There was a large fire in the samurai quarter of Sasayama in 1830 that burned down most houses. The Anma Residence appears on a map from 1837 so it was likely built between the time of the fire and 1837. It was designated a Municipal Historic Site in 1994 and is part of the nationally recognized historic district of Sasayama.
The house is an unusual L-shape for a samurai home and appears to be larger than most of the middle class samurai homes I've visited both in terms of the house itself and the property. The house is very well preserved with a nice collection of artifacts and a reconstructed warehouse. The garden also contains a suikinkutsu which was an element of some Japanese gardens where a pot is buried upside down under ground if you drip water onto the gravel layer covering it, the water drips through creating a musical ringing. Please see the Wikipedia Page on Suikinkutsu for more details.
|Anma Residence Profile|
|English Name||Anma Residence|
|Residence Type||Middle Class|
|Designations||Local Historic Site|
|Features||Gates, Garden, House, Warehouses|
|Visitor Information||200 yen|
|Location||Sasayama, Hyogo Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 4' 18.70" N, 135° 12' 51.08" E|
|Sasayama Castle and nearby Samurai Homes|
|Visits||December 20, 2018|