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Takayama’s old town district still boasts some of these merchant houses dating from the prosperous Edo period, when Tokyo was under Shogun rule.
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1-52 Ojinmachi, Takayama 506-0851, Gifu Prefecture
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Kusabe family were successful merchants during the reign of the Tokugawa clan. Their store (Taniya) lent money to the public office. Later it was an exchange house. In 1879 it burned down and the present house was built in 1879 by Jisuke Kawashiri, an...More

Thank Sharon H
Reviewed 9 June 2018

An unusual place but very interesting to see how the gentry lived in days gone by. There ae some steps to the second level but plenty to see on the ground floor with a gift shop

Thank jackie_rogers59
Reviewed 19 May 2018 via mobile

This merchant' house converted into a museum is a good introduction into life in old time Japan. There are steep stairs so be mindful of that. But even the ground level is a good place to see a part of the country's beautiful heritage.

Thank Tyra P
Reviewed 27 November 2017

The current building is about 150 years old and has a wealth of family artefacts on display. If you are into Japanese history it is well worth a visit. Tea is given to visitors and there is a small shop on site. Don't forget to...More

Thank RodgerH74
Reviewed 14 May 2017

The house still belongs to the merchant's family who were in the timber business. Best to go with a guide who can give you a running commentary of what you are seeing. There is free tea in the courtyard. There is a tiny cabinet of...More

1  Thank Adele W
Reviewed 28 April 2017

A village that time has bypassed. Walking through this village with its thatched roofed buildings brought one back several centuries. Asian history buffs will enjoy this place

Thank Bob D
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

The owner of the house very kindly gave a talk of the history of his family and the house itself with good humour. There is much to see including a beautiful family shrine. You can sit to enjoy some tea after walking around.

Thank normannorma1
Reviewed 18 April 2017

It was raining when we visited but it showed the gorgeous interior of the old samurai house and all the relevant history associated with each alcove-quite large showing the wealth of this family-At the end a lovely cup of tea.

Thank monigates
Reviewed 15 April 2017

This small museum contains some interesting exhibits. You are required to remove your shoes at the entrance, so make sure you are wearing socks! The museum is a well preserved example of a wooden building of Japanese cypress wood and includes craft items.

Thank Fleckney
Reviewed 18 January 2017

The timber structure and architecture alone was amazing. You can see the main residence of the family, kitchen and servants quarters too. Definitely worth a visit and immerse yourself in a culture of bygone says. Enjoy the complimentary green tea served adjacent to the garden...More

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