Aizu Bukeyashiki (Samurai Residence), Aizuwakamatsu

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AIZUWAKAMATSU | Aizu Bukeyashiki (Samurai Residence) is one of the many historical sites that gives visitors an insight into the history of Aizuwakamatsu, or “Samurai City” as it’s sometimes referred to. The Aizu Bukeyashiki was the main residence of top-ranking Edo period Aizu retainer, Tanomo Saigo, and the residence features many interesting areas including gardens, guest rooms, a tea house, an archery range and a rice mill.

The original complex was burnt down during the Boshin War in 1868, but the reconstruction that stands today is a faithful reproduction of the original (the original blueprints were used), and looks exactly how it would have back in the Edo period, with authentic furniture, household effects and amour. In the 38 rooms that are open to the public, wax figures are used to show various scenes that would have been common in the day-to-day life of those who lived here, along with events of historical significance.

Visitors have the opportunity to engage in various activities, such as painting akabeko and okiagari koboshi, and there’s a gift shop which sells local craftwork, souvenirs and food. For hungry visitors, there’s also a restaurant on site which serves up a range of local delicacies.

Aizu Bukeyashiki (Samurai Residence)

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Higashiyama-machi
Ōaza Ishiyama
Aizuwakamatsu
Fukushima Prefecture 965-0873
Japan

Telephone: 0242 28 2525
Email: n/a
Website: http://bukeyashiki.com/

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