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Nomura Family Samurai House

Address: 1-3-32 Nagamachi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan
Phone Number: +81 76-221-3553
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Ranked #5 of 67 Attractions in Kanazawa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: Step inside this traditional Japanese home, complete with tea-ceremony room, a small, enchanting garden, artifacts from the Edo period and personal belongings of the Nomura family, who lived here for 10 generations.

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hawaii
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Both inside the house and viewing the gardens provide a different view of old Japan than is seen in many of the smaller, more middle class samurai houses.

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Chengdu, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

This was an interesting and beautiful home that will give you a sense of history and perspective regarding samurai life. Even the neighborhood is interesting because many old homes are preserved. In contrast (and very close to the Nomura Home) is the Ashigaru home. He was a common foot soldier. You can compare and contrast the two lifestyles.

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Tokyo, Japan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

It is a beautiful garden and house but not much more than that - we had hoped for more samurai memorabilia / armour / weapons - really just a house

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Clayton, California
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136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

With plenty of time to spare and little else to see or do this may be worth a visit. It provides an insight to how samurai lived back during the Edo period (ending in1868). It is a traditional Japanese home with a drawing room with shoji screens and redwood trim. It also has a small garden with a little stream,... More

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

This is worth seeing just for the absolutely exquisite garden. The artefact room is quite interesting as well, with a handful of Edo period Takama and short swords.

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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We visited as part of a tour to the old Samurai area of Kanazawa. The beautiful garden and tea ceremony room give a cultural perspective to a way of life. The house is well preserved but has little English information. Worth a short visit, but most interesting was roaming the streets in the old quarter.

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Hasselt, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We went to visit this place for its samurai history, but we were really amazed by the beautiful garden of this house.

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Ridgefield, CT
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

In olden times the Samurai were well respected warriors and had lovely formal houses. Touring this house and its' gardens, what has been preserved, was very interesting. There are sliding paper doors, windows that overlook a garden pond.(This garden is considered one of the most typical works of the Kobori Enshu style gardens). The workmanship is lovely. Cyprus wood, elaborate... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

A good opportunity to see a Samurai house with a nice garden. It gives you some insight as to the wealth of this class of people. However, it is one house with barely any information. There is a video playing in the entrance in Japanese so if you can understand Japanese you may gain some more knowledge. I would have... More

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Northern Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This samurai house is a pristine example of a house of a high ranking samurai. Every room opens on some type of a Japanese garden. Some gardens are quite tiny, but still are lovely and bring a feeling of peace into the house. Many of us could be inspired by the amazing use of space and nature. The simplicity reminded... More

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