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Lodging Town along Nakasendo - Okegawajuku

Trace the good old days of Japan at Nakasendo, Okegawajuku.

Historical/Cultural Facilities

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.

Highlights

  • 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.

Photos

  • Safflower was gathered and distributed at the lodging town, Okegawa

    Safflower was gathered and distributed at the lodging town, Okegawa

  • Shimamura Family’s warehouse

    Shimamura Family’s warehouse

  • Japan’s largest power stone at Inari shrine

    Japan’s largest power stone at Inari shrine

  • Okegawa Gion Festival

    Okegawa Gion Festival

  • A rest place/tourist info center, Nakasendo Shukubakan

    A rest place/tourist info center, Nakasendo Shukubakan

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Details

Name in Japanese
中山道宿場町 桶川宿
Postal Code
363-0016
Address
1-11-19 Kotobuki, Okegawa City, Saitama (Nakasendo Shukubakan)
Telephone
048-778-3567 (Nakasendo Shukubakan)
Hours
9am - 4pm
Admission
Free
Parking
Nakasendo Parking, Free for 1 hour
Access
8-min walk from JR Takasaki Line, Okegawa Station
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)