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Chiran Samurai Residence Garden

6198 Kori, Chinan-cho, Minamikyushu 897-0302, Kagoshima Prefecture
+81 993-58-7878
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Historically rich preservation of buildings and garden

We love this place. The "garden" is in fact a collection of old houses where samurai lived here... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Beautiful place

Interesting houses, with the occupants watching the tourists with some degree of interest! The... read more

Reviewed 4 May 2017
Larne, United Kingdom
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  • Average22%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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6198 Kori, Chinan-cho, Minamikyushu 897-0302, Kagoshima Prefecture
+81 993-58-7878
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We love this place. The "garden" is in fact a collection of old houses where samurai lived here long time ago. We drove but we believe you can take a bus to come here from Ibusuki or Kagoshima. There is a ticket office to buy...More

Thank EddieLeungHK
Reviewed 4 May 2017

Interesting houses, with the occupants watching the tourists with some degree of interest! The gardens are well maintained and the place is lovely. A great place to see.

Thank HabLeaf
Reviewed 4 April 2017

This is a really peaceful well preserved samurai area and was made more interesting somehow by the fact that people still live in many of the houses. Be careful to pay - it is easy to miss where to do so.

Thank tes108
Reviewed 17 March 2017

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...More

Thank redneckersson5
Reviewed 16 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...More

Thank Muntasir A
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.

1  Thank Lorraine S
Reviewed 22 November 2016

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

Thank Jan K
Reviewed 21 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...More

2  Thank 60726Nicky_11
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...More

Thank Michael N
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...More

Thank Keizo
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