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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Kikuya House Hagi

菊屋家住宅, 萩

Kikuya House (Kikuya-ke Jutaku) in Hagi, Yamaguchi Prefecture is an historic merchant's house and garden which is open to the public. Kikuya House contains a number of buildings including traditional Japanese storehouses (kura) hidden behind its distinctive black and white check walls.

Kikuya House Hagi, Yamaguchi
Garden of Kikuya House, Hagi, Yamaguchi Prefecture

The Kikuya family moved to Hagi from nearby Yamaguchi in the early 17th century and quickly became one of the richest families in town involved in the construction of housing for samurai and the laying out of the town of Hagi as it grew. The house contains around 5,000 artifacts from the Edo and later periods of Japanese history including paintings, scrolls, ceramics and ornamental Japanese dolls.

Kikuya House Hagi
Stone lantern in the garden of Kikuya House, Hagi

Kikuya House
1-1 Gofuku
Tel: 0838 25 8282
Hours: 9am-5.30pm
Admission: 500 yen
Google map of Kikuya House

Visitors to Hagi can enjoy the city's beautiful walls, the historic Meirin Elementary School, Shoin Shrine, the Takayoshi Kido residence, Kikugahama Beach, a tour boat of Hagi and Ito Hirobumi's Residence, all a short distance from Hagi Station.

Read more about the Kikuya Residence

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