Sakura, which prospered as a castle town, retains its samurai residential district, historical townscape, and festivals, which revolve around Sakura Castle, which used to provide Edo with administrative and military support.
Sakura also prospered for its leading position in Western studies under the long-lasting governance of the Hotta clan.
This luxurious tour route allows you to tour, visit, and learn everything about various aspects of Sakura.
This is a historical folk museum which comprehensively studies and displays Japanese history and culture. It is located inside of Sakura Castle ruins. The theme is the history of ancient times to the present day and the ethnic world of the Japanese people.
This castle was built by Doi Toshikatsu, the cousin of Tokugawa Ieyasu, as a fortress for defending Edo’s eastern side. It was designated a municipal historical site in 1962.
These are the houses where the samurai of Sakura used to live. Three houses are open to the public these days: the former Kawahara family residence (a cultural property of Chiba Prefecture), the former Tajima family residence (a cultural property of Sakura), and the former Takei family residence. They were built in the late Edo period.
This was the residence of Hotta Masatomo, the last lord of Sakura Domain. It is very valuable as a surviving former residence of a daimyo family from the Meiji period and has been designated a national important cultural property.
This is a Meiji-style garden on the property of Hotta Masatomo’s residence. It is valuable as a surviving daimyo family’s garden, and it was designated a national scenic beauty site in 2015.
Sakura Juntendo was a Western medical school and clinic opened by Sato Taizen in 1843. The Memorial Building exhibits medical texts and medical equipment used by the Juntendo at the time.
This is a graveyard at Jindai-ji Temple, the family temple of the Hotta clan, who served as lords of Sakura Domain. The graves of three people—Hotta Masatoshi, Masayoshi, and Masatomo are here.
The history of Sakurahayashi, Karakuri puppets, the atmosphere of the festival are displayed.
Numerous historical buildings, including merchants’ homes and samurai houses, remain in Sakura, which was once a castle town. The roads and land divisions are also invaluable for having been preserved as they were during that period.
It's an old shrine that can confirm its name in the documents of over 1000 years ago. It was deeply religious believed by the Sakura lords and vassals as a god of the general guardian of the Sakura clan in the Edo period.