Aoyagi Residence


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The Aoyagi were an upper class samurai family who also maintained prominence even after the Meiji Restoration and continued to live in the house until 1985. Today, the house and storehouse have been converted to museums. The property is bigger than you would expect for a samurai home, even in the upper classes. In later years they absorbed neighboring properties. Today, other buildings have been moved to the site to create an all around samurai and folk museum. This is one of the best places to understand upper class samurai life. The Aoyagi were also the head of the border guards and had an impressive collections of arms and armaments that can be seen in one of the warehouse museums.


Aoyagi Residence Profile
English Name Aoyagi Residence
Japanese Name 青柳家
Year Mid 1800s
Residence Type Upper Class
Designations Prefectural Historic Site
Features Gates, Garden, House, Warehouses
Visitor Information Open 9:00-17:00 (Apr.-Nov.), 9:00-16:00 (Dec.-Mar.); 500 yen admission
Location Semboku, Akita Prefecture
Castle Kakunodate Castle
Coordinates 39° 36' 1.91" N, 140° 33' 42.08" E
Kakunodate Castle and nearby Samurai Homes
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Visits Aug. 9, 2004; May 11, 2018
Added Jcastle 2018

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