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Chiran was home to more than 500 samurai residences during the late Edo period. Part of the charm of the Chiran Samurai Residence Complex lies in the stone wall lined paths covered in ivy and other greenery and with sculpted hedges. The samurai homes and landscaped gardens are one of the main treats of Kagoshima Prefecture. The Chiran Samurai Residence Complex has been designated as an Important Preservation District of Traditional Buildings by the Japanese government..
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Chiran was home to more than 500 samurai residences during the late Edo period. Part of the charm of the Chiran Samurai Residence Complex lies in the stone wall lined paths covered in ivy and other greenery and with sculpted hedges.  The samurai homes and landscaped gardens are one of the main treats of Kagoshima Prefecture.  The Chiran Samurai Residence Complex has been designated as an Important Preservation District of Traditional Buildings by the Japanese government..