Former Home of the Yoshihara Family


The former home of the Yoshihara family has been deemed a Government-Designated Important Cultural Asset for its sheer size, superior design, and definate construction date, as well as for being one of the more significant private residences in all of Kyushu. The Yoshihara family served as administrators of Kobo Town in the Yanagawa domain for generations, later attaining responsibility for legal and political affairs for the Kamachi-gumi. A dark ink inscription dating back to the 8th year of the Bunsei Period (1825) remains on the beam above the traditional Japanese entryway; it is thought that the house was built by the feudal lord at that time, Yoshihara Saburo Zaemon Sanun, and used for official business. A gate for nobles was added and storagerooms remodeled for government scouts temporarily stationed there by the feudal government between 1830 and 1844.

*About the House: Government-Designated Important Cultural Asset; built in 1825
*Accessibility: Wheelchair-accessible bathrooms

Basic Information

Address (Japanese) 831-0041 福岡県大川市小保136-17
Address 136-17 Kobo, Okawa City, Fukuoka
Telephone Number 0944-86-8333(大川市教育委員会)
Contact Okawa City Board of Education
Open 9am - 5pm (admissions until 4:30pm)
Closed Every Monday (Tuesday in the event of a National Holiday); New Year’s Holiday
Price Free
Car Park Available: 10 vehicles
Access By bus - 10 minute walk from Nishitetsu “Nakabaru Takagi Byoin Mae” Bus stop
By car - 30 minutes from the Yame Interchange off the Kyushu Expressway

*Information on facilities is subject to change. Please check each official website for the latest information.


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