The Old Morinaga Residence

The Old Morinaga Residence
The Old Morinaga Residence
The Old Morinaga Residence

Built back in the Edo Period (17th–19th century) in Hasuike area (current Yanagi-machi), the houses of the Morinaga Family, who was a renowned tobacco producer, consist of residential houses and storehouses, which are among the few remaining three-story storehouses from the time. The storehouses were used to store tobacco, which the founder of the Morinaga's tobacco company started producing in the Edo period by an order from the local feudal lord. “Fuji No Kemuri,” the tobacco brand produced by the Morinaga company, got a great reputation that the flavor was even better than Tengu, the tobacco brand then famous in Tokyo, and was favored by such important figures as Shigenobu Okuma. When the tobacco production was nationalized, the company switched their business to traditional kimono retailing and lasted until 1934. The storehouse was renovated after that and is today occupied by Kureha, the black tea store, and “Orimonogatari,” the shop providing traditional Nabeshima Dantsu carpet.

Basic information

Address 4-7, Yanagi-machi, Saga-shi, Saga Prefecture
Official Name The Old Morinaga Residence
Closed Mondays
*Except Some Stores / Check Below for More Details
Opening Hours 9AM-6PM (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday)
9AM-9PM (Friday, Saturday)
*Except Some Stores / Check Below for More Details
Access Car: 20 minutes from Sagayamato IC
Bus : Take a Bus Bound for Katatae at Saga Station Bus Center and Get off at "Gofuku Motomachi" Stop / 2 Minute Walk from the Bus Stop
Parking Availability Free Parking Available for 40 Cars
Cell Phone Battery Charging Unavailable
Wi-fi Availability Unavailable
Estimated Time to Enjoy 30 Minutes to 1 hour
Admission Fee Free
Reservation Not Necessary
Tobacco Not Allowed
Foreign Language Support Enjoyable without Understanding Japanese
Notes 【Shop information】
- Japanese Black Tea Shop Kureha (Cafe, Black Tea Shop)
Opening hours: 11:00AM-6PM
(Friday, Saturday are from 21:00)
Holidays (Monday, Tuesday)

- Orimonogatari (Nabeshima Dantsu Carpet Store)
Opening Hours 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Closed on Mondays, the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays

- Orimonogatari (Gallery Sagashimono)
Opening Hours 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Closed on Mondays
MAPCODE 87 322 034*05


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