Attraction 平家の里, 1042 Yunishigawa, Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture 321-2601, Japan Published on: 27-02-2016
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Why Heike no Sato is special ?
Heike no Sato is a small folk park, consisting of a few thatched roof buildings, a performance stage built to resemble Heike no Sato is a recreation of a village with several folk houses which was built in 1985. 800 years have passed since the Heike lost the battle with the Genji, and the Heike no Sato was created to convey the lifestyle of the fleeing Heike warriors after the loss. Old daily life tools, and statues of Taira no Kiyomori and Atsumori are on display and exhibitions of kibachi trough carving and sales of famous products are also carried out.a shrine and a small museum.
What to explore at Heike no Sato?
The museum showcases the story of the Taira clan - their life in Kyoto, their feud with the Genji, the Battle of Dan-no-ura and their subsequent flight to Gokanosho. Sadly, none of the information there is presented in English but the beautiful wood and paper cut-outs at least do a bit to visually relay the Heike's story. The nearby stage holds occasional performances of kagura, a sacred dance related to the native Japanese religion of Shinto, as well as retellings of the Heike Monogatari (the Story of the Heike).
There is a small onsite restaurant that serves local specialties (mushroom season is a particularly enjoyable time to be in the region). Both set meals and a la carte options are available.
How to get to Heike no Sato?
33 minutes from Yunishikawa Onsen Station on Yagan Railway by the bus bound for Yunishikawa Onsen. Get off at Honke Bankyu Ryokan-mae Bus stop.
- Traditional houses
- A small folk park
- Old daily life tools
- A la carte options are available
- The beautiful wood
平家の里, 1042 Yunishigawa, Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture 321-2601, Japan
Tips for you
Japanese traditional houses are displayed in the place. I went there in February and the garden was covered by snow. I could see old tools and cooking equipment inside.