Annaka Row House




This row house, or nagaya, was built in the mid 1800's. It is a typical lower class samurai residence. The Annaka Domain, however, was not a very wealthy domain so most middle class samurai also lived in the same or similar type of quarters. This nagaya originally had 4 apartments, but only three were left in modern times. When the city took possession of the building they rebuilt it with the fourth apartment using original blueprints for the house. It was opened in 1992. Today, the nagaya opens up onto a yard or Japanese garden but originally this house likely did not have a garden for viewing but used the space to grow vegetables. When I was at this house someone was telling a group of children that people were still living in the house when he was young.

  • Row House (Nagaya)
  • Entrance to the Nagaya
  • Nagaya
  • Outside the nagaya
  • Nagaya
  • Nagaya
  • Nagaya
  • Inside one of the apartments
  • Inside one of the apartments. Note the finished ceiling and tokonoma alcove on the left. The room was for entertaining visitors.
  • Zashiki room in another apartment
  • Unfinished ceiling of another room
  • Nagaya rooms
  • Design for the Nagaya

  • Annaka Row House Profile
    English Name Annaka Row House
    Japanese Name 安中武家長屋
    Year early to mid 1800's
    Residence Type Lower Class
    Designations Local Historic Site
    Features House
    Visitor Information 9am-5pm (Dec-Feb: 9am-4:30pm); 210 yen entrance fee for both samurai homes
    Website spot/daimyou buke.html
    Location Annaka, Gunma Prefecture
    Castle Annaka Castle
    Coordinates 36° 19' 41.16" N, 138° 53' 40.70" E
    Annaka Castle and nearby Samurai Homes
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    Visits March 11, 2018
    Added Jcastle 2018

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