Samegaijuku, located in eastern Shiga, is a station town on the Nakasendo Route that connected Kyoto and Edo (present day Tokyo) during the Edo period (1603 – 1867). The town locates by the Jizo River. The Samegaijuku Shiryokan Museum, made up of the Samegai Toiyaba and the Old Samegai Post Office, is a must visit. During the Edo period, “Toiyaba” served as a facility that helped travelers transport their horses and luggage. This is one of the very few toiyaba remaining in almost perfect condition. The inside is open to the public, and special events such as concerts are held about 4 times a year. The Old Samegai Post Office was designed by the American architect Merrell Vories. The second floor has an exhibition of old documents and drawings. Around July and August, you can see the baikamo flowers blossoming throughout the streets. Baikamo is a plant only found in Japan, and has plum-like flowers that blossom in the water. You can find them in the Jizo River. Visit after sunset to see a special light-up of the river area.

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Samegai, Maibara-shi, Shiga
〈Samegaijuku Shiryokan Museum〉
9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m. (last entry at 4:30p.m.)
〈Samegaijuku Shiryokan Museum〉
Mondays (following weekday if Monday is a public holiday), year-end holidays (Dec. 27 - Jan. 5)
〈Samegaijuku Shiryokan Museum〉
Adults: ¥200
Elementary and junior high school students: ¥100
*Group discounts available


  • FromSamegai Station (JR Tokaido Main Line)
    about a 5-minute walk