The Shitamachi Museum was founded as a historical landmark to teach and preserve shitamachi culture. Shitamachi literally translates as “downtown,” although this is not the same as “downtown.” Its name comes from the fact that these shitamachi residents live in the lowlands. The museum’s first floor has a recreation of a street from this era, with visitors able to walk down the street and into the residences and businesses. The museum’s second floor gives visitors a more in-depth insight at shitamachi life through preserved records and actual household goods from the historical period, with one exhibit devoted to the numerous toys that children would play with.
360 years in business About Matsuzakaya Honten, a Hakone Ashinoyu Onsen Founded in 1662 and depicted in Hiroshige Utagawa's ukiyoe woodblock prints, Matsuzakaya Honten has been a long-established onsen inn since the Edo period. The inn has been visited by many...