Edo Era Elegance

Katayama-tei Merchant House

kibichuo town, okayama prefecture, visitwestjapan
Photographer | Takuma Kimura


Katayama-tei is a fantastic example of an Edo era upper-class family residence. The architecture is elegant yet simple and has been remarkably maintained. The garden and surrounding walkways offer a delightful look into the world of the Kibichuo Town’s nobility.

Today, the residence mainly operates as a restaurant, serving a wide selection of Japanese comfort food with locally sourced ingredients.

The atmosphere of the dining area is completely authentic. At first glance, you might think that a restaurant had always been there, but of course, this is not the case. The dark wooden tables and chairs and the sunken hearth stove add an exotic touch to the ambiance.

Katayama-tei also has a museum feel to it as there are quite a few artifacts on display. In fact, the entire complex is one of the many archives located abound Kibichuo Town.

In order to appreciate the connection that Katayama-tei has with the broader town, it is a good idea to visit the town centers of Kamogawa and Kayo, where you can find hints about the political and commercial structures of the past.

After a delicious lunch at Katayama-tei, be sure to take in some of the natural beauty of Kibichuo Town. Enjoy spectacular sunsets on Mt. Ohira and the wonderfully Japanesque landscape around the Ukai River. Explore the valleys and hilltops, where you will find isolated villages blessed with waterfalls and streams.

Access: Take the Tsuyama Line from JR Okayama Station to JR Fukuwatari Station. Take a 40 minute taxi ride from JR Fukuwatari Station to Katayama-tei Merchant House.

About the Area

Kibichuo is a highland town that has seen an influx of both visitors and new residents over the years. Attracted by the rural lifestyle and pristine forests, activities such as farmstays and camping have become increasingly popular.

To accommodate holidaymakers who might be thinking of investing in a vacation cottage or even relocating, a new community has been developed adjacent to the Kibi Plaza commercial facility. It is an oasis of landscaped tree-lined streets and paths that are ideal for afternoon strolls.

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