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This is a beautiful building although sparsely furnished it still gives you a sense of life back in the day. We visited in winter so appreciated how cold these places can get! Wouldn't say this was a must see but a nice part of the...More
The Kusabe family were successful merchants during the reign of the Tokugawa clan. Their store (Taniya) lent money to the public office. Later it was an exchange house. In 1879 it burned down and the present house was built in 1879 by Jisuke Kawashiri, an...More
This merchant' house converted into a museum is a good introduction into life in old time Japan. There are steep stairs so be mindful of that. But even the ground level is a good place to see a part of the country's beautiful heritage.
The current building is about 150 years old and has a wealth of family artefacts on display. If you are into Japanese history it is well worth a visit. Tea is given to visitors and there is a small shop on site. Don't forget to...More
The house still belongs to the merchant's family who were in the timber business. Best to go with a guide who can give you a running commentary of what you are seeing. There is free tea in the courtyard. There is a tiny cabinet of...More
The owner of the house very kindly gave a talk of the history of his family and the house itself with good humour. There is much to see including a beautiful family shrine. You can sit to enjoy some tea after walking around.