Hommaru Palace is constructed in the “Shoin-zukuri” architectural style, in which the structure and design of rooms, such as the ceiling, transom windows, decorative fixtures, and partition paintings, all vary according to the room’s status and use.
Note the structural beauty of the warrior-style Shoin-zukuri, said to have been completed in the early Edo period, and the masterful technique of modern artisans that restored it.
Oshiyama had a fort built from the Middle Ages and was called “Mineyama Fort”. Locally, it is called “Ontake-sama”. The Mineyama village at the trailhead is located on the mountainside with an altitude of 670m and was opened by Ota Zaemon Taro Sahiko in the middle ages.
Take in the atmosphere of the town that was painted by Utagawa Hiroshige in his “Fifty-Three Stages of Tokaido”. The Arimatsu Traditional Streets were designated as an Important Preservation District of Traditional Buildings by the national government in July 2016.
The town of Arimatsu was founded on the Tokaido road in 1608.
Takeda Shokuro, along with eight others who moved from the hamlet of Agui (present-day Agui-cho, Chitagun, Aichi Prefecture), established the town which blossomed into a famous region known for its shibori tie-dying.
For over more than 400 years, much of the town’s distinctive streets and architecture have remained unchanged as they continue to help many experiences the culture of shibori and the beauty of Japan to this very day.