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Amstelveen, The Netherlands1,671 contributions
About halfway down the Meotoiwa Front Approach road this former guesthouse built in 1887 is definitely worth a visit. As I understood it the first guests around that time were members of the Imperial family.
At present the building is in use as a museum and is very well kept with a lot of interesting rooms. I was especially impressed by the huge Grand Hall in the building consisting of 120(!) tatami mats.
Another room on the second floor gave a great look over the beautiful garden with the Pacific Ocean on the background.
Written 5 September 2019
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Invorio126 contributions
Situated at walking distance from the famous Wedded Rocks of Meotoiwa in Futamiura, the Hinjitsukan was built in 1887 as a rest house for important visitors to the Grand Shrine of Ise. It was sold in 1911 and up to 1999 run as a prestigious Japanese-style inn. In 2003 it was reopened as a museum. A visit at Hinjitsukan brings you back to the atmosphere of the ancient Japan. You can appreciate the magnificent architecture of a traditional Japanese-style building with original objects and fittings and the breathtaking beauty of its sophisticated gardens. New rooms will be soon opened to the public. In the Grand Hall at the second floor you can also try to play the traditional koto (Japanese stringed musical instrument). The admission fee is only 300 yen.
Written 29 July 2019
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Kobe93 contributions
Many visitors to Japan walk one kind of cultural trail or another, each trying to find Japan of his or her image. Few will succeed in such an effort, because it calls for broad perspective and sharp sensitivity to cultural differences. Japan poses an extra challenge, because its cultural trait lies in subtle or subdued expression. For example, one Buddha statue, temple, or even castle looks very much like another. Yet, each cultural relic has a unique history of its own, and the knowledge on such historical background plays a key in appreciating its cultural value. Hinjitsukan is no exception to this rule, and its history is closely intertwined with that of Ise Shrine.

Ise shrine was built to honor God Amaterasu, the mythological figure who is regarded as the founding father of Japanese nation and, by extension, of the Imperial Household. As such, throughout the ages, it has been the most important destination of pilgrimage for Japanese people of all walks of life. The close affiliation between Ise Shrine and the Imperial Household is embodied in the long-standing practice that the deputy figure of Emperor is sent for the shrine’s three important ceremonial occasions every year. In Meiji era, its importance heightened, as Meiji Revolution had brought Emperor into the center of Japanese polity. Accordingly, increasing number of nobilities and political leaders had started to come to Ise. This guesthouse was built in 1887, at the occasion of the visit by the mother of Emperor Meiji, and it proudly displays the long list of visitors from the Imperial Household.

Although it was built in a hurry, it was constructed by applying the best architectural skills and crafts of the time. It aimed to be, and served well as the club house for “high society” figures who visit Ise Shrine. However, the World War II was the watershed for the facility’s operation. The political and economical conditions after the war led to significant decline in the number of customers. By the time when Japan had achieved remarkable economic recovery, visitors’ taste had also changed. People tended to prefer modern hotels with convenient facilities, to its old-fashioned facilities and services.

This change of fortune had forced its original owner, the association of elite members among the patrons of Ise Shrine, to hand over the premises to the neighboring Japanese Inn so that it could be operated as its annex. However, even the inn management found it economically nonviable in due course, and ready to demolish the premise. It was saved from such a fate by the group of people who appreciate its historical and architectural value. They have set up an NPO, with the aim of preserving Hinjitsukan as an important historical monument and an integral part of the pilgrimage tradition in Ise.

Visitors to this premise will hopefully appreciate its very unique architectural and historical nature and, in turn, the effort of the people who are associated with this NPO. The entrance fee (about $3.00) the NPO charges seems nominal, in view of high maintenance cost for the sophisticated structures and decorations that feature this architecture.

It has a big and beautifully decorated hall (the size of which is about 2,400 sq.ft), which is quite a marvel as a traditional Japanese-style architecture. Internal decorations are also very much traditional Japanese style. However, the floor plan of the building cannot be said the same. This apparent incongruity suggests the ambivalence that the Japanese elites in Meiji Era had between Japanese tradition and Western modernity.

Hinjitsukan is easily accessible by city bus or JR, if prepared to stroll for 10 minutes. If one is visiting Hutami Rock, then one could include the visit to this place by a short walk along the paved beachside passage.
Written 27 April 2018
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Singapore, Singapore205 contributions
It's located in on the way to Meoto iwa and 10 mins walk from Futamino ura station (less than 30 mins from Ise Shrine Naigu by bus). Admission fee is 300 yen. The building is very Japanese traditional style and beautifully maintained even the building was used to use by Japanese royal families for more than 120 years.
Staff was very kind to keep our luggage in the reception. Also, they offer clean thick socks to all guests for free since the building does not have any heating systems.
Written 29 December 2017
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Yokohama, Japan213 contributions
This is a Beautiful old building that has been well preserved. It is well worth the time to walk through and view the gardens.
Written 7 April 2017
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