Ohara Residence

The finest samurai dwelling in Kitsuki

By Ekaterina Bespyatova   Jul 1, 2018 - 1 min read

Out of the many former samurai residences in the historic castle town of Kitsuki in Oita’s Kunisaki Peninsula, the Ohara residence, with its splendid thatched roof and large strolling garden, is, probably, the finest. It belonged to chief retainers of the local feudal lord.

It is not clear when exactly the residence was built, though it’s thought to have been constructed sometime in the mid-nineteenth century. Through the Meiji period it was occupied by the Ohara family. The building has been preserved in its original form for the most part, and it provides a glimpse into lives of high-ranking samurai of the Edo and Meiji periods.

I loved the interiors of the main house but spent most of the time admiring the garden. There’s a pond with a little island, stone bridges and water lilies that just beg to be photographed. Views of the main house from the garden are the best.

The Ohara Residence is open from 9:00 to 17:00 (last entrance 16:30); the entrance fee is 200 yen.

Getting there

There are direct buses to the Kitsuki city center from Beppu, Oita, and the Oita airport. From there, the Ohara residence can be reached on foot. If coming by train, keep in mind that the train station is some distance from the city center. A taxi ride will take 10 minutes and cost 1500 to 2000 yen.

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Ekaterina Bespyatova

Ekaterina Bespyatova @ekaterina.bespyatova

My name is Ekaterina and I enjoy looking at the world through my camera’s viewfinder. I travel a lot and capture what I find beautiful – in nature, culture, people. Japan is a place I have a special connection with – I’ve spent 7 years living in Tokyo and I’ve travelled across the country extensively, often to remote and less known locations. I have a large collection of photos from years of my Japan travels that I hope to eventually put online. And that collection constantly grows, because I always go back – there’s so much yet to discover. ​Check out my travel blog Amenohi Travels to see more. ​*** ​Здравствуйте, меня зовут Екатерина, и я люблю смотреть на мир через объектив фотоаппарата. Я много путешествую и снимаю то, что мне кажется красивым - природу, людей, созданное людьми. ​С Японией у меня давняя и глубокая связь. Я прожила 7 лет в Токио, объездила всю страну из конца в конец и регулярно возвращаюсь за новыми впечатлениями. За годы путешествий по Японии у меня скопилась большая коллекция фотографий, которые я планирую постепенно сделать доступными онлайн. Своими впечатлениями от поездок я делюсь здесь - а также на страницах своего сайта Amenohi Travels.