Former Osawa House

Former Osawa House, Narashino: Address, Former Osawa House Reviews: 3.5/5

Former Osawa House
3.5
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roy v
By roy v
LOVELY ORIGINAL HOME
Jul 2015
Came across this lovely original home quite by accident when out walking in the area. All I could see at the start was this big thatched roof , when I got to it there was a sign near steps leading up to it so I thought this must be something to have a look at, the sign was in Japanese so could not read a word of it. Up I went thinking if it is lived in all they can do is tell me to leave. I came to the garden entry and then I could see it was a lovely very old Japanese house. There was a gentleman there trimming the hedge and he could see I was reluctant to enter so he beckoned me into the garden. Nice friendly fellow who spoke no English but he let me know I could enter the house and that it was ok to take photos. It was an amazing house built a long time ago, he mentioned the Edo era and pointed out to me the different layers of thatch on the roof, the thatch was very thick. He then conveyed to me how the walls were made by mixing mud and straw and putting it in between the timber frame. Very solidly made with big timber beams in the roof, Tudor type construction. One big area had a packed earth floor , kitchen I'd guess, where the fire was. Then the next area was lovely timber flooring and the next Tatami Mat floors. A very big place and no doubt it was a very grand home in it's day. I had a good look around and took a few photos and he gave me a brochure which was in Japanese . I was able to find out later on that this was the family home of the Osawa Family who were the heads of the village and that the home was built in 1664 so it has really stood the test of time. I thank the gentleman there who was so helpful and kind to me. It would be a bonus if there was some information in English, there must be a great history and story with this house. I loved it and it is well worth a visit to see how people lived long ago .

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Christopher L.
Tokyo, Japan32 contributions
Nov 2020
It's a small short visit next to Fujisaki Forest Park, consider it a compliment to viewing nature, ducks and an old train whilst walking around or having a little picnic. The gentleman at the time who was the guardian offered to walk us through the home and bring it to life in a complimentary guided experience in Japanese. The small home is beautifully preserved and he was quite knowledgeable and kind.
Written December 26, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

roy v
Traralgon, Australia4,038 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
Came across this lovely original home quite by accident when out walking in the area. All I could see at the start was this big thatched roof , when I got to it there was a sign near steps leading up to it so I thought this must be something to have a look at, the sign was in Japanese so could not read a word of it. Up I went thinking if it is lived in all they can do is tell me to leave. I came to the garden entry and then I could see it was a lovely very old Japanese house. There was a gentleman there trimming the hedge and he could see I was reluctant to enter so he beckoned me into the garden. Nice friendly fellow who spoke no English but he let me know I could enter the house and that it was ok to take photos.
It was an amazing house built a long time ago, he mentioned the Edo era and pointed out to me the different layers of thatch on the roof, the thatch was very thick. He then conveyed to me how the walls were made by mixing mud and straw and putting it in between the timber frame. Very solidly made with big timber beams in the roof, Tudor type construction.
One big area had a packed earth floor , kitchen I'd guess, where the fire was. Then the next area was lovely timber flooring and the next Tatami Mat floors. A very big place and no doubt it was a very grand home in it's day. I had a good look around and took a few photos and he gave me a brochure which was in Japanese . I was able to find out later on that this was the family home of the Osawa Family who were the heads of the village and that the home was built in 1664 so it has really stood the test of time. I thank the gentleman there who was so helpful and kind to me.
It would be a bonus if there was some information in English, there must be a great history and story with this house. I loved it and it is well worth a visit to see how people lived long ago .
Written July 3, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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