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Itami City Gochokan (former Okada Residence & Sake Cellar, former Ishibashi Residence, and Shinmachi-ya)
These spots are located in the Miyanomae Culture Town along with Kakimura Bunko, the City Art Museum, and the City Craft Center. They were constructed to serve as a headquarters for sharing with the world the past of the historic and culturally significant Itami village: its castle-town location at the base of the impregnable Arioka Castle, its former role as a thriving Edo-period sake-brewing town, and the haikai poetry and other literary traditions that followed.
The former Okada Residence & Sake Cellar, an Important Cultural Property, is a machiya (townhouse) dating to the early Edo period that houses Japan's oldest recorded surviving sake cellar. There's also the former Ishibashi Residence, a Designated Prefectural Cultural Property that dates to the late Edo period, and the machiya-style Shinmachi-ya, also from the Edo period.
At the former Okada and Ishibashi Residences, furniture, tools, videos, and other aids give visitors an understanding of Itami's sake-making and merchant lifestyles. The Ishibashi Residence displays and sells local jewelry and crafts in the craft shop; Shinmachi-ya has glass crafts exhibits and a multipurpose workshop.

Address 2-5-28 Miyanomae, Itami 664-0895
Contact Itami City Gochokan 072-772-5959 
hours open 10:00-18:00 (last entry at 17:30)
Parking Lot
Yes, Miyanomae Underground Parking (paid)
Regular holiday
Eevery Monday (or the next business day if Monday is a holiday), and Dec. 29 - Jan. 3
traffic 9 min. on foot from Itami Station on the Hankyu Itami Line
6 min. on foot from Itami Station on the JR Takarazuka Line
Web site http://www.city.itami.lg.jp/seishu_itami/jp/hassyo/scenery_spot_of_sake_breweries/miyanomae/1441415846925.html

Barrier-free toilet (3 wheelchair-accessible stalls and 1 stall with handrails)
Wheelchair rental service
Foreign language pamphlets (English)