Morimoto Residence




The Morimoto Family moved here in 1861, but the house itself has been around since the 1700's and 15 generation have lived here. During the Edo Period the Morimoto served as something like a secretary, traveling with the lord to and from Tokyo on sankin koutai. The Morimoto were well educated and served as teachers too. The home also featured a well known garden.

  • Morimoto Residence

  • Morimoto Residence Profile
    English Name Morimoto Residence
    Japanese Name 森本家
    Year mid 1800's
    Residence Type Upper Class
    Designations Local Historic Site
    Features Garden, House
    Visitor Information private, not open to the public
    Location Kaminoyama, Yamagata Prefecture
    Castle Kaminoyama Castle
    Coordinates 38° 9' 32.04" N, 140° 16' 24.10" E
    Kaminoyama Castle and nearby Samurai Homes
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    Visits November 2, 2017
    Added Jcastle 2018

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    57 months ago
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    Morimoto House (森本家), built in the 18th century. The Morimoto family moved into the house in the Bakumatsu Period, and the patriarch served as a secretary and tutor, also accompanying his lord on Sankin-Kōtai duty (Edo Period system of dual residence). Inside one will find neat collections of traditional dolls. The Kaminoyama City website lists this house as not open to the public but it was open when I went, so perhaps I was lucky to enter here. I wish I'd have taken more pictures but I remember it being more modernised inside than the other homes I entered.