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Nomura Samurai House, Kanazawa

(4.1/5 based on 420+ reviews on the web)
Step back into the past as you visit Nomura 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. Make Nomura Samurai House a part of your Kanazawa vacation plans using our Kanazawa itinerary planner.
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  • On Monday afternoon was to avoid congestion. Admire the beautiful garden just like tea room who quietly enjoying tea and comfortable in your own home. Stone leading to the second floor stairs, walls, floor, ceiling, none nestled discreetly and brilliantly, is tastefully laid-out was made.
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  • The architecture, furnishing and finishes were from another era and gave visitors a sense of what it was like in the days of the samurais. Mini museum with artifacts, pictures and weapons and hidden t...  more »
  • An example of House of samurai in the center of Kanazawa. Easily accessible, very reasonable access rate. And we learn a lot of things about that time. A very interesting tour
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  • Modest entrance fee grants you entrance to this "samurai house". The history booklet may lead you to google more information since it can be lacking, but there is more information online, so take a seat near the garden and read a little. The house is not original to the site, it stands on the ruins of an older house of which only the boundary walls and some ruins remain, as well as the fantastic garden. The garden is amazing. This 200 year old house was relocated here by the Nomura family and is well preserved, with exhibits on original décor, weapons, and money. Sweet shop outside is unrelated, and while high end and pretty, detracts a little.
  • It's a tiny house of a high level samurai family that you will complete the visit within 20 minutes if you rush through it. Don't! You should enjoy the gorgeous garden especially from every angle as viewed from each room. There are plenty of English descriptions too so make sure you 'live' the life of house through!
  • Nice old house with a small museum. Best part is sitting in the garden or the tea ceremony room (overlooking the garden). However, while it's a nice garden, there's better. That they have a TV playing in the room next to it doesn't make it a tranquil experience either (minus one star for this alone, as it destroys the purpose of the garden). They have a list of the top 20 gardens in Japan, on which they are #3. I don't know where this list is from, or what the parameters were, but this would not be in my top 20 at all. Most of the gardens on the list are in Kyoto and I've seen most of them - all of which are several times better than this one. The list also has two unspectacular gardens in Tokyo listed, so it must have been created with very peculiar parameters indeed. All in all, it's yet another overpriced attraction in Kanazawa, but if you're close by and in need of a break, I'd recommend it.
  • What a beautiful, tranquil garden! So peaceful and relaxing. Impressive traditional Japanese samurai home!
  • Very nice old house with some interesting paraphernalia. The garden is very small but well designed and maintained. Entrance fee is a bit expensive.