Lafcadio Hearn’s Former Residence

Historical Monument
Koizumi Yakumo, also known as Lafcadio Hearn, was the famed author of tales based on Japanese legends such as Hoichi the Earless and The Snow Woman. The residence here was the first home he lived in in Japan when he came to Kumamoto as an English teacher for Daigo Junior and Senior High School (now Kumamoto University). It is said that Hearn penned Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan in this building. The residence was severely damaged in the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake and currently only a portion of the home and garden are open to the public (as of January 2017).

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Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Anseimachi 2-6
Monday(The day following if it falls on a public holiday), New Year's holiday
[Admission fee]Free
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Estimated stay time
0-30 minutes
Infant friendly
Pet friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • Author of “Kaikan”
    3.0 Reviewed:2021.01.19
    In a small park behind Tsuruya department store, there is a former residence of Koizumi Yakumo, a famous writer of Meiji. As I am interested in literature, the visit was quite meaningful. Natume...
  • Love it
    5.0 Reviewed:2017.10.12
    Koizumis (aka Lafcadio Hearn) old house is only about a 10 minute walk from my house so I was eager to go see it. Luckily the house had just been fully reopened after it was damaged in last years...
  • For Fans of Lafcadio Hearne
    4.0 Reviewed:2015.11.19
    This is a small but well put together tribute museum to a man who introduced the world as well as the people of Japan to their rich folktale/folklore tradition. He travelled throughout the country...

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