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Address: 6198 Kori, Chinan-cho, Minamikyushu 897-0302 , Kagoshima Prefecture
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Place called old samurai district. We walked here from Chiran peace museum. Although it doesn't seem so, you need to buy a ticket to visit. Basically just few old houses and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 November 2016
Michael N
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Canton, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The brochure describes this area a “miniature Kyoto transplanted into the heart of Satsuma.” To keep samurai from gathering into larger units, they were housed on small estates dispersed around throughout the territory. For example, Satsuma was divided into 113 sections. This provides a great insight into the politics of feudal Japan. These well-preserved houses seem an oasis apart from... More 

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Kumamoto, Japan
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

I liked the samurai resident gardens. However, from personal point of view these are nice if I could have one for myself but for sightseeing it is not a must go. Only visit if you have extra time. However, if you go there don't miss the free Japanese tea offered at the last garden. Another important point is, current members... More 

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Hong Kong
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

Agree with previous reviewer with surprise at poor reviews, this place is amazing! The gardens are beyond stunning, the houses unique... you really can transport yourself back in time, a place like no other.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

Great insight in the samurai culture of feudal Japan. Exquisitely maintained gardens that provide you with intense, yet calming experience.

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McLean, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

Hate to be snobbish, but from looking at several reviews, I doubt the average non-Japanese or non-Asian-interested and informed Westerner can appreciate these gardens. Going back over 275 years, they reflect back what these samurai -- really village elders -- saw in and took back from visits to Kyoto and Tokyo with their daimyo, the really powerful Shimazu lords of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Place called old samurai district. We walked here from Chiran peace museum. Although it doesn't seem so, you need to buy a ticket to visit. Basically just few old houses and gardens. Explanations are in English and you'll most likely got them when you purchased the ticket

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Kawasaki, Japan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

I walked down 30 minutes to reach this place from Chiran Peace Museum as there are not so many bus connection. You should not walk up from this place to the museum. It is slightly difficult to find ticket office so I came across the western couple with no ticket and they said they could not find it. Just simple... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

We rushed through this one at the end of a day down the coast. Not sure what we payed for but it was ok. A nice stroll down a walking alley of samurai houses. We paid the super nice 100 year old lady at the parking lot and were pointed out to the street. She offered to baby sit our... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

It takes a long way to reach Chiran from Kagoshima, but it is absolutely worth to visit. In this historical area, a group of old Samurai houses and their gardens are perfectly preserved. And surprisingly, the descendants of Samurai still live there! Every garden has its own style, and even if you cannot understand Japanese gardening much, I am sure... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

If you want an experience most foreigners don't see, visit the beautifully preserved samurai village and gardens in Chiran. Walk along the road as huge carp swim in a parallel stream. The water is sparkling clean and the fish, seeing you, rise to the surface expecting to be hand-fed. Inside the gardens, the architecture of the samurai homes is remarkable... More 

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