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This historic colony site was first settled by Japanese colonists from Aizu Wakamatsu (Fukushima Prefecture) in July 1869. The Wakamatsu Colony site is the first Japanese colony in North America; contains the gravesite of Okei Ito, the first Japanese woman buried on American soil; is the birthplace of the first naturalized Japanese-American; and is the only settlement established by samurai outside of Japan. Volunteer Docents lead both public and private tours which typically last for two hours.

889 Cold Springs Rd, Placerville, CA 95667


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