Chiba, Kanto

A townscape incorporating numerous precious historical sites, cultural assets and abundant nature

Sakura City is in the northern part of Chiba Prefecture. Because the location is convenient, taking 20 minutes from Narita Airport and an hour from Tokyo Station on train, you can go there casually for sightseeing. In 1611, Doi Toshikatsu, who held the important post of roju at that time, constructed Sakura Castle, taking seven years to do so. The castle town was also formed accordingly. How the place was like in the Edo Period can be imagined from the remains of the castle in Sakura Castle Park, including the ruins of the keep and the no-water moat.

There is a street of old samurai residents surrounded by mounds and hedges in Miyakoji-Machi in the east of the ruins of the castle. Three residential buildings on this street, such as the former Kawara House, the former Tajima House and the former Takei House, are some of the oldest samurai residents remaining in Sakura City, and are open to the public. Because the three houses differed in rank and value of fief, you can get an idea of the variation of the lives of samurai by comparing these housing buildings.

In addition, the former Hotta House is a mansion in which Hotta Masatomo lived, the last Sakura Domain lord. Seven buildings of the residential area, namely the entrance hall, guest room wing, living room wing, study room wing, bath building, earthen-wall warehouse and gatekeeper’s lodge, are preserved. The garden of the house was created by Ito Hikoemon, a famous gardener in the Meiji Period, and is well known as the Sakura Garden. The mansion fully preserved with Japanese-style architecture and garden is very rare in the country, and it is definitely worth visiting.


Kairinjimachi, Sakura City, Chiba

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