The former Aizawa Family Residence
Okunoya (Rear side house)


The former Aizawa Family Residence was built in three phases. It is said that it was built initially in Nagakura Village (present Hitachi-Omiya City, Ibaraki Prefecture) as a house of a yamabushi or a hermit. It has two rooms, an inner drawing room and a middle room.
In the mid-1700s, it was moved to Naka City, where a room with a wooden floor was added and used for medical practice.
Later, the earthen floor was also added to form a typical private house as it is now. This is a large, well-coordinated, and beautiful private house.
The inner drawing room has an alcove, shelves, and a writing alcove, and its thin beams and other building materials give an impression of a sukiya-style tea ceremony room.

※A yamabushi is a hermit, an ascetic priest who confines himself in the mountains. Many yamabushi used to live in this region.

Changes this house has undergone

  • Phase I…Built as a house of a yamabushi in Nagakura Village (currently Hitachi-Omiya City)
  • Phase II…Moved to present Kounosu, Naka City and a room with a wooden floor was added
  • Phase III…The earthen floor was added to form the current state of the house

Map of Ibaraki Prefecture

The sword cut scars

The sword cut scars on the alcove pillars of the inner drawing room and on the pillars in the middle room, as well as the spear marks on the ceiling of the inner drawing room, are said to be traces of the time of upheavals in the closing days of the Tokugawa shogunate, telling the history of this region.


Sword Cut Scars in the Middle Room

Alcove, Staggered Shelves, and Writing Alcove in the Inner Drawing Room