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Address: Shitanocho, Shimabara 855-0052, Nagasaki Prefecture
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much better than famous one in Chiran

I think this place is much better than that in Chiran which is very famous. Why? Free of charge vs charged. Longer straight road with water pass vs winding(there is a reason for... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 December 2016
Kawasaki, Japan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an area where the old samurai houses have been preserved and restored. There are 3 samurai houses put up for visitors, with exhibits geared towards lifestyles of these samurai homes. I found the mannequins displays creepy though, and after a while, they look kind of similar. Tip 1: Combine Shimabara Castle, the carp streets and these samurai houses... More 

Thank Sherry T
Kawasaki, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

I think this place is much better than that in Chiran which is very famous. Why? Free of charge vs charged. Longer straight road with water pass vs winding(there is a reason for it though)short one. Houses with miniature figures vs nothing in it

Thank Keizo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

This is a quiet row of Meiji-era samurai houses, alongside a canal containing natural spring water. These samurai houses belonged to low-ranking samurai. There are several residences that are open for viewing (free admission) with description panels. Note that you have to take off your shoes before entering the residences. If you are visiting Shimabara Castle, it is worth visiting... More 

Thank Xin R
Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

In these times Japan had 4 classes of people. Top were the warrior class. Second were the farmers. Third were the artisans. Fourth and last were the merchants. While the Shogun was the head honcho for the area, his samurai warriors helped him rule. The samurai village is then the area where the "gentry" or ruling class lived. As such... More 

Thank Ken G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

This was a wonderful experience being able to see and go into three well preserved houses,signage was good and also to walking along the canal was like going back in history. Only a short walk from the train station,amust do

1 Thank Minkymonkey
Sintra, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016

This is an amazing place to visit!! You take off your shoes to walk in and once you pass the door… you are back to their time - the houses are in pristine condition, so well preserved that it will impress you and in some of them you will find fake people but they are very well done and it... More 

1 Thank SofiaQuintana
Yulara, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2015

There is a main street with access to these wonderful houses and displays. Signs are posted in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean. It is a tourist friendly area and a self guided walk unless you are part of an organised tour.

1 Thank Brisbane41
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015

Interesting place for Sengoku aficionado's. This time no great bombastic castle of the rich and famous - but ordinary houses of low class samourai. Digging reality.

1 Thank Sfitseart
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2015

The location itself is also worth visiting. You walk through suburban streets with the samurai exhibits intermingled in between. In some ways that is better than a dedicated theme type village as you also get a sense of place and people. Loved the little canal that once supplied water running through the streets and also appreciated how well maintained it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2013

A touch of authentic Japan of old! The houses were very well designed so you could walk around and see different room tableaus in each. It was a very hot day, so we could appreciate how clean and comfortable these houses were. Based amongst modern low rise housing, it was great to see the pride the Japanese take in their... More 

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