Usuki is located on the east coast of Oita Prefecture in Kyushu Island, which is famous for its historical former castle town and religious national treasures of Japan. The former samurai district provides visitors a look at the scenic area preserved as a castle town with former residences for the samurai feudal lords available to tour as well. The paths and Edo period architecture offer an experience for travelers to see what the lifestyle for these Japanese warriors were like hundreds of years ago. Everyday objects used in the household are shown in the Inaba Residence as well as the Marumo Residence. Simple design with traditional Japanese tatami mats along with open walled living interior and a Japanese garden contribute to the residence for the lords. The Ruins of Usuki Castle is now a neighborhood park for locals to relax and enjoy. Most of the buildings were destroyed through time, with only a turret and gate remaining of this once grand castle of feudal Japan. The Usuki Stone Buddhas are designated national treasures of Japan dating back a thousand years ago. Travelers can stroll along the paved trail with intricate works of art following your every step. Preservation towards these national treasures is crucial, due to high moisture levels of the area, erosion has been slowly destroying the statues. Today, shelters are built to protect these treasures from the elements of nature. Every year the special Buddha fire festival is celebrated at this location with 800 years of history behind this traditional event.
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Usuki Samurai District
A well preserved samurai district with Edo period architecture close to the ruins of Usuki Castle located in Usuki, Oita Prefecture.