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Shirakawa-go 白川郷
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Wada House, Shirakawa-go
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Mansion of Mitsui Hachiroemon, one of the museum's must-see buildingsFounder of the Mitsui zaibatsu.
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Inside Jo-an tea ceremony house, a National Treasure
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Inside Mitsui Hachiroemon mansion
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Jo-an tea ceremony house, a National Treasure. Built in 1618 by Oda Uraku, one of the greatest tea ceremony masters and younger brother of warlord Oda Nobunaga.Jo-an is one of Japan's three most famous tea ceremony houses. 如庵
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Sugawara house from Tsuruoka city, Yamagata Prefecture. In heavy snow, the front window was used as the door.
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The bottom ends of these beams are pegged into a point (komajiri) resting on another cross beam. Wada House, Shirakawa-go
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Farmer's house
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Okinawan house, Taketomi
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Former home of Omi merchant Tonomura Shigeru (外村 繁邸). MapTonomura Shigeru (外村 繁), Tonomura Uhee (外村 宇兵衛), and Nakae Jungoro (中江 準五郎)
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Inside tea ceremony house
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Okinawan house and rock wall, Taketomi
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Inside farmer's house
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Shirakawa-go 白川郷
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Another farmer's house
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Ainokura
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Living room of former home of Omi merchant Tonomura Shigeru.
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Thatched roof
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Ainokura
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Emukai house brought from Nanto, Toyama. In the gasshi-zukuri style with steep roof. Kawasaki Nihon Minkaen
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Nihon Minkaen, Kawasaki, Kanagawa
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Spare thatch, Ainokura
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Nihon Minkaen, Kawasaki, Kanagawa
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Toilet
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Former Ban family Omi merchant home which also served as a girls school and public library until 1997. Omi-Hachiman, Shiga. 旧伴家住宅Opened to the public in 2004 as a museum. 伴庄右衛門は江戸時代初期から活躍した八幡商人の一人で、屋号を扇屋といい、主に畳表・蚊帳を商い豪商となった。
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Former Nishikawa Residence (Kyu-Nishikawa-ke Jutaku), large Omi merchant home designated as an Imnportant Cultural Property. Omi-Hachiman, Shiga. 旧西川家住宅 国重要文化財
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Inside Nishikawa residence. Omi-Hachiman, Shiga. 国重要文化財畳表や蚊帳を扱っていた江戸時代の豪商・西川利右衛門の旧宅
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Old minka house on Mt. Mitake, Tokyo
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Nishikawa Villa
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Nishikawa residence.
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Mt. Mitake, Tokyo
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Cherry Blossom Room, Kobuntei Villa
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Inside the top floor of Kobuntei Villa
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Kobuntei Villa
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Former home of Omi merchant Nakae Jungoro (中江 準五郎邸).
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Traditional farmer's house 農家
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Traditional farmer's house
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Traditional farmer's house
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Traditional farmer's house
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Farmer's house
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Merchant's house 商家
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Merchant's house
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Although this was Vories' residence, he did not own the house. He did not believe in having private assets. We could see the large living room full of pictures, books, etc., and the Japanese-style room for Makiko. ヴォーリズ記念館(旧ヴォ
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Built in 1933, the Matsuoka Residence was designed by William Merrell Vories. This house was not open to the public.
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The neighboring house, the Waterhouse Memorial House, was built in 1913 for Waterhouse, who was an instructor at Waseda University and joined the Omi Mission. Designed by William Merrell Vories. ウォーターハウス記念館(旧ウォーターハウ
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The former Waida home, donated to the park by the Waida family in the early 1980s. Adachi Ward, Tokyo
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Weathercock House, built in 1909, is one of the main Western homes open to the public in Kobe's Kitano-cho. 旧トーマス住宅
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Inside Weathercock House.
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Moegi no Yakata or Sharp residence 萌黄の館(シャープ住宅)
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Inside Moegi no Yakata
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Another major house is Uroko no Ie which has an art museum as well. 旧ハリヤー邸(うろこの家)
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British House 英国館
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Ben's House
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Animal rights activists will love this house.
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Robert Walker Irwin's summer residence in Ikaho, next to the Stone Steps. He was the Hawaiian Minister to Japan during the late 19th century. He coordinated the immigration of Japanese to Hawaii. ロバート W. アルウイン別邸
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In 1985, the 100th anniversary of the Japanese immigration to Hawaii, Ikaho designated this residence as one of the town's Historic Places. ハワイ王国公使別邸
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This modest building is only part of what was a larger complex of Irwin's summer residence. This is the front entrance. Open to the public, free admission.
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First floor of Robert Walker Irwin's summer residence in Ikaho. When the house was moved, it was disassembled and repaired before reassembly.
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After Irwin died, the house was sold to Kodansha, a publishing company, and used for employee training. Eventually, the house was acquired by Gunma Prefecture and later by Ikaho/Shibukawa.
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Traditional minka house
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Main room of the Irwin summer house. When these photos were taken, the house served as a museum. However, in April 2014, a new Guidance Museum next to the relocated house opened to display these artifacts. The house has no exhibits now.
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Behind the Date Kaitaku Kinenkan Museum is the former Mitobe house on display. It is a typical house of the first settlers of Date, Hokkaido. Based on Sendai-style (Miyagi Pref.) architecture. Important Cultural Property. 旧三戸部家住宅
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Saiko Iyashi-no-Sato Nenba, Lake Saiko, Yamanashi.
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Saiko Iyashi-no-Sato Nenba, Lake Saiko.
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The Daigokuden Hall (Former Imperial Audience Hall) is a magnificent reconstruction. This was where the emperor performed his duties during the Nara Period. 大極殿
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Former Imperial Audience Hall.
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The Ninja House, built in 1703, is owned and maintained by a local medicine company having ninja roots. Many Koka ninja were makers of medicine as a front for their clandestine activities. This background also made them expert at making gunpowder.Not a National Historic Site, but it should be.
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The first room you see in the house is the living room. You can sit and have free "ninja tea" while waiting for a guided tour of the house. Along with the geisha, the ninja is one of the most recognized but misunderstood things about Japan.
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Ladder going to the 2nd floor. There's also a trap door on the floor below the ladder where the ninja could hide. Notice the rope. The ninja hiding under the floor would tug the rope connected to the 2nd floor.
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The Ninja house (Ninja yashiki) is one of the main attractions of the Ninja Village. This was an actual ninja house belonging to the Fujibayashi ninja family. It was disassembled and transplanted here from Ohara Ichiba in Koka.
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Koishiya is a retro kind of ryokan with a lot of great artwork from the early Showa Period. A wood carving of a Hokusai-type wave next to the door of my room in Koishiya.Shibu Onsen hot spring in Nagano Prefecture.
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My room at Koishiya. It also has a tokonoma (alcove) on the right, but instead of a picture scroll, it has small western paintings which didn't match the room.I can understand that any hanging scroll could be expensive or stolen. And it was a budget ryokan.
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Opposite side of my 8-mat room. Nice design of the sliding doors through which I enter the room from a small foyer. Every room has a different design.Koishiya is cheap because it doesn't have hot spring water piped in. Instead, they drove us to the nearby Yorozuya ryokan that has a hot spring bath.
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Yorozuya has a huge hot spring bathing facility with one large indoor bath and one outside. This place also had a classic design, taking you back in time to the 1930s.This is the men's changing room. It's huge and looks more like a temple with woodcarved transoms high above. Maybe it was a temple before. The door on the right is the entrance to the indoor bath.
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Sawara, Katori, Chiba
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Traditional townscape in Sawara, Katori, Chiba Prefecture.
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Traditional townscape in Sawara, Katori, Chiba Prefecture.
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Ino Tadataka's former residence in Sawara, Chiba is open to the public.
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Ino Tadataka's former residence
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Built in 1884, Tojotei was the residence of Tokugawa Akitake (1853-1910), brother of the last Shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu. Matsudo, Chiba, Prefecture
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Round window at Tojotei
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Bathroom in Tojotei
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Transom with a butterfly designin Tojotei.
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House on the Nakasendo Road in Takamiya-juku which was one of the largest post towns. By 1843, the population was 3,560. There was one Honjin, two Waki Honjin, and 23 hatago inns.
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Former Nagai house with thatched roof in Yakushi Ike Park, Machida, Tokyo
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Private home blending in with the white-walled street in Yanai, Yamaguchi.
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This is the Kunimori family home, open to the public. Important Cultural Property. Admission 200 yen. Yanai, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
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Inside the Kunimori-ke merchant's home.
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Yanai, Yamaguchi
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Yanai, Yamaguchi
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Yanai, Yamaguchi
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Yanai, Yamaguchi
   
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