The Aizu Samurai Residence 会津武家屋敷

The end of an era


In Aizu-Wakamatsu, during the Boshin War in 1868, the splendid residence of the samurai Saigō Tanomo (1830-1903) was destroyed by flames. Rebuilt identically in the heart of its vast garden sheltering other buildings from the Edo period, the Aizu samurai residence is a precious testimony to the life of the warrior class at the end of the Edo period.



The door to the residence

Splendors of yesteryear

Strolling through the narrow streets of Aizu still lined with historic buildings, your steps will guide you to the vast residence of this brave and far-sighted samurai . Cypresses and cedars occupy a good part of the 7,900 m² of the garden . In this magnificent traditional architecture resided the samurai, his family and servants. No less than 38 rooms were needed to accommodate all these little people as well as the many passing guests! For those who like numbers and precision, the house covers an area of 280 tsubo , or 925 m² , and has no less than 328 tatamis !


A magnificent residence that bears witness to daily life in the Edo period


A dive into life in the late Edo period


Aizu Samurai Residence

Address, timetable & access

  • Address

  • Phone

    +81 (0)242-28-2514
  • Timetable

    Aizu Bukeyashiki mae bus stop
  • Price

    Adult: 850 yen (6€45) - Child: 450 yen (3€40)
  • Access

    Open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (April to November), 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (December to March). Open all year.

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