Nakake Jyutaku (Naka Residence) 0

The house of an early Edo-period shoya is preserved and open to the public. The magnificent main building and front gate suggest the prosperity enjoyed in its heyday.

  • Open

    10:00 - 16:30 (admissions close 16:00)
  • Closed

    Wednesdays (Thursdays when holidays fall on Wednesday), New Year holidays (12/29 - 1/3)
    *Monday - Friday (except for holidays) in January, February, and August

The residence is a 15-minute walk to the east from JR Hanwa Line Kumatori Station. The preserved house, now open to the public, has been the residence of the Naka family which has a long and distinguished history. During the Heian period the cloistered emperor Goshirakawa paid a visit on his way to Kumano, and during the Edo period the household was appointed village head, or shoya, of Kishiwada Han. The residence was designated as an Important Cultural Property by the Japanese government in 1964. The large front gate leads to the main building, thought to date from the early Edo period. The thatched roof is hipped and gabled (irimoyazukuri), with the main entrance on the gabled side of the building (tsumairi). Inside, the house has one of the largest doma (dirt-floor room) in the Kinki region. The dynamic scale and independent nature of this doma is almost reminiscent of a kuri (priests' living quarters) in a Buddhist temple, or a kitchen of a samurai-class residence. Today the main building, front gate and karamon gate are the only extant structures, but a late Edo period illustration shows auxiliary buildings including a shoin-style kyakuden (reception building), a gatehouse and a go-kura (communal storehouse), indicating that the residence was once of far grander scale.