Ohmatsuzawa Residence

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The house was built in the mid to late Taisho Period (1912-1926) with a mixture of traditional architecture with western influences. The gate is original to the late Edo Period even though it doesn't reflect typical gate designs of the time. The Ohmatsuzawa were the ministers of forestry for the area making them one of the higher ranking samurai in Kanegasaki, where logging was an important source of revenue. The garden is also well known for collecting several different kinds of trees. The house is open to the public as a cafe.

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  • Ohmatsuzawa Residence Profile
    English Name Ohmatsuzawa Residence
    Japanese Name 大松沢家
    Year 1912-1926
    Residence Type Upper Class
    Features Gates, Garden, House
    Visitor Information Open 11am-4pm, closed Monday
    Website http://wwwsv.town.kanegasaki.iwate.jp/01town/04denken/kenchiku1.html
    Location Kanegasaki, Iwate Prefecture
    Castle Kanegasaki Castle (Iwate)
    Coordinates 39° 11' 42.11" N, 141° 7' 23.02" E
    Kanegasaki Castle (Iwate) and nearby Samurai Homes
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    Visits May 12, 2018
    Added Jcastle 2018

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    58 months ago
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    This former samurai home, which belonged to the Ōmatsuzawa Family, is now a restaurant. It has been refurbished over the years so that now it no longer retains its traditional exterior form, although the interior is more traditional. At least we can still appreciate the impressive front gate of the residence.