nakae Jungoro (中江 準五郎)
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Clothing worn by Hino merchants
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Front garden
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Entrance to former home of Omi merchant Tonomura Shigeru (外村 繁邸).
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Travel passport required to travel around Japan
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Front garden
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Entrance to former home of Omi merchant Tonomura Shigeru.
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Sake containers
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Maid's room
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In front of Gokasho Station is a map and stone monument.
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Living room of former home of Omi merchant Tonomura Shigeru.
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Medicine
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Inside entrance. The house was occupied by Itochu company founder Itoh Chube'e and his son, Chube'e II.
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Stone monument for the local Obata shonin merchants.
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Shopkeeper's desk
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Shopkeeper's desk
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Shopkeeper's desk
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Woman's hairdressing room.
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Shinmachi-dori road with traditional Omi merchant homes 近江商人の新町通り MAP
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Butsudan Buddhist altar in a butsuma (Buddhist altar room).
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Room with Hina festival dolls and entrance to the Tonomura Shigeru Literature Museum. 雛祭りの雛人形
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Shinmachi-dori looking toward Hachimanyama 重要伝統的建造物群保存地区
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Tokonoma alcove and scroll. 奥の間
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Hina festival dolls. 雛祭りの雛人形
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Shinmachi-dori looking toward Hachimanyama
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In 1998, the house was donated to a local foundation. In 2002, the house was opened to the public.
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Hina festival dolls. 雛祭りの雛人形
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Exhibits of Itoh Chube'e II, the son of the founder Chube'e (1842-1903).
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Entrance to the former residence of Omi merchant Fujii Hikoshiro (1876-1956) (藤井 彦四郎邸)
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Tonomura Shigeru Literature Museum (Bungakukan). Shigeru had a passion for writing, so he entrusted the family business to his younger brother. 外村 繁文学館
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Wall
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Bust of Itoh Chube'e II (1886-1973), his walking sticks, bag, and shoes.
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Former residence of Omi merchant Fujii Hikoshiro (1876-1956) (藤井 彦四郎邸). Now a history museum.
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Picture of Tonomura Shigeru in the Literature Museum (Bungakukan). 外村 繁文学館
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Kitchen
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Omi merchant statue.
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Attic
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Local Artifacts Museum (Kyodo Shiryokan) 郷土資料館。近江商人・西村太郎右衛門の宅地跡にある資料館
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Omi merchant statue.
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Hina festival dolls. 雛祭りの雛人形
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Shinmachi-dori next to Local Artifacts Museum
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Kitchen
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Bust of Fujii Hikoshiro
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Hina festival dolls. 雛祭りの雛人形
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Local Artifacts Museum (Kyodo Shiryokan). Former residence of Omi merchant Nishimura Tarouemon. 郷土資料館
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Stove 炊事場
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Foyer of house 玄関
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Hina festival dolls. 雛祭りの雛人形
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Inside Local Artifacts Museum (Kyodo Shiryokan)
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Western-style bath from the early 20th century. Very unusual at the time. 西洋風バスルーム
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Entrance room
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2nd floor balcony (Watch your head).
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Inside Local Artifacts Museum (Kyodo Shiryokan)
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Bathroom sink
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Omi merchant display
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2nd floor balcony
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Connected to the Local Artifacts Museum is the History and Folklore Museum (Rekishi Minzoku Shiryokan) 歴史民族資料館
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Built in 1935, a memorial for Itoh Chube'e in Kurenai Park. くれない園
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Corridor to rooms and garden.
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View from 2nd floor balcony
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Soldier's uniform, History and Folklore Museum
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Memorial marking Itoh Chobe'e's house, right near Itoh Chube'e's house. Chobe'e was Chube'e's older brother and co-founder of Marubeni Corporation.
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2nd floor with more Hina dolls.
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History and Folklore Museum
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Another guest meeting room 客間
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2nd floor room with Hina festival dolls. 雛祭りの雛人形
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Soldier's send-off flag, History and Folklore Museum
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Main guest room 主客間
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2nd floor room looking toward the balcony.
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Omi merchant daily implements, History and Folklore Museum
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Main guest room
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Hina festival dolls in alcove.
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Omi merchant house, History and Folklore Museum
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Main guest room
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Hina festival dolls
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Omi merchant furniture, History and Folklore Museum
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Exterior view
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2nd floor with Hina festival dolls
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Omi merchant furniture, History and Folklore Museum 近江商人の帳場風景
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Exterior view
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Hinamatsuri dolls
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Omi merchant desk, History and Folklore Museum 近江商人の帳場風景
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Spacious garden outside Fujii Hikoshiro house
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Former Ban family Omi merchant home which also served as a girls school and public library until 1997. Omi-Hachiman, Shiga. 旧伴家住宅Opened to the public in 2004 as a museum. 伴庄右衛門は江戸時代初期から活躍した八幡商人の一人で、屋号を扇屋といい、主に畳表・蚊帳を商い豪商となった。
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Spacious garden outside Fujii Hikoshiro house (in background)
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Kitchen area with dirt floor.
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Entrance to former Ban family residence. Completed in 1840. 旧伴家住宅伴庄右衛門は江戸時代初期から活躍した八幡商人の一人で、屋号を扇屋といい、主に畳表・蚊帳を商い豪商となった。
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Pine tree in garden
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Kitchen area
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Inside former Ban family residence. They made their fortune selling mosquito nets and tatami straw matting.
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Spacious garden and Fujii Hikoshiro house
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Furo bath wirth wooden barrel (heated by firewood)
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Inside former Ban family residence.
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Changing room next to bath.
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Inside former Ban family residence, 2nd floor.
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Western-style room
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Path to next Omi merchant home.
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Statue of Fujii Hikoshiro
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Turn left there.
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Former Nishikawa Residence (Kyu-Nishikawa-ke Jutaku), large Omi merchant home designated as an Imnportant Cultural Property. Omi-Hachiman, Shiga. 旧西川家住宅 国重要文化財
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Old photos of Omi merchants
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Entrance to Nishikawa Residence. During the Edo Period, the family made their fortune selling mosquito nets and tatami straw matting.
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Old photos of Omi merchants carrying their trademark "tenbin" pole.
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Former home of Omi merchant Tonomura Uhee (1777-1820) (外村 宇兵衛邸).
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Wall of Nishikawa residence.
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Western-style room
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Entrance to former home of Omi merchant Tonomura Uhee.
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Inside Nishikawa residence. Omi-Hachiman, Shiga. 国重要文化財畳表や蚊帳を扱っていた江戸時代の豪商・西川利右衛門の旧宅
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Record books
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Inside former home of Omi merchant Tonomura Uhee. 玄関
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Nishikawa residence.
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Tags and certificates.
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Inside former home of Omi merchant Tonomura Uhee.
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Nishikawa residence.
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Furo bath made of wood.
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Shopfront with shopkeeper's desk.
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Business diary
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Signs
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Shopkeeper's desk.
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Nishikawa residence.
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Signs
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Living room
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Nishikawa residence.
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Kitchen area
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Bonsai plum and pine trees
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Nishikawa residence.
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Bonsai
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Nishikawa residence.
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Shopkeeper
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Shopkeep's desk
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Bonsai plum trees
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Kitchen
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Showcase
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Storage area
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Shopkeeper's record book.
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Swing-down ladder to enter upper floor.
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Shopkeeper's record book.
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Attic, mainly for storage.
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Omi merchant profiles
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Attic and ceiling
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External view
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Obata dolls 小幡人形
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External view
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Garden
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Garden
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Tokonoma alcove
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Garden
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More display cases
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External view of house
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Statue of Omi merchant peddler carrying his trademark "tenbin" pole.
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Rickshaws
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Way to the third Omi merchant house.
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Old mail box.
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Former home of Omi merchant Nakae Jungoro (中江 準五郎邸).
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Ohmi Merchant Museum is on the 3rd floor of this building. 近江商人博物館 Map
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Former home of Omi merchant Nakae Jungoro (中江 準五郎邸).
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This is actually the Tenbin no Sato Culture Center. てんびんの里文化学習センター
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Entrance to home of Omi merchant Nakae Jungoro (中江 準五郎邸).
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Ohmi Merchant Museum
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Entrance to home of Omi merchant Nakae Jungoro (中江 準五郎邸).
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Ohmi Merchant Museum
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Inside the home of Omi merchant Nakae Jungoro (中江 準五郎邸).
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Sign showing the way to Omi merchant homes.
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Bonsai
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Corridor
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Obata doll museum
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Omi Obata Deko dolls
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Dolls
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Stairs to 2nd floor.
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Stairway
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Tokonoma alcove with scroll.
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Window
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Tokonoma alcove and scroll
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2nd floor room
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View from 2nd floor
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Garden and pond. This house has a nice garden.
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Stone lantern in garden
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Garden
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Garden and former home of Omi merchant Nakae Jungoro (中江 準五郎邸).
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Former home of Omi merchant Nakae Jungoro (中江 準五郎邸).
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Namako wall
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Local souvenir shop uses a former Omi shonin home in Hino.
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A room inside a renovated Hino merchant home.
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Another Hino merchant home to visit is the Omi Hino Shonin Furusato-kan (近江日野商人ふるさと館). Former grand residence of Hino merchant Yamanaka Shokichi (旧山中正吉邸).
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Entrance to the Omi Hino Shonin Furusato-kan (近江日野商人ふるさと館). On the road leading to the entrance of Umamioka Watamuki Shrine.Yamanaka Shokichi was a Hino merchant born in 1809. He became a sake brewer in Shizuoka Prefecture. By the 1920s, his family became one of Shizuoka's most successful sake brewers.
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Omi Hino Shonin Furusato-kan was purchased and restored by Hino Town. It opened in April 2015.
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Click here for blog post about Omi Hino Shonin Furusato-kan.
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Japanese-style rooms.
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This room is the home's largest and also where you can have lunch.
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Lunch at Omi Hino Shonin Furusato-kan.
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Dessert was fig. Yummy!Reservations are required to have lunch here. Prices are affordable, starting at around ¥1,500. Call 0748-52-0008 (in Japanese). Address: 1264 Nishioji, Hino-cho, Gamou-gun, Shiga-ken 529-1628 (滋賀県蒲生郡日野町大字西大路1264番地)
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The food was prepared by a group of local ladies calling themselves the "Society for Continuing Traditional Cooking" (伝統料理を継続する会).They use locally grown vegetables and other ingredients made in Japan. They say that everything is "wholeheartedly handmade."
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Garden
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Intricate transom in the Japanese-style room.
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Intricate transom in the Japanese-style room.
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Western-style room in Omi Hino Shonin Furusato-kan.
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Notice the safe.
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Kitchen
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Western-style bathroom
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Hino's Shimizu-cho neighborhood also has a traditional townscape.
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About Hino's Shimizu-cho neighborhood.
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Inside a former Omi shonin home in Hino. A garden view in most rooms.
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Inside a former Omi shonin home in Hino.
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Entrance to a kura storehouse inside a former Omi shonin home in Hino.
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Archives Museum (経済学部附属史料館) at Shiga University.
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Shiga University's Archives Museum centers mainly on Omi shonin merchants.
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A good collection of artifacts related to Omi shonin.
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Hikone Castle moat
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Snake swimming in the moat.
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Sawara has a scenic traditional townscape (merchant buildings) along the Ono River near JR Sawara Station (Narita Line).
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