Quite some time ago my cycling mate Brian Southwick, posted some photos on his blog showing " Watanabe house " a fantastic historic home located in the back streets of Sekikawa and because I was in the area I wanted to take a look at it.
Listed below is a description of Watanabe House by Brian Southwick from
The Watanabe House, located in Sekikawa Village, is a splendid example of an Edo period samurai dwelling, or yashiki. The Watanabe clan were retainers of the Murakami daimyos, whose powerful influence during the Tokugawa Shogunate was widespread throughout Niigata. The main tourist attraction in Sekikawa, the house and its outbuildings are in an excellent state of repair. A wing of the structure is inhabited by descendants of the former samurai warriors.
Pictured above are a few photos of the Watanabe house buildings