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MAEZAWA MAGARIYA SHUURAKU
Unspoiled scenery in the depth of mountain

This community has many traditional thatched houses and is designated as an important preservation district of historic buildings.

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At the end of the 16th century, a man called Takusai Kokatsunyudou, who was a vassal of Uchikatsu Yamanouchi, has settled in this area and started the Maezawamagariya community. In 1907, original thatched houses were destroyed by fire. When the houses were rebuilt, carpenters agreed to use the same design for houses, resulting in the unique townscape.

At the end of the 16th century, a man called Takusai Kokatsunyudou, who was a vassal of Uchikatsu Yamanouchi, has settled in this area and started the Maezawamagariya community. In 1907, original thatched houses were destroyed by fire. When the houses were rebuilt, carpenters agreed to use the same design for houses, resulting in the unique townscape.

Maezawamagariya Spotlight

Magariya
Magariya is a L-shaped house, divided into two dwelling sections; one for domestic animals, such as cows and horses and the other for human. Because the animals were very important tools of farming and transportation, they were treated well. People and animals were living under one roof.
Since farming tools have been evolved, domestic animals are no longer living in Magariya. Although the housing style is now considered as old-fashioned, people in the community still dwell in Magariya. In fact, half of housings in the community are still Magariya.
Maezawafurusato Park
The park is located by the Tateiwa River that is running between Route 352 and the Maezawa Community. There is a water mill in the park. The sound of the mill can be heard through the neighboring community.
The water mill has a pounder to grind millet. Water mills were used among Japanese farmers until around 1955 and they were seen everywhere in Japanese farming regions.
This tranquil scenery of a mountain village is the traditional Japanese landscape.
Magariya Museum
Experience Magariya! Inside, you will see various old farming tools. Its distinctive structure and design may interest you. You will understand why Magariya has been able to resist severe snowfall in winter and how it is adjusting to present-day.

Basic Information

Museum is open between April and early in November.
Business hour: Between 8:30 and 16:30.
Location: Maezawa, Minamiaizu
Contact: Maezawa Keikan Hozonkai.
http://www.aizu-concierge.com/map/spot/10359/en/ http://www.tateiwa-tic.jp/maezawa/index.htm

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