Lodging Town along Nakasendo - Okegawajuku
Trace the good old days of Japan at Nakasendo, Okegawajuku.
Okegawajuku, located in Okegawa City in Saitama Prefecture, was developed in Edo Period (1603-1868) as the 6th lodging town along Nakasendo Rd. The image of the good old days of Japan still lingers in the area. Safflower and other produce were gathered and distributed in this lodging town, nationally known as Okegawa Enshi (scarlet dyes).
Inari shrine has the stone lanterns donated by safflower merchants and Japan’s biggest “power stone.” Along Nakasendo Road, there are 3-story Shimamura Family’s earthen warehouse built in 1836 and other rare buildings reminding us of Okegawajuku.
Okegawa Gion Festival, said to have begun in the mid Edo Period, has been loved and passed on to this day. Stop by Nakasendo Shukubakan that offers information about the city and Nakasendo as well as a place to rest.
The 6th lodging town along Nakasendo.
The production area of safflower used as a dye back then.
Images of good old Japan still remain.
Okegawa Gion Festival carries the traditions of Okegawajuku.
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- Name in Japanese
- 中山道宿場町 桶川宿
- Postal Code
- 1-11-19 Kotobuki, Okegawa City, Saitama (Nakasendo Shukubakan)
- 048-778-3567 (Nakasendo Shukubakan)
- 9am - 4pm
- Nakasendo Parking, Free for 1 hour
- 8-min walk from JR Takasaki Line, Okegawa Station
- Official Website
- Official Website (Japanese)