Kitakata Kura-no-Sato

Kitakata Kura-no-Sato

Established in 1993, Kitakata Kura no Sato is a base for passing down the cultural tradition of building kura (traditional warehouses) and magariya (L-shaped houses), which are valuable parts of the lifestyle heritage of the Kitakata area.

Ten traditional-style buildings stand within this 4,500 square-meter area. These include a mise-gura (a kura used as a shop), a miso-gura (kura for preserving miso paste), a kokumotsu-gura (a kura for storing grain), and a kura-zashiki (a kura used as a residence), as well as the residences of local officials (Go-gashira and Kimoiri) constructed around a courtyard.

The landscape with its old warehouses and residences induces a sense of nostalgia in the minds of Japanese people. Each of the warehouses also serves as an exhibition space for various resources on different themes: stencils for Aizu dyeing; a photo gallery exhibiting the works of Minoru Kaneda, who introduced Kitakata to outsiders as the town of kura; Iwako Uryu, a social worker during the Meiji Period; Monzo Hasunuma, the leader of a youth movement group called Shuyodan; and the Kitakata Incident, which took place in the midst of the democratic movement during the Meiji Period. Visitors can also acquire background knowledge here before going on a tour to see the many kura that are dotted around the city of Kitakata.

Venue Details

Venue Details
Website http://www.kitakata-kanko.jp/ (Automated translation available)
Contact

Kitakata Tourism & Local Products Association

(+81) 241-24-5200

Best Season All Year
Opening Hours

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Last admission at 4:30 PM)

Regular holiday: Year-end and New Year

Parking Spaces for 117 cars. Coaches can also park. (Kitakata Plaza Parking Lot)
Entrance Fee Adults: 400 yen
Kids (Up to 18 years of age): 200 yen
Discount rate available for groups
Access Details
Access 109 Oshikiri, Kitakata City, Fukushima Pref 966-0094 View directions
Getting there

By Car: 20 km from Aizuwakamatsu I.C. exit off the Ban-etsu Expressway

By Train: 20 min walk from Kitakata Station on the JR Ban-etsu West Line

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