The Ikedaya Yasubei Shoten in downtown Toyama city is a store selling traditional Japanese medicines.
Toyama has long been a center of the pharmaceutical industry and patent medicines in Japan since the Edo period (1603-1868). The industry has its roots in the 17th century when a wandering physician from Okayama came here and presented Maeda Masatoshi, the ruling daimyo (feudal lord) with a family recipe.
So successful was the cure that the daimyo promoted its production within his fief and before the modern period Toyama patent medicines were popular in Korea, China and South East Asia.
Although the medicines are now produced using up-to-date technologies, visitors to Ikedaya Yasubei Shoten can still see how medicines were manufactured using Edo era techniques, using wooden machines.
A variety of drugs are for sale at Ikedaya Yasubei Shoten including pills for colds, constipation, high blood pressure and skin ailments.
Ikedaya Yasubei Shoten
Tel: 076 425 1871
Ikedaya Yasubei Shoten is located very close to the Toyama Glass Art Museum and a 20 minute walk south from Toyama Station.
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