Main Building of the Kaneko Family’s Former Residence

Akita City Designated Tangible Cultural Property
The Kaneko Family’s Former Residence consists of a main building and an inner storehouse and is a precious example of the late-Edo era architectural style of traditional townhouses. Quite characteristic of an Edo-era townhouse, it has an earthen-floored internal side aisle, 1.5 meters wide, that leads from the entrance hall to the earthen space behind the main building (or in front of the inner storehouse). The main building has rooms facing the internal side aisle. The servants’ room that looks down on the internal side aisle and the maids’ room above the kitchen are good examples of typical rooms in a merchant townhouse. Rain water tanks are on the top roof, which could be used in case of fire.