Tsubaki Shogunate's Inn (Koriyama-shuku Shogunate's Inn) 0

This traditional ryokan inn hosted Edo period daimyo and samurai.

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  • Open

    10:00 - 16:00 (reserve in advance by phone)
    *Groups of five and larger must make a reservation 10 days in advance
    *Bookings 9:00 - 17:00
  • Closed

    Mondays and Tuesdays, holidays (closed Wednesdays when Monday or Tuesday is a holiday), New Year holidays (12/20 - 1/10)

In the Edo period, the daimyo of Western Japan and other figures of importance stayed in this ryokan (a traditional style of Japanese inn). It lies almost in the exact center of the old Saigoku Kaido highway connecting Kyoto and Nishinomiya and was officially called the Settsu Koriyama-shuku Shogunate's Inn. However, there was a magnificent camellia ("tsubaki" in Japanese) that stood at the guest's entrance, so in time it came to be informally known as Tsubaki Shogunate's Inn Originally established in 1635, the building was destroyed by fire in 1718 together with its valuable old records (aside from the hotel register). However, it was rebuilt three years later in 1721 and since then has remained unchanged for around 280 years, earning it a National Historic Site designation. There are also records showing that Asano Naganori, famed as the lord of Ako Castle mentioned in the Tale of the 47 Ronin, stayed here every year from 1697 to 1701. If you make a reservation by phone for a group of 5 or more up to 10 days in advance, you can tour the facility for free. Simply seeing these gorgeous rooms where daimyo once slept makes it worth the visit.