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Nomura Family Samurai House

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Address: 1-3-32 Nagamachi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 76-221-3553
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Description: Step inside this traditional Japanese home, complete with tea-ceremony...
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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Nice place to visit in an old neighborhood. Very well kept home with nice gardens. This is how the upper middle class lived. Loved the garden

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

More interesting for architecturally minded travellers, one site has paid entry which we ended up foregoing with all other sites already in play.

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

The garden was very beautiful...but it was especially interesting to see the old (500+ years) letters...with their translations to the Samurai. "Thanks for killing the high-ranking official. And thank you for sending us his head."

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Lancefield, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

This house is worth a visit because it is in the beautiful samurai district which is among the nicest areas in the city. The house itself is moderately interesting, but the highlight for us was the beautiful little garden, complete with tiny waterfall, winding stream, various garden lanterns and of course, wonderful plants. You cannot enter the garden, but view... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

The house is situated in the Samurai district, to which area the Nomura family had been elevated after being of exceptional assistance to his Shogun. The house is traditional Japanese, with all the required rooms for the family, and those showing respect to any visitors. It was an interesting experience walking through this home and imagining the family and their... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Walking around the neighborhood before the tour adds to enjoying this visit. We ranked this higher than modern museum and castle!

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Nice place to visit in an old neighborhood. Very well kept home with nice gardens. This is how the upper middle class lived. Loved the garden

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

So good to see a simple old Japanese dwelling. Set in a pretty garden it gives helpful insight into how the lower ranks lived. After all the major castles and temples this is most refreshing

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

The house is in the Nagamachi district. It gives you the feeling and understanding about how the Samurais used to live. The house is preserved well. Must see sight in Kanazawa

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Harlech
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

This small family house is well worth visiting because it is so well preserved. It provides a real insight into the lifestyle of the well to do samurai. The garden is small but jewel-like and can be viewed from downstairs, as well as from an upper window (in a room where it's also possible to sit and enjoy matcha tea).... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Smaller places in Japan tend to be less crowded and more rewarding than big 'Top 3' shrines. This town is worth a visit because it evokes a sense of what old Japan might have been like and best of all is this samurai house with its exquisite garden. An absolute joy.

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