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Most viewed - Hino Merchant Homes 近江日野商人
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Manhole with the symbol of Hino merchant, Shiga Prefecture175 views
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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84 viewsSmall 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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Inside Omi Hino Merchant House77 views
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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).75 views
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Sake containers72 views
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Some laquerware sold in a renovated Hino merchant home converted into a store.72 views
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Entrance to Omi Hino Merchant House. Download the museum's English pamphlet here. Map70 views近江日野商人館
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Inside Omi Hino Merchant House70 views
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Lacquerware sold by Hino merchants68 views近江日野商人館
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Inside Omi Hino Merchant House67 views近江日野商人館
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Inside Omi Hino Merchant House67 views
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A room inside a renovated Hino merchant home.66 views
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Inside Omi Hino Merchant House63 views
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Clothing worn by Hino merchants63 views
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Medicine62 views
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Barrels of Hino merchant sake60 views
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Travel passport required to travel around Japan59 views
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Hino's Shimizu-cho neighborhood also has a traditional townscape.30 views
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Entrance to a kura storehouse inside a former Omi shonin home in Hino.30 views
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Inside a former Omi shonin home in Hino. 28 views
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Local souvenir shop uses a former Omi shonin home in Hino.28 views
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Inside a former Omi shonin home in Hino. A garden view in most rooms.26 views
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Kitchen26 views
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Lunch at Omi Hino Shonin Furusato-kan. 25 views
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Garden25 views
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Western-style bathroom25 views
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About Hino's Shimizu-cho neighborhood.24 views
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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.24 viewsYamanaka 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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This room is the home's largest and also where you can have lunch.24 views
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Japanese-style rooms.24 views
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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).24 viewsThey use locally grown vegetables and other ingredients made in Japan. They say that everything is "wholeheartedly handmade."
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Western-style room in Omi Hino Shonin Furusato-kan.24 views
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Notice the safe.24 views
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Omi Hino Shonin Furusato-kan was purchased and restored by Hino Town. It opened in April 2015.23 views
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Dessert was fig. Yummy!23 viewsReservations 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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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).22 views
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Click here for blog post about Omi Hino Shonin Furusato-kan.22 views
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Intricate transom in the Japanese-style room.22 views
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Intricate transom in the Japanese-style room.20 views
     
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