August 22, 2019 Official Site started
August 1, 2019 Ikuha Grand Opening
Built as a house/shop of a wealthy merchants Ishida family more than 100 years ago, in the area designated by the government as traditional townscape conservation district. Significant features such as “garden corridor” from the kitchen to the backyard, among other features, are maintained well. We welcome you to have a wonderful time in the traditional Yoshii house which has been preserved in its original form for many years. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of assistance to you in planning your tour.
History of town and Ikuha
Yoshiimachi of Ukiha City developed as a post town connecting major cities Kurume and Hita. Since 17C, the town flourished in commerce through manufacturing based on rich agricultural production. The whole town was redesigned after a major fire in 1869 from thatched roof houses to tiled roof and white plastered walls to be fireproof, which still consist the townscape of today. Built as a house/shop of a wealthy merchants Ishida family more than 100 years ago.
In 1996(Heisei 8) the external area of the building was extensively renovated returning it to its original form further to its recognition by the National Preservation District of Historical Buildings. The internal features of the design such as the beams (Hari), Lintel(Kamoi) and wall are in the same condition as when the building was originally constructed enabling you to experience the mood and atmosphere of buildings from the Meiji era.