The "jogo-style" house was a popular style of architecture from the end of the Edo period, seen in much of Saga prefecture's southeast such as Kawasoe town, and Fukuoka's southwest. Yamaguchi Family Residence is a typical example of this style.
Jogo-style involves an extremely rare system in which the center of a roof is shaped like a funnel in order to collect rainwater, which then flows into a large pipe passing over the doma and is drained off outside. The roofs are built strong from the reeds which grow naturally in the creeks of the area. Jogo-style is believed to have been created in order to effectively use limited space and protect houses from damage caused by rain, etc. It is estimated that the Yamaguchi Residence was built between the end of the 18th century and beginning of the 19th century. The house is north-facing and practically square with a hip-roof. It is roughly 10 meters wide and 11 meters long. There is a horse stable to the west of the house's front. Despite its age, the house maintains its original form well, and is highly regarded as a place which conveys the history of private dwellings. Yamaguchi Family Residence was designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan in 1974.
From train station: 25-minute taxi ride from Saga Station on the JR Nagasaki Main Line
Car: 45-minute drive from Nagasaki Expressway Saga-Yamato IC
Bus: Get Saga City Bus bound for Odakuma at Saga Station Bus Center, get off at Odakuma stop, and walk for 5 minutes
● *Please make an application to the Division of Social Education, Kawasoe Office a few days before the visit.
● Parking Lot: Accommodates 5 cars (free of charge)
● Contact: Kawasoe Branch Office, Saga City Government, Tel: +81-952-45-1111