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Rest house for the feudal lords

In the pre-modern Edo period, the alternate-year commuting policy of sankin-kotai was formalized by the third shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu. Every other year, provincial feudal lords and their entourage traveled to the capital city of Edo to meet the shogun, resided there for a year, and then returned to their home domain. Honjin were residences where feudal lords and Edo shogunate officials rested during their journey.
Satoyama villa HONJIN, housed in a former Ozawa family property, is located in the Hofukuji-shuku lodging district along the old Edo Road traveled by the lords of the Matsumoto clan on their way to Edo to pass through Matsumotodaira to Ueda. The main guesthouse, reconstructed in 1913 and now more than 110 years old, was modeled after the original building, which burned down in 1908. After lying empty for a decade, it was reborn as a traditional folk house-style inn thanks to local volunteers who wished to hand down its historic value to its posterity. (The inn is a Registered Tangible Cultural Property and has won the Nagano Prefecture Architectural Culture and Matsumoto Cityscape Awards.)

Honjin has three entrances: the roof on the left is exclusively for the feudal lord, the middle entrance is for the retainers, and the residents of the house use the smallest entrance. Once inside the main house, the common space on the first floor opens up to a 13-meter high atrium, its crisscrossing Zelkova beams bearing witness to the building’s history.

The Shiga District
and the Ozawa family

Matsumoto City’s Shiga District, where Honjin is located, prospered as a major transportation hub on the Tosan Road, which was already in use by the 8th century. In the Edo period, it was home to three lodging towns, with the Zenkoji and Edo Roads also passing through the area.
Edo Road refers to Hofukuji Road, the route used by Matsumoto clan feudal lord in their commute from Matsumoto to Edo via the Hofukuji Pass and the Urano-shuku lodging district in Ueda. The Hofukuji Road was also a logistics hub, believed to have been the largest in the clan for transporting tribute rice to Edo.
Honjin’s Ozawa family owned vast amounts of farmland and numerous rice-filled warehouses. It is believed that “the price of the rice depends on when the warehouse of the Ozawa family opens,” which offers a glimpse into the extent of this family’s impact on the local economy at that time. The Ozawa family’s Honjin residence, centrally located in the old Hofukuji-shuku on the Edo Road, served as a rest house for the daimyo during their sankin-kotai commute.

Shiga was also unique in that it was under the direct control of the Ise Shrine in medieval times and the Tokugawa Shogunate in the Edo period, thus developing its own cultural sphere.
Under direct shogunate control, Shiga was spared from the scourge of the Meiji-era anti-Buddhist movement in the late 19th century, when many temples were destroyed in other parts of the Matsumoto clan. With many of its medieval Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines intact, Shiga has a historic and picturesque townscape. Former lodging towns (Hofukuji-shuku, Kariyahara-shuku, and Aida-shuku) have also retained their traditional atmosphere and are noteworthy heritage tourism resources.

Our Suites

Feudal Lord’s Garden View Suite

  • person4 occupants
  • activity_zone121㎡
  • villa1st floor, garden facing
  • king_bedSemi-double and twin beds
  • smoke_freeNon-smoking
  • hot_tubBathroom available

Feudal Lord's Garden View Junior Suite

  • person4 occupants
  • activity_zone90㎡
  • villa2nd floor, east side
  • king_bedQueen sized double bed
  • smoke_freeNon-smoking
  • hot_tubBathroom available

Feudal Lord's Bridge Junior Suite

  • person3 occupants
  • activity_zone86㎡
  • villa2nd floor, west side
  • king_bedQueen sized double bed
  • smoke_freeNon-smoking
  • hot_tubBathroom available

Main house rental

The entire main house is available for rent.
Please contact us for details.


  • (1)Free high-speed Wi-Fi
  • (2)Heating
  • (3)Hair dryers
  • (4)Toothbrushes
  • (5)Restaurant
  • (6)Housekeeping
  • (7)Vehicle parking
  • (8)Convenience store (five-minute drive)


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Reservations are required.

Hikariya Dinner Course

Guests will be transported to Hikariya, a restaurant that fuses Japanese traditions and Western culture. It is housed in the renovated and prestigious Hikariya merchant quarters, a historical building constructed 120 years ago. Its two branches—the natural French restaurant Hikariya Nishi and the Japanese restaurant Hikariya Higashi—offer rich rustic dishes that highlight the Shinshu region's abundant ingredients, such as the wild vegetation in the area's forests and mountains. Take your fill of all this region has to offer, including the unique flavors of each season.

Private Chef Service

Take advantage of our optional private catering service, including renowned chefs from Tobira Group accommodations such as Myojinkan and Hikariya. Expert chefs will prepare your meals right in front of you.

Cafe Kamenoya Annex

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the Cafe Kamenoya Annex, a Western style building with unique history and charm.


Reservations are required.

We offer various activities to experience the nature of the surrounding village. Guided village walks will allow you to take in the inspiring Japanese landscapes, including the Northern Alps. Guests can also enjoy electric bicycle tours, planting rice, and making soba noodles, and, at our nearby partner temple, sutra copying and the homa fire ritual.


The Satoyama Concierge is available to support your trip.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

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