Stroll in kimono! The Izumi-Fumoto Samurai Residences

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Mar 13, 2018

A spot of scenic beauty, the Izumi-Fumoto Samurai Residences were included in 1995 in the list of Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings. They are a virtual open-air museum bridging the centuries and evoking memories of good, old Japan. Incidentally, the residences are close to the Kyushu Shinkansen’s Izumi Station, which makes them very easy to access. Open since May 1, 2017, a new museum, the “Izumi-Fumoto History Hall”, offers dioramas, films, documents and other information about the residences and it is a good place to start your walk. Strolling around the 400-year old streets and houses you get a pretty good idea how things were in the samurai society of the Edo Period, and the ticket for the museum will also allow you to enter the public samurai residences “Takezoe-tei” and” Saisho-tei”.

A new program offered by the city is the “Kimono/Yukata and Tea Ceremony Experience at the Samurai Residences” and from what we hear it is very popular. You make a reservation and then go to the specified place and the local staff will help you pick a kimono. Add “tabi” (socks) and “zori” (sandals) for free, and prepare for your walk. Everything is already there so you do not need to bring anything with you. Groups of five people or more can experience a tea ceremony. You are welcomed to take home your kimono and obi sash belt when you are done with the program!

*For the kimono and tea ceremony experience, a one-month-in-advance reservation is necessary. For detailed information, please visit the website.

Kimono Experience – The Izumi-Fumoto Samurai Residences
E-mail: kanko_c@city.izumi.kagoshima.jp

* This is the information as of June, 2017
For further detail, please visit
https://japanbyjapan.com/kyushu/index.html


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