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Address: Shitanocho, Shimabara 855-0052, Nagasaki Prefecture
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+81 957-63-1087

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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 3 weeks ago
Keizo
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Kawasaki, Japan
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Kawasaki, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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

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Sintra, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 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 

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Yulara, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 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.

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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.

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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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Hampshire
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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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Far North Queensland - Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2012

We expected a village, but instead you walk around a real town and visit preserved Samurai houses. The town is really lovely and the old water supply still running from the Mountains through the middle of the town is very pretty, its about 2 foot wide. The samurai houses are very basic and have some displays. We visited in winter... More 

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