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Aizu Old Samurai Residences

1 Higashiyamamachiishiyama, Aizuwakamatsu 965-0813, Fukushima Prefecture
+81 242-28-2525
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Open-air museum and ramen

Museum is off the map. We walked there from the castle (30 min) but I'd recommend Aizu loop bus... read more

Reviewed 11 May 2017
Helsinki, Finland
Quite well maintained

Personally I thought the 850 yen entrance fee is quite costly though the samurai houses are quite... read more

Reviewed 31 March 2017
Joni H
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1 Higashiyamamachiishiyama, Aizuwakamatsu 965-0813, Fukushima Prefecture
+81 242-28-2525
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Reviewed 11 May 2017

Museum is off the map. We walked there from the castle (30 min) but I'd recommend Aizu loop bus instead because the route is quite boring. There are many buildings but you can only watch them from outside. If you get hungry, there is an...More

Thank elinast2016
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

Personally I thought the 850 yen entrance fee is quite costly though the samurai houses are quite well maintained. There are quite a few houses there so taking a slow stroll visiting each of them can be quite nice.

Thank Joni H
Reviewed 7 March 2017

The old residence is just next to the bus station where you could drop the luggage at the locker (of the station), wander the attraction for an hour or so, and continue your journey by the bus to Aizu train station. It is one of...More

Thank Justine L
Reviewed 6 October 2016

A large and informative site giving insight into samurai lifestyle and local history. There's a town bus stop at the entrance.

Thank ozzie_wanderlust
Reviewed 22 September 2016

this big complex is a place for learning culture of living and manner s of samurais and their family in the way they greet their guests, how they raise their childern, the way they built their residences for protecting enemy from unexpected attacks.there took me...More

Thank jajavalB
Reviewed 14 June 2016

Interesting overview of how the feudal lord and samurai of the time lived. Includes background about the invasion during the Boshin War and how the Aizu women refused to be taken hostage.

Thank Bob W
Reviewed 21 April 2016

Also called Karou-yashiki, or "Manor of the Chief Retainer," this Buke-yashiki in Aizu is a reconstructed Edo-jidai manor house of the Saigo family, led by Saigo Tanomotei. The Saigo family were the chief retainers of the prestigious Aizu-Matsudaira clan. The building stands as it did...More

Thank ART196
Reviewed 30 June 2015

Had a great time looking at a real life Samurai residence. There were sufficient information in English which was just good for me as I'm not so good in Japanese. If you spend few extra yens, you can get to make Aizu's traditional dolls like...More

Thank akiko_hiura
Reviewed 26 August 2014 via mobile

This is the place to get an accurate sense of what upper class Samurai life was like. Beautiful grounds. Detailed portrail of how the house was used. You can feel how they lived for 300 years.

1  Thank kiddydoc1
Reviewed 6 January 2014

Aizu Bukeyashiki was the mansion of the top ranked Samurai in Aizu. It is a large complex as it includes housing for his family, employees and servants. It is well worth a visit.

2  Thank StanleyAuckland
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