Matsusaka's culture is rich and multi-faceted.

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Matsusaka's culture is rich and multi-faceted.
  • Matsusaka Castle Ruins
    Matsusaka Castle Ruins

    Matsusaka Castle was built in 1588 by Ujisato Gamo, and remains a symbol of the city. While the original castle keep was lost in a typhoon long ago, the impressive walls —hewn from natural stone—are a sight to behold. With plum blossoms in early spring, cherry blossoms and wisteria in spring, and gingko in autumn, the park is beloved by locals as a place for rest throughout the year.

  • Castle Guard Residences
    Castle Guard Residences
    These residences were home to samurai warriors of the Kishu Domain who guarded Matsusaka Castle at the end of the Edo period. Unusually for such a site, people continue to live here to this day, and it has received national designation as an Important Cultural Property. One of the houses on the north side of the west building is open to the public.
  • Harada Jiro Estate
    Harada Jiro Estate
    Jiro Harada was an entrepreneur active from the Meiji through the Taisho periods; by devoting all of his assets to establishing a foundation, he made significant contributions to public welfare. His Historical Home is located in the middle of town, where warriors’ homes once stood side by side, and one can still sense the historic atmosphere. The building, which maintains a structure typical of Edo-period warrior estates, is a valuable piece of architecture.
  • Matsusaka City Museum of History and Folklore
    Matsusaka City Museum of History and Folklore

    This building was originally built as a library in 1911, and possesses a distinct historical feel. On exhibit inside are materials related to Matsusaka merchants and their wares, such as Matsusaka Cotton and Ise Oshiroi. The Museum is beloved as a place that gives a full introduction to Matsusaka culture.

  • Hasegawa Estate
    Hasegawa Estate

    The Hasegawa Family made its fortune as cotton merchants in Edo. The estate features historic architecture such as wooden lattices, five stores houses, and a roof supported by a distinctive udatsu beam—one of only three remaining in Mie Prefecture. Centered around a pond and full of beautiful greenery, the garden is a pleasure in all seasons. Items on display include tools preserved by the family over the years and a recently discovered collection of golden coins.

  • Motoori Norinaga Museum/ Suzu-no-Ya
    Motoori Norinaga Museum/ Suzu-no-Ya

    Motoori Norinaga (1739-1801) was an Edo period Japanese classicist. Norinaga researched Kojiki and Tale of Genji. The Motoori Norinaga Memorial Museum features Norinaga’s former residence “Suzu-no-ya,” original manuscripts, self-portraits, and Norinaga’s favorite bells.

  • Remains of Motoori Norinaga's Residence
    Remains of Motoori Norinaga's Residence

    The former site of Norinaga’s residence “Suzu-no-ya,” which was relocated to a location adjacent to the Motoori Norinaga Memorial Museum. Contains Norinaga’s beloved garden pines, the residence’s foundation stone, a stone monument, and the home of Norinaga’s son Haruniwa. Matsusaka Merchant homes stood side by side around his residence. Walk in this area and you will be transported back through time to the Matsusaka of two hundred years ago.

  • Matsusaka Merchant Museum
    Matsusaka Merchant Museum

    This is the former residence of Seizaemon Ozu, a successful merchant who traded paper and cotton on a large scale in Edo (now Tokyo). Spacious premises offer the opportunity to feel the history in its architecture and interior decorating, and feature two preserved mud- walled storehouses and a rare money chest. Despite the simple exterior with lattice work and palisades, the site is surprisingly spacious and two mud walled store- houses remain. The museum tells the story of the daily life and the wisdom of the merchant, who owned the shop in Edo. Designated by Mie Prefecture as a Tangible Cultural Property.

  • Birthplace of the Mitsui Family
    Birthplace of the Mitsui Family
    Takatoshi Mitsui, the great merchant who established the foundation for the Mitsui zaibatsu conglomerate, was born in the city of Matsusaka. Although this site is not open to the public, it contains a designated memorial to the birthplace of the family and the well which was used to give Takatoshi his first bath as a body.
  • Matsusaka Cotton Center
    Matsusaka Cotton Center

    This center works to produce and hand down knowledge about the traditional handicraft Matsusaka Cotton. Fabric, kimono, and accessories on sale all feature a beautiful indigo striped pattern, and make excellent souvenirs. Also popular with customers is the authentic Edo-period loom, where you can hand-weave original pieces.

  • Matsusaka Agricultural Park Bell Farm
    Matsusaka Agricultural Park Bell Farm
    Features a barbecue restaurant that serves Matsusaka beef, a café that uses local ingredients, fresh fruit and vegetables, a souvenir store, a variety of enjoyable agriculture- and food-related events, indoor and outdoor gardens that offer a chance to encounter seasonal flora through the year, and expansive grounds that include plenty of room for large buses to park, Bell Farm brims with a variety of charms.
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