Making chopsticks at Ishitani residence where Samurai stayed


The Ishitani Residence is a traditional Japanese-style building designated as an Important Cultural Property of the country. Covering an area of 10,000 square meters, the residence and its grounds include 40 rooms centered around a vast Japanese garden with a pond, together with seven storehouses.

Currently, four of the seven storehouses are open to the public as a museum and archive.

One of Japan's administrative systems during the Edo period, around the 19th century, was called Sankinkotai.

Under the Sankinkotai system local lords were ordered to serve the central military government in the Japanese capital every other year. The lords had to move back and forth between their territories and the Japanese capital once every two years. They traveled in a grand procession to show their power and dignity to the state. The post towns and inns they rested at along the way prospered as a result.


  • Wearing kimono, walk around a city that prospered under Sankinkotai  
  • Chopstick-making experience at Ishitani Residence 
  • English-speaking guide