Edo Era Splendor

Ashimori Samurai Residence

ashimori, okayama city, okayama prefecture, visitwestjapan
Photographer | Takuma Kimura


The former home of the Sugihara family, who served the lord of Ashimori, has this residence as one of the finest examples of an Edo era manor in Okayama Prefecture. Exquisitely maintained, it truly at the heart of Ashimori’s historic quarter.

The garden at the residence has a clear Zen influence with its mixture of greenery and strategically placed stones. There is also an inner garden where you can imagine what it would have been like to be able to escape from the world and enter a private domain.

You can get a feel for the life of the Japanese nobility at the Ashimori Samurai Residence and experience feudal Japan.

About the Area

Okayama Prefecture is located in the Sanyo region of the Chugoku area of West Japan. The Chinese characters that are used to represent the term “Sanyo”, imply that there is ample sunshine. Accordingly, the prefecture is known has Hare-no-kuni or “Sunshine Country”, on account of its high proportion of sunny days throughout the year.

As Okayama is a major agricultural producer, it receives sufficient rain to make that possible, rarely experiencing periods of drought. Mild winters and long summers, coupled with a landscape that includes lowlands, highlands and everything in between, means that the variety of agriculture is vast.

Ashimori is a district that is prized for its Edo era townscape, which includes former samurai residences, merchant houses, shopfronts and warehouses. Set along the Ashimori River, it is a lovely place for a stroll.

Agriculture is a major part of the livelihood of the town and melon growing is at its center. Ashimori’s signature fruit and a prefectural symbol, there is even an annual festival dedicated to it.


Access: Take the Momotaro Line (Kibi Line) from JR Okayama Station to JR Ashimori Station. Ashimori Samurai Residence is about a 10 minute taxi ride from JR Ashimori Station.

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