In addition to shrines, temples, and castles, Japan is also home to a number of fascinating historic sites. For example, a national treasure teahouse and an ancient burial mound that has become a World Heritage site. Each of these places has the story of a historical figure who played a great role in that place.

Joan Teahouse

Joan Tea Room, National Treasure, by Oda Uraku. 織田有楽斎の如庵茶室

"The main principle of the tea ceremony is entertaining the guests." Samurai & Tea Master, Oda Uraku, attained this mentality despite the Warring State Period. How?

Glover Garden

Glover House in Nagasaki_長崎グラバー邸

Glover made a successful transition from a weapon merchant at the end of the Edo period to a coal and brewery businessman in the Meiji Period.

Nagasaki Nanban Trade

Impact on Japan by NanbanTrade_南蛮貿易の日本への影響

Nagasaki blomed Nanban Trade with Portugal and Spain in 16C. It brought Christianity and the Guns. How did the Samurai utilize them?

Emperor Nintoku Kofun

Emperor Nintoku Tumulus, World Heritage_仁徳天皇陵古墳,世界遺産

The largest keyhole-shaped tumulus in Japan (840m x 645m) of the 16th Emperor Nintoku, was built in the mid-5C. Its size is similar to that of a pyramid. Why so large? © Sakai City

Zuihoden Mausoleum


One-eyed Dragon, Date Masamune, overcame many hardships while confronting Hideyoshi and Ieyasu with his wisdom and ability. His soul has slept calmly at Zuihoden.

The Museum Meiji-Mura

Japanese Red Cross Central Hospital, delicately adorned with its exquisite exterior, in the Museum Meiji-Mura, a symbol of relief work in peacetime driven by Empress Dowager Shôken.