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Kitakata Kura no Sato

Established in 1993 by the City of Kitakata on the Kitakata Plaza Cultural Center, Kitakata Kura no Sato is a base for passing down the cultural tradition of building kura (traditional warehouses) and magariya (bent houses), which are valuable parts of the lifestyle heritage of the Kitakata area. Within this 4,500 square-meter area, there are ten traditional-style buildings, including a mise-gura (a kura used as a shop), a miso-gura (kura for preserving miso bean paste), a kokumotsu-gura (a kura for storing grain), and a kura-zashiki (a kura used as a residence), as well as the residences of local officials (Go-gashira and Kimoiri) constructed around a courtyard. The landscape with its old warehouses and residences induces a sense of nostalgia in the minds of Japanese people. Each of the warehouses also serves as an exhibition space for various resources on different themes: stencils for Aizu dyeing; a photo gallery exhibiting the works of Minoru Kaneda, who introduced Kitakata to outsiders as the town of kura; Iwako Uryu, a social worker during the Meiji Period; Monzo Hasunuma, the leader of a youth movement group called Shuyodan; and the Kitakata Incident, which took place in the midst of the democratic movement during the Meiji Period. Visitors can also acquire background knowledge here before going on a tour to see the many kura that dot the city of Kitakata.

Information

Location
109 Oshikiri, Kitakata City, Fukushima Pref 966-0094
Contact
Kitakata Furusato Shinko K.K.
TEL: 0241-22-6592/ FAX: 0241-22-6594
E-mail:info@furusatosinkou.co.jp
Website
http://www.furusatosinkou.co.jp/
Hours
09:00~17:00(Last admission: 4:30 pm)
Regular holiday
Year-end and New Year
Parking
117 cars,Coaches can be parked (Parking of the Kitakata Plaza)
Entrance fee
Adult & college student: ¥400/Primary, junior high, high school student: ¥200/Discount rate available for groups
Access
By car: 20 km from Aizuwakamatsu IC onBan-etsu Expressway
By train: 20 min walk from Kitakata Station on JR Ban-etsu Saisen Line

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