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Ise Kawasaki Shoninkan (Merchant Museum)
Ise Kawasaki Shoninkan (Merchant Museum)
Ise Kawasaki Merchant Museum is the sightseeing hub of Kawasaki. The old-fashioned atmosphere feels somehow nostalgic and familiar, a hint of classic Japan. Kawasaki once served as “Ise’s kitchen”, a merchants' quarters that availed itself of the water transport of the Seta River to ferry merchandise. Pilgrims to the Ise Shrine would stop at this area for food and entertainment. The Ise Kawasaki Merchant Museum is housed in a renovated historic sake wholesaler shop that lasted for approximately 300 years. Visitors can tour an archive building that contains literature on both the history and culture of the area, a reception room that preserves the vestiges of the time, a garden, and a tea room. The museum also carries antique gadgets and is packed with the hustle and bustle of shoppers day after day.

We also recommend renting a bike from the Ise Kawasaki Merchant Museum and riding along the Seta River. The trail exudes a historic atmosphere and is another great way to enjoy the area.
Address 2-25-32 Kawasaki, Ise-shi, Mie-ken, 516-0009
Directions Public Transportation
A five-minute drive from JR and Kintetsu Iseshi Station

By car
Twenty minutes from the Isenishi Interchange by car.
Hours of operation 9:30 - 17:00 (Merchant warehouse opens at 10:00)
Telephone 0596-22-4810
Website Official site
Closed Tuesday (or the following day if Tuesday lands on a national holiday)
Fees Adults: ¥300, University and High School Students: ¥200, Junior High and elementary school students: ¥100, free for younger children
All information posted here are as of January 14, 2016.
Please be aware that current information may differ from contents posted.

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