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“Beautiful small garden”

Nomura Family Samurai House
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$688.07*
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Private Kanazawa Custom Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle
Ranked #7 of 207 things to do in Kanazawa
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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.
Sydney
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65 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Beautiful small garden”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2012

This samurai house is interesting and beautiful. It was its garden, however, that we found impressive. It is always a revelation to see what Japanese garden designers can do in small spaces.

Visited April 2012
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North Carolina
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“Beautifully preserved”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2012

Lovely and interesting interiors and garden. Worth the admission price.

Visited April 2012
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Brisbane, Qld
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“Interesting example of interiors”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2012

Interesting walk through of house with tatami rooms and a pretty garden. Nice painted fusuma (sliding doors) and wood carving examples as well as some historical displays (swords etc). If you haven't had the opportunity to walk through a small temple interior this would be especially rewarding.

Visited April 2012
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Providence, Rhode Island, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“One of the Oldest and Most Well-Preserved Samurai Houses!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2012

Everything I said when describing the samurai district applies here: the Nomura Family Samurai House is a wonder. It has stood steadfast against the passage of time and change, yet appears so fragile within that you scarcely desire to move lest you ruin the majesty of the rooms as you pass through them. It's astonishing that so much foot traffic is allowed and I felt honored to have been allowed to see the house. It is, though, exactly what you imagine in your head. I say, that is all the more reason to see it!

Visited September 2011
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Johnston, Rhode Island
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“A Spectacular House in an Ancient Samurai Village”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2012

In September 2011, my husband and I traveled to Kanazawa as part of a contest. During our first full day there, we went on a tour with employees of Magellan Resorts/The Real Japan, and one of our stops included the Nomura Family Samurai House. I felt privileged to have visisted a home rich in history. It was filled with intricate carvings and beautiful little gardens, one of which had a pond full of koi. I was in awe while walking down the streets of a village where samurai once lived.

Visited September 2011
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