The oldest extant sake brewery in Japan was built in 1674, during Japan’s Edo era. It was originally a merchant’s house – specifically, the former residence of the Okada family. Likewise, a second building (formerly the home of the Ishibashi merchant family) is still standing, and is most notable for its still intact shop front. Both houses have been officially designated Important Cultural Assets of Japan.
These two buildings nowadays make up Itami Town Hall (‘Gochokan’) – where numerous events, music concerts, etc. are frequently held, as well as historical exhibitions. As such, the town hall is well worth a visit for anyone interested in various aspects of Japanese history and culture.


Festival of Itami city in this month

Timeline of Itami Gocho Museum