Uchida Residence

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The Uchida Residence is one of two samurai homes open to the public in the former castle town of Mizusawa, and the best preserved. The main structure, built in the 18th century, has a thatched roof and so too does the impressive main gate to the residence. The house is now surrounded by a garden. The shape of the house is an inverse "L" shape; the bottom of the "L" is the kitchen area with a section of dirt floor and then a section of wooden floorboards. The rest of the house is comfortably decked out in tatami matting. There is art to decorate the doors and walls, and hanging scrolls, altars, shelves in the tokonoma and such . There is a half-sized sliding segment of shōji allowing for a crawl space between two adjacent rooms too.


  • Uchida Residence Profile
    English Name Uchida Residence
    Japanese Name 内田武家屋敷
    Year 18th century
    Residence Type Middle Class
    Designations Local Historic Site
    Features Gates, Garden, House
    Visitor Information 9:00 - 4:30, except mondays
    Website https://www.city.oshu.iwate.jp/site/kanko/5905.html
    Location Oshu City, Iwate Prefecture
    Castle Mizusawa Castle
    Coordinates 39° 8' 34.33" N, 141° 8' 20.54" E
    Mizusawa Castle and nearby Samurai Homes
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    Added Jcastle 2020
    Contributor ART

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