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It was for me
​Find a way to enjoy it.

Each person has their own way of enjoying the garden. You can also admire the old houses and gardens, appreciate the furnishings and learn about salt. Here, we will introduce the main highlights, but please come and find your own.




Built on seven stone steps and a solid stone wall, the girders are greeted by a magnificent gate that stretches for 24 meters. The name comes from the fact that both sides of the gate are like a row house used as a residence. It was also used as a resting place and a simple lodging place.


The six warehouses stood neatly lined up and contained rice, tools, and documents. Actually, the age of each building and the pattern of the Namako wall are different. Currently, two buildings have been renovated to become an exhibition hall.


If you sit on the porch of the front shrine and look up, there is a very long crossbar that supports the roof. A genuine red pine girder, which is 17 meters long, supports the long eaves.


When I put my ear on a bamboo tube with a round hole, water was collected in a jar buried under the water place where I wash my hands, and the sound of water echoing like the sound of a dripping koto was heard there. I can hear you.


Omotesando Garden

The bright dry landscape garden, which spreads to the southeast of the Shoin and is exposed to the sun, welcomed important customers. Black pine, cypress, cypress, etc. are planted, and in early summer, the flowers of Satsuki are in full bloom. An artificial hill is set up in the back, and the Penglai stone group using Inujima stone also serves as an expression of a dead waterfall.

Tea room

At Akebono-tei, which is built of cedar wood in Tsukiyama, you can see Akebono. Yokitei is a copy of Urasenke's famous seat "Matahigaku" and conveys a prestigious appearance. The round window of Rinchi-tei faces the dead pond in the mossy garden. In the garden, there is a tea room with 3 seats, which is unique like this.

Main house garden

It is a Horai-style garden that wishes for longevity and prosperity centered on dead waterfalls, moss, and strange stones. You can feel the flow of water from the dead waterfall pouring into Oike.

Main house

The main building, which became the center of the Nozaki family's life and work, is 23 ken (about 42 meters) long and has a spectacular view overlooking the nine tatami rooms.



Natural stones are picked up without gaps by the detailed Bizen stacking, and the height is 12 meters, and it continues for about 50 meters while drawing a curve. Only one piece of stone is mixed in the shape of a fan, so please come and look for it.


The kitchen, which was also used as a dining room for employees, is full of old utensils. You may come across a nostalgic tool that you used in the past.


How to enjoy

Get to know the new business model of the time.

-Shioda management of the Nozaki family

Why did the Nozaki family's salt farms have an advantage? There are two main reasons. One is that the salt farm performance itself was excellent. The economies of scale obtained by enlarging the salt fields themselves, the improvement of salt permeability using fine sand, the introduction of iron kettles, and the use of coal instead of pine needles and firewood as fuel.
Secondly, the introduction of this work walking system, which is a management method unique to the Nozaki family, has brought great success. It is different from the traditional tenant farming system and the fact that the Nozaki family manages everything. It was a method in which each other had benefits and risks. As a result, profits and losses were gently leveled, whether it was a good harvest or a bad harvest. But diversifying profit and loss is not the real goal, but what is important is how to be productive. When workers are involved in the position of management, if the production volume increases, it will be an incentive for them as it is. Therefore, even if there is something wrong with the tools, materials, or equipment supplied, it will be a motivation to fix it or take good care of it by ourselves without pretending to be blind. With such a new management, the Nozaki family could become a successful salt industry.


Know the life at that time.

-Kitchen utensils

About 50 people lived and worked during the day on the Nozaki family's premises, so there are still many tools and equipment for daily life. When I cooked rice, I burned firewood in a kamado. With a sake liquor, you can warm the sake on both sides by putting charcoal in the center and burning it. The iron also has a chimney because the fuel is coal and smoke must escape somewhere. It may seem that you can do anything with electricity now, but in the past there was no electricity. From the Taisho era to the Showa era, electricity became commonplace, but at the Nozaki family, electric stoves, all-purpose shichirins, toasters, etc. are now commonplace, but at that time, machines that were at the forefront of the times were used. I did.

Learn about salt.


There may be times when you seem to know about the salt that is familiar to us, but you may not know it. Is salt only used for eating? Is there anything wrong with making salt in Japan surrounded by the sea? In the past, salt was made in the salt fields, but where is it made now? The exhibition hall introduces salt making in the past and present and salt making in the world. Also, by experiencing salt making, you may find that it may be troublesome to make salt yourself, which you can easily get cheaply if you go to the supermarket.



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Various items will be exhibited depending on each season. The Nozaki family holds various furnishings such as calligraphy and ceramics, including the Hina dolls that the Ikeda clan, the lord of the Okayama domain, worshiped. Since its founding in the Edo period, the Nozaki family, who have continued to build their fortunes by continuing their family business, has been visited by many literary artists and tool shops, and the election of Takeyoshiro Nozaki, a member of the House of Peers, has deepened exchanges with the political and business world. rice field. It can be said that the Nozaki family's collection is a valuable item backed by interaction with our family.



While developing Shioda, the founder, Takezaemon, also focused on the construction of the mansion. As a generation, they came to fruition as Shioda 161 Choho and the magnificent site of Oshoya. The Nozaki family has endeavored to maintain and expand the remaining property without damaging it by the policy transmitted to the Nozaki family. Naikai Salt Industries continues to make salt, and the Ryuo Kaikan, a public interest incorporated foundation, manages the vast site that has become a national important cultural property and a historic site of the prefecture. We will continue to carry on the history that has been passed down continuously.

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