Naramachi Koshi no Ie Residence

Historical Monument
A museum which recreates the appearance of a merchant’s house in old Nara-machi, a style of living which existed from the end of the Edo through the Meiji periods. The building is also known as the “Eel Bed”) thanks to its narrow entrance and lengthwise design, which resembles an eel trap. Visitors can experience how life was lived in such houses and learn about the lives of townspeople during this time period.

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Nara Pref. Narashi Gangoujichou 44 map map Map
Monday(next weekday for public holidays), Weekday following public holidays, New Year's holiday(12/26-1/5)
[Admission fee]Free
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Credit Card
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Vegetarian Menu
Not available
English Menu
Available (Facility pamphlet English version)
Temporary suspension of business:Closed until May 31, 2020 (Information as of May 19, 2020)
* Information may be changed, so please be sure to check the official information.
Wheelchair accessible
Possible (There is a step to go up to the tatami room, no slope)
Infant friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • Lovely Surprise in the Backstreets of Nara
    4.0 Reviewed : 2019.03.20
    Its a free attraction, and fascinating to see how homes were once constructed--the literature was very helpful. We were actually walking between Harushika Brewery and Gango-Ji Temple in Naramachi...
  • The Old Kitchen and Fresh Somen Noodles
    4.0 Reviewed : 2018.11.07
    Wonderful old temple at Gangoji on the Yamanobe no Michi trail. They serve somen noodles here. And there are two poetry monuments, both of which are profiled in Precious Stones, a delightful book...
  • Delightful find
    5.0 Reviewed : 2018.06.28
    We stumbled upon this delightful house and enjoyed wandering through. It was a little insight into the traditional housing and courtyard garden. A lovely woman welcomed us in and offered an English...

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