Former Yanohara Family Residence (gassho-style )

Former Yanohara Family Residence (gassho-style )

Important National Cultural Property

This gassho-style (steeply slanted thatched roof) house dates from the first half of the 1800s. It was originally built in Shokawa Village, Gifu Prefecture, adjacent to Shirakawa-go, another small, traditional village designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With Shokawa destined to be submerged as a result of dam construction, the house was relocated in 1960 to Sankeien.

Although the house was built for farmers, it features upper-class architectural elements, such as a spacious entrance hall for welcoming important guests, tatami mats in the reception room, and distinctive window designs, including katomado, bell-shaped openings often seen in Zen Buddhist temples. This is one of the largest gassho-style private houses still existing in Japan and is indicative of the Yanohara family’s prosperity.

Displayed inside the house are farming implements gathered from the area around Shirakawa-go at the time of relocation. There is an irori sunken hearth in the middle of the living room floor, where a fire is built each day. From the smell of the smoke and the sooty black pillars and beams, visitors can get a sense of life in old Shirakawa-go


Hours 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (last entry at 4:30 PM)
  • 700 yen for adults (High school students and above), 200 yen for children
  • Group discounts (10 or more people): 600 yen for adults
    100 yen for children
    300 yen for students
    (high school students or above)
    *If faculty member is present
  • City residents 65 years old and above: 200 yen
    *Please present your Hamatomo Card issued by Yokohama City.
  • Persons with physical disabilities (regardless of residency): free (up to one caregiver also admitted for free)
    se present your Physical Disability Passbook
  • Book of 5 tickets: 3,000 yen for adults; 500 yen for children
  • Annual pass: 2,500 yen for adults; 700 yen for children; 700 yen for city residents 65 years old and over
    se present your Hamatomo Card issued by Yokohama City.

Automobiles: 500 yen up to 2 hours; 100 yen for every additional 30 minutes; 1,000 yen maximum per day Buses: 1,000 yen


December 29, 30, 31

Please note the following:
  • We ask visitors to refrain from bringing their pets into the garden.
  • Smoking is not allowed within the garden.
  • Please do not pick any plants or flowers or remove any wildlife from the garden.
  • No eating or drinking in the inner garden.
  • Private use of the buildings and gardens, as well as photography for commercial purposes requires prior approval. Please contact the office in advance.


Sankeien Hoshokai Foundation

58-1 Honmokusannotani, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa 231-0824

TEL: 045-621-0634(or 0635) / FAX: 045-621-6343

*Please make sure you have the right number when you call.