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Former Hosokawa Mansion

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Address: 3-1 Furukyomachi, Kumamoto 860-0007, Kumamoto Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 96-352-6522
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nice staff, sparsely furnished, well kept, interesting to look around

Bought our ticket from a friendly staff member, went thru the front garden area and entered the building taking our shoes off. there were some interesting objects to look at tho... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 May 2016
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Sacramento, California
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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

Bought our ticket from a friendly staff member, went thru the front garden area and entered the building taking our shoes off. there were some interesting objects to look at tho not much, but the whole architecture and how it was laid out gave a good idea of how it had been used.

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Ikoma, Japan
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2016

This is a nice quiet place to see traditional Japanese mansion. Go here as a side trip after visiting Kumamoto castle. Pros: - Great architecture - Place is well maintained Cons: - You have to walk a good distance from Kumamoto castle - To go out and go to the main road, you have to take the kumamoto castle area... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2015

This was our first visit to a former Samurai house so it was an eye-opener. The house has been beautifully restored & surrounded by impeccably manicured gardens. We basically just basked ourselves in its splendour & even had a chance to savour traditionally prepared matcha tea in a 19th century teahouse!

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Brummen, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2015

We were very early so we were alone in the mansion. It was quiet and felt relaxed. Mansion gives a good feel how it might have been in those days. Because we were early, we missed out on the tea in the adjacent building. Oh well, the solitude in the mansoin was more important.

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1 Thank Frederique V
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2015

Many cities feature "samurai" homes which may have been reflective of the time, but are quite modest. Although this is also described as such a home, it is really that of a feudal lord or "daimyo" with the space, elegance and grounds that would go with his status. You get a great feel for the occupant's power from this building.

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2 Thank Catbird28
newbury, berkshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2015

Easy walk from the castle, and a combined ticket saved a few yen. Very well worth the time - one of the best houses/gardens that we saw on our trip, quite large, so you need to take your time. The way the rooms are arranged vis-a-vis the gardens is wonderful. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2015

Saw this as part of a combination ticket with the Kumamoto castle. The grounds are well maintained and this is an excellent example of how the samurai lived. Worth seeing as part of the Kumamoto Castle area.

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Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2015 via mobile

Besides me there was nobody there. Wonderful house and garden to explore design and layout. They give you a booklet as all signs are Japanese only. I found that sufficient. Fewer signs would have allowed for better images. After walking past the castle which was visited by at least a gazillion students, the calm building was refreshing.

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1 Thank neumanth
Kumamoto
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2015

We can walk to go to this place from Kumamoto Castle. There are many interesting treasures, but I liked the garden more. It was so beautiful that I took many many photos.

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Canberra, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2015

This mansion has a charming garden and is well maintained but the lack of descriptions within the mansion in English makes it disappointing as some of the rooms looked really interesting.

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