Nagahama’s Ando House closes

On March 31, 2008, the Ando House 北国街道 安藤家, a Japanese-style house built in 1905, was closed in central Nagahama.

The house was rented from the Ando family by the city of Nagahama and operated as a tourist attraction for 10 years until it was closed. The city could not recoup the annual expense of over 7 million yen and was operating the house in the red. The city decided not to renew the lease. The Ando family was one of the local administrators of Nagahama while Toyotomi Hideyoshi was the Nagahama Castle lord.

Update: The Ando House reopened in April 2012.