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Tono Furusato Village

Tono Furusato Village

This recreation of the unspoiled landscape of old Tono includes a water wheel turning in a stream, rice patties and a charcoal burner’s hut.
Enjoy experiencing a traditional mountain village here with these thatched roof magariya houses built after the mid Edo period.

  • Please come dressed to walk around comfortably, as this is a recreation of a village from the past, and there is no pavement here.
  • In order for visitors to enjoy casual conversation with maburitto, we intentionally did not make a specific course to follow through the village.
  • In some cases, mobile phones may not get reception in the village. Please take this into consideration before you come.

Hours

Open 365 days a year

Village
March – October 9:00 – 17:00(tickets sold until 16:00)
November – February 9:00 – 16:00
Restaurant
11:00 – 16:00 (Last order 15:30)

Entrance fees

Individual, Group (20 or more)
Adult: 540 yen, 490 yen
Elementary school, junior high school, high school 320 yen, 270 yen

Parking

Large vehicles: 4 (free) / Normal vehicles: 100 (free)

Contact

TEL: 0198-64-2300 / FAX: 0198-64-2827

Maburitto (Tono Protectors)

Traditional events

traditions passed along to the present

Umakko Tsunagi

Date: early June

On the day that all the gods throughout Japan gather at Tsushima Tenno Shrine to the west of Nagoya, two horses made of straw are tied together and offered so that they may be ridden by the god of agriculture.
This is also the season when many insects are active, so there is a tradition to pray for the rice crop to be protected from pests.

Protection from wind and rain festival

Date: early September

Typhoons season begins about 210 days after the start of spring. So in this event, there are a pair of male and female straw dolls and drums playing as people pray for the rain and wind to go away to the north to keep this area safe.
Visitors on this day are welcome to participate in the festival.

Decorating gates with pine branches

Date: Late December

To welcome the New Year, gates and doorways in the community are decorated with pine branches.
A path is made to welcome the gods.

Mizuki decoration

Date: mid-January

Osakudate is a symbolic decoration used on, women’s New Year (Jan 15), made with Mizuki, which doesn’t catch fire, that is hung up with “fruits” as a prayer for a bountiful harvest.

About the facility

Tono Furusato Village sightseeing spots

Daikudon (Carpenter house)

This house was built as an upper class traditional home in the Ohasama area of Hanamaki, and compared with the magariya of Tono, is a rather more valuable magariya. If you enter the building and look up toward the ceiling, you’ll see the god of fire enshrined as the kitchen god.
There is also a rather large straw figure looming here.

Kawamae Bekke

“Kawamae” means in front of the river in Japanese, which is where it gets its name as it used to stand in front of a river.
This house was built with many bent pillars and beams, really showing the skill of the carpenter that built it.

Onodon

This house was an upper class farm house in the Tsukimoushicho-ono area.
There is a Chinese poem by a local calligrapher whose name is known written on a paper door of the inner drawing room.
This building also shows the changes in the development of magariya.

Kimoiri House

This was the house of a village leader, and there is a large horse in the stable.
This house belonged to the village leader of the Isagosawa settlement. It was the largest magariya in the settlement. There is a reception room here like those in castles or magistrate’s houses, for entertaining visitors of higher rank than the village leader, making this house a very formal village leader’s residence.
*Kimoiri means a village leader’s house.

Kobiru House

In the local Tono dialect, “kobiru” means a snack.
This building belonged to the head family of the Akagawa district of Tono.
This house is straight (not a magariya), and the residents had the right to bear a surname and wear a sword during the Edo period. There is also a shed, storehouse, and stable on the grounds.

Yajurodon

The original model for homes before they became two story.
This house is an archetypal upper class farm house, with high ceilings in rooms that guests would see, and low ceilings for rooms where only the people living there dwelled.
The second floor of this house was made as a hidden room, and there are wall partitions and such making this house even more well defended than a samurai residence.

Minakuchi

This building is used as a dyeing workshop.
Rebuilt in 1999, this magariya is modern and more elegant than the others.
The dyeing workshop “Hotaru” is housed here, and visitors can try their hand at plant dyeing.
There is an attached gallery and gift shop where both plant-dyed textiles and ceramics made in the pottery house are sold.

Nature Museum

There are exhibits of the plant and animal life from around Tono.
A specimen room with animals, plants and insects indigenous to Tono.

Charcoal burner’s hut

Lumber taken from the mountains of Tono is made into charcoal.
It’s used in the hearths of the magariya in Tono.

Watermill

This watermill was for tasks like grinding straw and crushing powders. It is still in use.

Fujusha Visitor Center

The Fujusha Visitor center is the entrance to Tono Furusato Village, and contains a shop, restaurant, and library.

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