Haiku poet Matsuo Basho stayed in this historical castle town, and inns where he stayed and temples he visited still remain. Murakami is also associated with Princess Masako; ancestors of her family, the Owada family, were warriors of the old Murakami clan.
Traditional houses dotted here and there in winding alleys, the ruins of Murakami Castle, and warrior residences still convey the atmosphere of the Edo period. There are unique-style buildings called machiya-zukuri, whose characteristics are a room with irori fireplace, high ceilings, and black and thick beams and posts. Every March, some traditional houses are decorated with hina doll displays and visitors can go inside to view the dolls and other traditional heirlooms.