Chiran Samurai Residence Garden, Minamikyushu

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Historic Site Landmark
Wander around Chiran Samurai Residence Garden, a picturesque manicured environment preserved for over 250 years. Explore what lies behind high, hedge-topped walls, a hidden world steeped in history, unblemished by modern day scenes. Made up of seven gardens, each was designed by gardeners brought in specially from Kyoto in the 17th century, with the intention of the garden being viewed from the houses above. Sadly, this cannot be done, as the houses are still occupied, but you still have the freedom to explore each of the seven individual gardens in your own time, viewing intricately pruned trees and shrubs, and the ancient defensive walls. To visit Chiran Samurai Residence Garden and other attractions in Minamikyushu, use our Minamikyushu tour planner.
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  • Interesting houses, with the occupants watching the tourists with some degree of interest! The gardens are well maintained and the place is lovely. A great place to see.  more »
  • This is a really peaceful well preserved samurai area and was made more interesting somehow by the fact that people still live in many of the houses. Be careful to pay - it is easy to miss where to do...  more »
  • The brochure describes this area a “miniature Kyoto transplanted into the heart of Satsuma.” To keep samurai from gathering into larger units, they were housed on small estates dispersed around throug...  more »
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  • “Noble Samurai Houses & Gardens” The samurais have a reputation of being calm and in a zen like state and it's no wonder with these beautiful gardens and houses they lived in they are so peaceful and so well groomed, from the moment you walk into these gardens there's and feeling of nostalgia and nobility, I wish that I could have a small replica garden like these (food for thought).
  • Beautiful and serene. Unspoiled by busloads of tourist
  • Must see in chiran