・13 min Tram bound for '1.Sofukuji'
・4 min walk from 'Shiambashi' stop (5 min walk from Sofukuji)
・8 min from Nagasaki JR Station (2km)
・15 min from Nagasaki dou 'Nagasaki I.C.' via Nagasaki Dejima (5.5km)
・15 min from Nagasaki Megami Ohashi road 'Tomachi I.C.' (6.5km)
・16 min from Nagasaki by-pass 'Kawabira I.C.' (7km)
・5 min walk from 'Shiambashi' or 'Sofukuji iriguchi' stop / 210m away from Sofukuji eki
History of Nagasaki and Kagetsu
Maruyama, Nagasaki was one of the top 3 major Yukaku (red light districts) like Yoshiwara, Edo and Shimabara, Kyoto. Kagetsu (Hikitaya) opened in 1642 (Kanei 19). Saikaku Ihara wrote in Nihon Eitaigura as follows 'If there is not Maruyama in Nagasaki, silver will safely arrive at Kamigata (Kyoto and Osaka area). 'This was the place for a social interaction for people played an important role in Nagasaki from Edo, Bakumatsu to Meiji. Many writers and artists visited here. Especially Sanyo Rai stayed for 3 months, named Kagetsu 'Youka sankan' and left Tenkoku (seal-engraving). Kagetsu was designated as a historical site by Nagasaki prefecture in 1960 and opens as 'Shiseki Ryotei' which is quite rare nationwide.
Kakejiku (Hanging scroll): Portrait of Ryoma Sakamoto
Shukokan exhibits songbook and pictures of a famous Geisha Aihachi who has been well known in the movie 'Nagasaki buraburabushi', Haiku by Kyorai Mukai, Sho by Sanyo Rai and handwriting Sho by Ryoma Sakamoto.
Petition (draft) written by Ryoma Sakamoto. It might be sent to magistrate's office when the Icarus affair happened.
The songbook and favorite items of a famous Geisha Aihachi