The city of Suzaka sits next to Nagano City in the northern part of Nagano Prefecture.
In this small town that prospered during the Meiji era from the silk industry, there are numerous storehouses, or "kura," still standing from that time and scattered throughout the city.
Shirafuji stands close to the center of town, and it is said that the Urano family, who held an important position within the Suzaka feudal domain, built it in the late Edo/early Meiji period.
It conveys the appearance of a samurai residence from that era, making it a valuable structure.
Late in the Meiji era, a doctor, Dr. Maruta took over the building and added a Western-style annex where he saw patients.
The remaining estate is a truly unique space with the main Japanese-style house and Western-style building displaying the sophistication of Meiji culture on the same site.
The story is in the details
Your time belongs to you here in this nationally registered cultural property Experience this space that has been passed down for neary 100 years and the abundant lifestyle that once existed in Shinshu Suzaka with all five senses.
Fresh-picked, seasonal fruit and vegetables grown in Suzaka along with local wines and sake are all here for your enjoyment.
While staying at Shirafuji, we hope you feel the stories that live and breathe throughout the town of Suzaka.
Suzaka-grown, sun-dried rice
Fresh fruit from one of Nagano Prefecture's leading fruit-growing areas, Suzaka
Ume (plum) cider made from ume grown in Shirafuji's garden
Pottery created by Suzaka-born ceramists, Michikazu Sakai and his wife
Suzaka miso from five miso storehouses that have been making miso for 100 - 300 years.
La CASTA products manufactured in the abudant natural scenery of Nagano.