Sakamoto Residence


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The Sakamoto became a upper ranking vassal of the local Ohmachi in the 1800s after being longtime lower ranking vassals of the Date. The house was built around 1830 and while somewhat smaller than other houses in Kanegasaki it also maintains a nice hedgerow. Most samurai in Kanegasaki were not as wealthy as vassals in some other large domains and had to make living farming or doing other work as well. The Sakamoto raised silkworms in the attic.

The building is now managed by the city and is run as both a museum and cafe with the same menu as the Ohmatsuzawa Residence.

  • House
  • House
  • Formal Entrance
  • Entrance and hedgerow
  • Entrance and hedgerow
  • Inside the house
  • Inside the house
  • Inside the house
  • Inside the house
  • Entrance
  • Attic for growing silkworms
  • House
  • House

  • Sakamoto Residence Profile
    English Name Sakamoto Residence
    Japanese Name 坂本家侍住宅
    Year 1830
    Residence Type Upper Class
    Features Garden, House
    Visitor Information Open 9sm-5pm; closed closed Monday, Tuesday (or day after if this is a national holiday) and new year's holidays
    Location Kanegasaki, Iwate Prefecture
    Castle Kanegasaki Castle (Iwate)
    Coordinates 39° 11' 57.80" N, 141° 7' 9.30" E
    Kanegasaki Castle (Iwate) and nearby Samurai Homes
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    Visits May 12, 2018
    Added Jcastle 2018

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    57 months ago
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    金ヶ崎城下町坂本武家屋敷 [金ヶ崎] Sakamoto-bukeyashiki (Kanegasaki)

    The Sakamoto Samurai House opened to the public in Kanegasaki is one of the town's better preserved specimens with a thatched roof, although glass has been installed around the veranda, which is a modern comfort, of course. The home is now also a small café. We had iced coffee and a cake made of semi-gelatinous rice with a topping of nuts and sesame seeds, which was healthy and delicious. Enjoying refreshments in the atmosphere of the old folk house and sitting on tatami matting was very pleasant. Whenever I'm on tatami I get the urge to roll around like a ninja. The genkan has a side door leading to the veranda, which is a curious feature, and could've been used potentially to surprise an attacker or effect a surreptitious entrance. The kugi-kakushi, coverings used to hide nails, are in the form of a sparrow.