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Chiran Samurai Residence Garden

6198 Kori, Chinan-cho, Minamikyushu 897-0302, Kagoshima Prefecture
+81 993-58-7878
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Beautiful Gardens

We visited the gardens in really bad weather, as there was a typhoon nearby and most tourists... read more

Reviewed 1 October 2017
Andrew M
Beautiful and peaceful setting

I went here from Kagoshima. There is a bus at bay number East 16 at the bus station outside... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2017
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  • Average21%
  • Poor3%
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“stone walls” (3 reviews)
“ticket office” (3 reviews)
“feudal japan” (3 reviews)
6198 Kori, Chinan-cho, Minamikyushu 897-0302, Kagoshima Prefecture
+81 993-58-7878
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Reviewed 1 October 2017

We visited the gardens in really bad weather, as there was a typhoon nearby and most tourists seemed to have cancelled their trips to Chiran. The Samurai Gardens are not a must see in Chiran, but if you have the time, enjoy a lovely stroll...More

Thank Andrew M
Reviewed 6 September 2017

I went here from Kagoshima. There is a bus at bay number East 16 at the bus station outside Kagoshima Chuo station that takes you to the Samurai Houses (Bukeyashiki-iriguchi) stop. Look for the bus with the destination "Chiran, Peace Museum (Tokko Kannon)". Bus signs...More

1  Thank MarkKwok
Reviewed 21 July 2017

We love this place. The "garden" is in fact a collection of old houses where samurai lived here long time ago. We drove but we believe you can take a bus to come here from Ibusuki or Kagoshima. There is a ticket office to buy...More

Thank EddieLeungHK
Reviewed 4 May 2017

Interesting houses, with the occupants watching the tourists with some degree of interest! The gardens are well maintained and the place is lovely. A great place to see.

Thank HabLeaf
Reviewed 4 April 2017

This is a really peaceful well preserved samurai area and was made more interesting somehow by the fact that people still live in many of the houses. Be careful to pay - it is easy to miss where to do so.

Thank tes108
Reviewed 18 March 2017

The brochure describes this area a “miniature Kyoto transplanted into the heart of Satsuma.” To keep samurai from gathering into larger units, they were housed on small estates dispersed around throughout the territory. For example, Satsuma was divided into 113 sections. This provides a great...More

Thank redneckersson5
Reviewed 17 January 2017

I liked the samurai resident gardens. However, from personal point of view these are nice if I could have one for myself but for sightseeing it is not a must go. Only visit if you have extra time. However, if you go there don't miss...More

1  Thank Muntasir A
Reviewed 27 December 2016

Agree with previous reviewer with surprise at poor reviews, this place is amazing! The gardens are beyond stunning, the houses unique... you really can transport yourself back in time, a place like no other.

1  Thank Lorraine S
Reviewed 23 November 2016

Great insight in the samurai culture of feudal Japan. Exquisitely maintained gardens that provide you with intense, yet calming experience.

Thank Jan K
Reviewed 22 November 2016

Hate to be snobbish, but from looking at several reviews, I doubt the average non-Japanese or non-Asian-interested and informed Westerner can appreciate these gardens. Going back over 275 years, they reflect back what these samurai -- really village elders -- saw in and took back...More

2  Thank 60726Nicky_11
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