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  • Gojoban Yashiki
    Gojoban Yashiki
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    Inside the Gojoban Yashiki
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  • Matsusaka Castle from Gojoban Yashiki
    Matsusaka Castle from Gojoban Yashiki
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    Gojoban Yashiki

    by Rabbityama Updated Oct 17, 2013

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    The Gojoban Yashiki were the residences of the guards of Matsusaka Castle during the Edo Period. There are not so many of this type of residence left in the country. One of the buildings can be entered so that you can catch a glimpse of how the guards lived.

    The area is not only historic, but also very attractive. The residences flank a stone path lined with well-manicured bushes that has a time-slip feel. Because of its beauty, this street is often used in advertisements for Matusaka. It's definitely a unique and memorable place.

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    Matsusaka Castle Ruins

    by Rabbityama Written Oct 4, 2013
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    Matsusaka Castle was originally built in 1588 by Gamo Ujisato, the local daimyo. He turned Matsusaka into a bustling merchant town with his free trade policies. The town also benefited because of its location as one of the last stops on the pilgrimage road to Ise Shrine.

    Today none of the castle's buildings remain however, the castle walls are well-preserved and are interesting to explore, particularly if you also visit the samurai district (the Gojoban Yashiki) and other related local historic sites. I was pleasantly surprised to see autumn leaves here. They were very vivid in spite of it being rather late in the season.

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    Museum of History and Folklore

    by Rabbityama Written Jan 18, 2013

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    Museum of History and Folklore

    The Museum of History and Folklore is a museum that showcases historic objects from the city. Because Matsusaka is located along the pilgrimage route to Ise, it became a bustling merchant town. Many of the artifacts displayed on the first floor come from the old businesses, such as signboards and advertisements. I always find these interesting. The second floor is dedicated to Matsusaka Momen, the local cotton fabric. It features looms, old examples of the fabrics, and tools used in the process of producing the fabric.

    The museum building itself is a historic building. It dates back to 1911 and was used as the local library until 1978 when a new library was built. Soon after its closing, it was converted into the museum as it is today.

    Entrance is 100 yen. You can also purchase a combination ticket that includes admission to this museum as well as the Shonin no Yakata (Memorial Museum of Matsusaka Merchants) for 150 yen.

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    Matsusaka Shonin no Yakata

    by Rabbityama Written Dec 11, 2012
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    The Matsusaka Shonin no Yakata is the former residence of Sheizwemon Odzu (Ozu), one of the city's wealthiest merchants. Their first store was a paper business that they founded in 1653 in Edo. They later opened another paper store and a cotton store and became well-known. The Odzu family has had a successful business from the feudal days to today.

    The oldest parts of this residence were built in the 17th century but additions were made in the 18th century and others in the Meiji Period. It's nice to visit this house because you can walk around freely in the house and the courtyard. Upstairs they have exhibits of objects related to the family and their business.

    Entrance is 200 yen. Alternatively, you can buy a combination ticket that includes the Museum of History and Folklore for an additional 100 yen.

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    Historic Matsusaka

    by Sandmonkee Written Dec 7, 2005

    Definitely spend some time on the old castle grounds and in the old samurai village.

    Go out the south entrance of the station, and walk directly straight up the main street. Eventually you will see a stone obelisk on the left side (look hard for it). Turn RIGHT here onto the little street. This will take you through the old samurai village and up to the castle. If you get lost, just ask a passer-by "Matsusaka-jo doko desu-ka". As with most of Japan, its a confusing jumble of streets!

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