This residence introduces you to the lifestyle of the Kuroda family, who served as local magistrates up to the end of the Edo period
The Kuroda family served as magistrates for Honda Sukehisa, who was a direct retainer of the Tokugawa family. The great trenches surrounding the residence evoke the atmosphere of a medieval castle, and visitors are welcomed by a huge nagaya-mon gate. This nagaya-mon gate symbolizes the high status of the Kuroda family. It has been designated as one of the nation's Important Cultural Properties, along with the main building. Outside the trenches today you will find Kuroda Residence Museum, which exhibits artworks collected over the years from the Edo period to the Meiji. The plums within the grounds are in season from early February to early March. During this period, Kuroda Residence Plum Festival and various other events are held, and the gardens are opened to the public free of charge.
The main building is said to have been reconstructed after the 1855 Edo Earthquake.
Upper left: The nagaya-mon gate with a hip roof is said to have been built in the mid-18th century. Upper right: The plum garden covers an area of about 2,000 ㎡. Kuroda Residence Plum Festival is held when its 180 or so plum trees are in bloom. Bottom: With dishes, drawings, and books on display along with armor and weaponry, the museum showcases another face of the Kuroda Family—people of culture.
|Address||Shimohirakawa 862-1, Kikugawa City, Shizuoka|
|Phone||+81-537-73-7270 (Japanese only)|
|Opening hours||10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the plum festival period)|
|Holidays||Every Monday, days following holidays, year-end and New Year's, etc. (Open every day during the plum festival period)|
|Admission fee||Adults 160 yen
Junior high school age and under Free
|Access||Take the JR Tokaido Main Line from "Kakegawa Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 6 minutes and alight at "Kikugawa Station". Take the Shizutetsu Justline Kikugawa Hamaoka Line for approx. 20 minutes, alight at "Hiratahonmachi", and walk for approx. 5 minutes.|
|* The gardens and the inside of the buildings (the main building, east storehouse, rice storehouse, and so on) are private property. Please make sure you do not disturb the owners when visiting the nagaya-mon gate.|
updated on Oct 1, 2019
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