Tushi, Goshiki-cho, Sumoto City is the birthplace of Kahei Takadaya, who started a shipping business and was an active pioneer in the development of the Ezo area and Japanese-Russian civil diplomacy. When he was 22, he left Hyogo prefecture to set up a base and later moved to Hakodate to become a merchant of the Shogunate and walk down the path to becoming a wealthy merchant. He also worked as a pioneer in the north, through activities such as developing a seaway between Etorofu Island and Kunashiri Island and opening fishing grounds.
Sumoto City, Hyogo
Cultural Properties of Sumoto City
Votive goods of Tushi Hachiman Shrine
This was worshiped by the sailors of Kitamae-bune and a stone lantern was dedicated. In addition, there is a Zuijin-mon gate donated to prayers for safety when Kahei Takadaya was captured by Russia.
Ruins of Kahei Takadaya House
The ruins of the house of the prosperous businessman Kahei Takadaya, who made their fortune through Kitamae-bune.
Townscape of Tushi
In the port town where eaves of Kitamae-bune shipowners’ houses once lined up, narrow alleys that convey the town’s layout during the Edo period remain.
Materials relating to the Takadaya Family
Materials relating to Kitamae-bune of Takadaya who was a shipowner of Kitamae-bune.
A boat song of Tsushi Hachiman Shrine
A boat song dedicated to the Tsushi Hachiman Shrine that was revered by sailors of Kitamae-bune.