Former SAKURAYA inn
Completed in 1910
HISTORY of Former SAKURAYA inn
A former pilgrimage lodge built in 1910. It is the oldest building on Sakuramachi-dori that is confirmed to date (February 2021). In addition to the typical features of buildings on Sakuramachi-dori, such as it being a dashigeta-zukuri (house with protruding longitudinal beams) with its latticework, the combination of cherry blossom carvings on the latticework is eye-catching. A torifusuma (cylindrical tile projecting upwards) is attached on the ridge. The building was renovated in 2019 as part of the second phase of the government-led project to revitalise old houses.
FEATUREFeature of Former SAKURAYA inn
A girder with its bottom chords and beams protruding from the exterior wall to the street is called “dashigeta”. It is sometimes called "degeta". By passing rafters over the dashigeta-zukuri structure, the eaves can be elongated. This type of structure is often seen in machiya houses, and is called dashigeta-zukuri.
A lattice projecting outwards from an external wall is called degōshi (lattice bay window). There are various types of lattices, including kiriko-gōshi (faceted lattices), which is a combination of vertical timbers extending to the top but interrupted in the middle. The upper part of the lattice is left opened in comparison to the type where all the timbers are extended to the top. On Sakuramachi-dori, there is also a type of lattice that is decorated with carved cherry blossoms. These lattices show the unique characteristics of the area.
A cylindrical tile projecting upwards, placed on top of a onigawara (ridge-end tile). ‘Fusuma’ is a bedding used in the Heian period and the words means a ‘bed for birds’. It is said to be used to protect the onigawara from bird droppings, and is also called ‘tori-yasumi (resting bird)’ or ‘suzumegawara (sparrow tile)’.