Aizu Bukeyashiki (Samurai Residence)

Aizu Bukeyashiki (Samurai Residence)

Aizu Bukeyashiki (Samurai Residence) is a historical open-air museum where visitors can learn about the history of Aizu and sample some of the specialty products of Fukushima.

Stroll around the residences to take in traditional Japanese architecture, including the residence of Tanomo Saigo, the Aizu Domain's chief retainer, a magistrate's office, a tea ceremony house, a rice mill, and a warehouse (resource center).

Visitors can also enjoy local specialty food at the onsite Kuyotei restaurant, and find specialty products from Aizu and other parts of Fukushima at Sato-Kobo Kokon, and enjoy hand-painting traditional toys and practicing Japanese archery, which is perfect for young kids.

Besides such cultural enjoyment, the natural beauty of the spring cherry blossoms and the autumnal foliage are a major attraction for tourists.

Venue Details

Venue Details
Websitehttp://samurai-city.jp/en/sightseeing/1269
Contact

Aizu Bukeyashiki

(+81) 242-28-2525

Best SeasonAll Year
Opening Hours

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (9:00 AM - 4:30 PM for Dec. - Mar.)

Open everyday

ParkingAvailable. Disabled Parking Available.
Entrance FeeAdults: 850 yen Junior High School Age: 550 yen Elementary School Students: 450 yen Groups of over 25 people: 750 yen per person
Accommodation details

Pets: Allowed with exceptions

Related infoThere are signs in English.

Wheelchair rental is available.

The wheelchair-accessible toilet is located outside the souvenir shop Kokon.
Access Details
Access1 Innai, Ishiyama, Higashiyama-machi, Aizu-Wakamatsu City, Fukushima Pref. 965-0813
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Getting there

By Car: 15 min from Aizu-Wakamatsu I.C. exit off the Ban-etsu Expressway

By Train: 15 min bus ride from Aizuwakamatsu Station on the JR Tadami Line or the JR Ban-etsu West Line

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