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Historic Sites: Former Site of the Ema Clan Estate

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Historical experience at the restored site of the Ema Residence

Exterior image of Ema Residence traced park

Ema was a Busho, Japanese militarily commander, who governed Hida from the Muromachi Period to the Sengoku Period.  Since the Edo period, the area formerly used as a residence by the Ema clan has been used to grow rice. According to local legend, 5 large garden stones resting in a rice field mark the location of the Ema clan castle.

Exterior image of Ema Residence traced park2Image of Japanese room of Ema's view

Later excavations proved the legend true, as remains of warrior’s medieval living spaces and gardens were discovered under and around the stones. The kaisho, a viewing area of the garden, main gate, and earthen walls were restored using available historical records. It is the only warrior residence site from medieval times where both the garden and kaisho have been restored. Visitors can enjoy the same beautiful views of the garden and the Hida mountains from the kaisho as did the lord of those days.

Facility information

Hours of Operation

10:00-16:00 (last admission: 15:30)


Everyday during season (closed December-March)


573-1 Kamiokacho, Hida City, Gifu




Approx. 30 min. by car from JR Hida-furukawa Station


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