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Former Shiwaku Administration Office

Since the age of provincial wars, the elders of the islands took turns to govern in this office, now open as a museum.

Historical site, History museum

Since the age of provincial wars when Shiwaku navy was active, the war lord Nobunaga Oda, Hideyoshi Toyotomi who defeated all other lords, Ieyasu Tokugawa who started Edo feudal government, and other administrations had given autonomy to Shiwaku islands. This administration office was built in 1798. From among 650 sailors on Shiwaku islands, three prominent men called “Elders” were selected and took turns in governing in this office.

In Meiji Period and afterwards, it was used as Honjima island’s government office until the designation as the national historical site in 1970.

Roughly 1488m2 of premises is surrounded by earthen walls and townhouses with gates. The main building, renovated in 1860, and the storage for important documents still remain. Today, the main house is open as a history museum about Shiwaku. Kanrinmaru was the first ship to successfully cross the Pacific Ocean in Japan and the objects that the crew brought back from America are exhibited here, as well as the documents with red seals issued by the authorities such as Ieyasu.

Highlights

  • From among 650 sailors on Shiwaku islands, three prominent men called “Elders” were selected and governed in this office.
  • Designated as the national historical site in 1970.
  • Today, the main house is open as a history museum with documents with red seals and objects brought back by the Kanrinmaru crew from America on exhibition.

Photos

  • Dignified townhouse with a gate that reflects the past prosperity

    Dignified townhouse with a gate that reflects the past prosperity

  • The main house is open as a history museum

    The main house is open as a history museum

  • Valuable documents are displayed

    Valuable documents are displayed

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Details

Name in Japanese
塩飽勤番所跡
Postal Code
763-0223
Address
81 Honjimachotomari, Marugame City, Kagawa
Tel
0877-27-3540
Closed
Mondays (If holiday, the following day)
Business Hours
9:00am-4:00pm
Admission
Adult, 200yen
Directions
from Honjima Port, walk 10 min or 5 min on a rental bicycle.
Credit Cards
Not accepted
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)