Former Ozu Residence 旧小津清左衛門家(旧:松阪商人の館)

Step inside the splendor and majesty of a wealthy merchant’s house built during feudal era Japan and surround yourself with the several hundred year old architecture. Explore this mansion and feel what it must have been like.

A paper wholesaler during the Edo Period, the Ozu Seizaemon Family was one of Matsuzaka's best and most wealthy merchants, and moved quickly to set up a store in Edo (now Tokyo). Even now, that paper wholesaler is still doing business in Tokyo under the name of "Ozu Washi". As one of the richest families during the Edo period, the Ozu Kiyozaemon family built a marvelous mansion deserving of their wealth and renown.
When you visit the Former Ozu Residence, you can easily imagine what living in a millionaire's house was like during the Edo period. Although the exterior appears quite simple, the mansion's interior is large, with tatami mat after tatami mat continuing throughout the building, and if you look closely at each part of the house, you will notice that it is a well-organized and respectable design. In 1998, it's value was recognized and it was designated as a tangible cultural property of Mie Prefecture.

〒515-0081 松阪市本町2195番地
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Access by public transportation
About 10 minutes on foot from Matsusaka Station
〈Access to “Matsusaka” Station〉
[From Osaka] About 90 minutes by Kintetsu Railway.
[From Nagoya] About 1 hour by Kintetsu Railway.

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