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Find out about Oiso’s history through buildings

Shonan Area 3h30m

A course touring the buildings that remain in Oiso. On this tour have lunch at “Oiso Geihinkan”, a Western-style building made into an Italian restaurant, and look through the “Miki Sawada Memorial Museum”, with its collection of kakure kirishitan (“hidden” Christians avoiding persecution) artifacts.

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Shimazaki Tōson Old House

A 5 minute walk along the Tokaido Line from Oiso Station. Also known as Machiya-en (traditional townhouse), the former residence of Tōson was a three-roomed single story traditional house, with cedar bark used for the outer walls, and Taisho glass (rare nowadays) for the sliding doors. There is also a small garden with a simple Kabuki-mon (gate with a crossbar) surrounded by a bamboo fence.

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Oiso-geihinkan (Former Residence of Kinoshita family)

This European-style building (the former Kinoshita family residence) was built as a merchant’s vacation house and countless honored guests have been entertained here. It has been revived as the Oiso Guest House with a pizza and Italian restaurant. A diverse menu and top service breathe life into the “spirit of hospitality” that goes beyond space and time.

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Sawada-miki Memorial Hall

This museum, which had a renewal opening in March 2014, honors the late Miki Sawada (grandchild of Mitsubishi conglomerate founder Yatarou Iwasaki) who founded the “Elizabeth Sanders Home” orphanage, and displays secret Christian relics etc.

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