Nomura Family Samurai House, Kanazawa

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Step back into the past as you visit Nomura Family Samurai House, a traditional Japanese home. The residence of the Nomura family for 10 generations, the house gives a good introduction to the lifestyle and traditions of well-positioned and influential families during the Edo period, with a number of artifacts and areas preserved as they were, including a tea-ceremony room once used for greeting esteemed guests. The sliding panel doors, a roof made entirely from Japanese cypresses, and traditional garden of bonsais, bayberries, and a gentle stream, each add to the evocative air and educational value of the home. Arrange to visit Nomura Family Samurai House and other attractions in Kanazawa using our Kanazawa trip itinerary planning app .
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  • You may have visited tens of these houses since you are in Japan and maybe better ones... so just sit in front of the garden with or without a tea and enjoy one of the most beatiful japanese garden in...  more »
  • Entry is 550 yen/p.p. and Japanese green tea (tea ceremony) is 300 yen/p.p. Not many rooms to see but it's worth to see beautiful Japanese garden (cannot enter the garden). I don't know why Michelin m...  more »
  • I last visited this house 20 years ago and the one thing I noticed this time was the number of visitors in the house. Last time I had it to myself, this time I could not move without knowing into some...  more »
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  • Stunning short visit to what an ancient Samurai's private residence could have been like back when this was a Samurai district. The garden is awe inspiring. I think you can enjoy a tea ceremony upstairs while there, but we weren't really informed about it.
  • One of few houses that can actually be viewed also inside. Amazing spatial arrangement between interior spaces, impressive garden and cosy courtyards. Definitely worth seeing and chilling for a bit in the garden. Sightly busy though.
  • Interesting place. The property is where the original family home was located but the current house there was relocated to the site and had nothing to do with that family. The garden is however said to be original and is truly a wonder.
  • A must for every visitor to Kanazawa. The house of a samurai, including a beautiful garden - one of the best in Japan! And visit the tea-room in the upper floor (often they organize tea-ceromonies there, a bit touristic, to be sure, but interesting enough)
  • Amazing place! The gardens add a really special atmosphere to the place! The neighbourhood itself worth the visit!

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The well-preserved castle town of Kanazawa has a good range of accommodations, with the most popular among them sitting in tall modern blocks overlooking the historical areas of town, or the more commercial parts. Look to the west of the castle grounds for some particularly well-positioned options, offering urban views, spas, pools, and restaurants. North-west from here, close to the main train station, you'll find a good selection of slightly simpler options in tall blocks, while the residential districts across the city house simple guesthouses and the odd hostel.
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