An eclectic event space

Nomura Boshi-ten

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Photographer | Takuma Kimura


One of Gofuku-dori’s most talked about and beloved buildings is Nomura Boshi-ten. This Showa era renaissance revival building was once a hat store and still retains some of the reminders of that past with vintage displays of the products and the tools of the trade in the shop window.

This former hat shop is now a part-time event space, where live concerts are held throughout the year. The traditional Japanese interior of the shop, which is accentuated by the rich color of deep brown wood and a timeless bar/restaurant/cafe feel, combine to create an unexpectedly natural environment for Indian classical music. In fact, tabla and sitar performances have been held at Nomura Boshi-ten with great success.

The shop is decorated with art objects of all kinds as well as memorabilia and photographs of the shop and its patrons over the years. Two of the outstanding features of the shop are the inner garden which is simply luminous on a sunny day, and the resident cat that is more than willing to strike a pose at a moment’s notice.

For one day in February, when the Naked Man Festival, which takes place at Saidaiji Temple is held, the owner of the space opens up his doors to add the air of excitement around the event. Participants hangout in the establishment, share experiences and even play musical instruments and sing together.

The future of Nomura Boshi-ten has not yet been decided but for now it will continue to be an event venue and a place where nostalgia can run wild.

Access: (Train) From JR Okayama Station, take the JR Ako line to JR Saidaiji Station (about 18 minutes).

(Bus) Take the Ryobi bus from Okayama Station Bus Terminal to Saidaiji Bus Center (about 30 minutes). It is about a 10 minute walk from the bus center.


About the Area

Okayama City is best known for its black ‘crow castle’ and adjacent Kourakuen Garden, but this city is undergoing rapid change and growth which has created new attractions for visitors. Momotaro Odori is the central boulevard that runs from the east side of Okayama Station toward the museum-rich Cultural Zone. The Prefectural Museum of Art, located a few blocks off the end of Momotaro Odori, showcases Japanese artists and regularly exhibits works on consignment from international museums and private collections. At the heart of the city, Okayama Station is a transportation hub and a nexus for shopping and dining.

Cancellation Policy

1) Detailed tour information & conditions will be given after application is made; please read and confirm the final itinerary before the departure date.
2) Reservations: Fill out the application contact form; application is complete upon payment. Reservations accepted by phone, mail, fax, online, or other communicative methods. The contract is not valid at time of reservation; the customer will be asked to submit an application form and payment within 3 days from time of reservation. If application form and payment are not submitted within the term, the reservation shall be considered void.
3) Items not included in tour price: Transportation costs not included in itinerary, optional tour fees, excess baggage fees, any fees of a personal nature (phone bills, meal costs, etc.) Items excluded from the tour will be stated in the tour information.
4) Cancellation fees: When the application is cancelled by the customer or when payment has not been made by the specified date, Ryobi Tours shall receive a percentage of the per person tour fee as a cancellation fee, or a penalty fee. Differences in room charges that result from one person in a group cancelling shall be charged to the participating person(s).

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