Old Wakabayashi Family Home

One of the few middle-ranking samurai residences left in Eastern Japan

This old samurai house is situated close to the remains of Murakami Castle. It is a classic example of a middle-ranking samurai residence and has been designated as a nationally important cultural property.

The house is a single storied dwelling, known as a magariya because a stable for horses is also attached. The sight of salmon hanging from the eaves of the thatched roof is typical of Murakami, which is famed as a salmon producing region. The layout and allocation of rooms is also very good and there is much to see. There is a traditional hearth in one of the rooms, which suggests that it was used for simple living. There are also times where snow fences are installed in preparation for heavy snowfall.

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Adults 200 yen
Elementary to high school students 100 yen
Opening Times
Year-end/New Year period * Occasionally open during the New Year period
7 minutes by car from Murakami Station on the JR Uetsu Main Line
5 minutes by car from the Murakami-Senami Onsen Interchange on the Nihonkai-Tohoku Expressway
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