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Discover the Old Town of Usuki, Oita

Usuki's samurai residence area, Oita prefecture, Kyushu, Japan.

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Usuki is a small city located in Oita prefectureKyushu. It is easily accessible from Beppu and a day trip can be easily accomplished. Let’s discover Usuki, famous for its samurai residences.

In the Footsteps of Samurai along Nioza Street

Usuki’s samurai residence area is located in the heart of this city. The street is easy to find as it is parallel to the main shopping street “Haccho Oji“.

The historic Nioza road is a narrow and beautiful walkway for about 200 meters. As you walk through this postcard-like street, you’ll come across temples, historical residences which remind you of the Edo period, tall stone walls, authentic dark wooden buildings, bright white walls, and traditional roofs. These objects are very well preserved and restored. While walking, you are directly immersed in the enchanting traditional atmosphere.

Usuki's samurai residence area, Oita prefecture, Kyushu, Japan.

Usuki's samurai residence area, Oita prefecture, Kyushu, Japan.

Usuki's samurai residence area, Oita prefecture, Kyushu, Japan.

Usuki's samurai residence area, Oita prefecture, Kyushu, Japan.

Usuki's samurai residence area, Oita prefecture, Kyushu, Japan.

A Commercial Street, Haccho Oji

There is a very authentic shopping street called Haccho Oji.  It is lined with many local craft shops (traditional shoes, kimono, sweets …) and grocery stores and other various items. Enjoy stopping by these places to sample their goods!

A commercial street in Usuki, Oita prefecture, Kyushu, Japan.

Soy Sauce and Miso Factory, Fun Dokin

Situated not far from Haccho Oji Street, along the river, the Fun Dokin factory has been producing soy sauce and miso since 1861.

Fun Dokin, a soy sauce company in Usuki, Oita prefecture, Kyushu, Japan.

Kotegawa Sake Brewery

This sake brewery with a beautiful wooden entrance was established in 1855. It produces sake and shochu.

Sake Brewery in Usuki, Oita prefecture, Kyushu, Japan.

Kagiya Soy Sauce Shop

Created in 1600, it is the oldest soy sauce factory in Kyushu, boasting a 415 year history! Impressive to see that Kagiya is still present after so many years. They are famous for crab soy sauce!

A soy sauce shop in Usuki, Oita prefecture, Kyushu, Japan.

Usuki Castle

These are actually Usuki castle ruins that are located on the east side of the city. The view from the top allows a nice view of the city and the surrounding mountains.

Usuki castle ruins in Usuki, Oita prefecture, Kyushu, Japan.

Samurai Residence of Inaba Family

During the Edo period, the local lord of Usuki was from the Inaba Clan. You can visit the house where the family lived (9:00 to 17:00 / 320yen). The residence is composed of several tatami rooms, wide corridors and a nice Japanese garden. Another samurai residence is open to the public as well, this is the Marumo Residence, located at the southern end of the city center.

Samurai Residence in Usuki, Oita prefecture, Kyushu, Japan.

Original article by : Estelle

Translated by: Aika Ikeda