Murayama Residence




The garden of this Seri-gumi ashigaru residence is included in the historical registry of the site. The house has been slightly renovated into a cafe specializing in vegan offerings, particularly those using pure cacao.

When I visited in October 2021, the cafe was full and it was closed during the second visit in November 2022, but I would like to visit again sometime and enjoy the garden more too. With about 30 such ashigaru homes in the area, they don't all need to be preserved like museums. It would be brilliant to reuse some of these old houses as cafes or little shops to make a complete tourist destination. The owner of the Murayama Residence has recently taken over the Taniyama Residence where they manufacture their raw chocolate confections.


  • Murayama Residence Profile
    English Name Murayama Residence
    Japanese Name 村山家住宅
    Year 1800s
    Residence Type Ashigaru
    Designations Local Historic Site
    Features Garden, House
    Visitor Information Open Friday and Saturday (1pm-5pm), but may be closed irregularly
    Location Hikone, Shiga Prefecture
    Castle Hikone Castle
    Coordinates 35° 16' 7.46" N, 136° 15' 0.97" E
    Hikone Castle and nearby Samurai Homes
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    Visits October 16, 2021; November 3, 2022
    Added Jcastle 2022
    Contributor Eric

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    17 months ago
    Score 1++
    some of the samurai homes in Sasayama and Kanagasaki are cafes. it's a good idea.