Former Iwasaki Residence Garden [Tokyo]


It was built as the main residence of Hisaya Iwasaki, the eldest son of Yataro Iwasaki, the founder and first president of Mitsubishi, and the third president of Mitsubishi. The two-story Western-style wooden building with a basement was designed by Josiah Conder, an Englishman famous for designing the Rokumeikan, and is a National Important Cultural Property. (Mr. Josiah Condor was an English architect who loved Japan and married a Japanese woman.) Today, the site is one-third the size of the original building, and only the Western-style building, the billiards room, and the Japanese-style building remain.

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Walking up the carriage road, you will arrive at the exotic-looking Iwasaki Residence. The exterior of the house is elegant yet powerful with a unique, exotic atmosphere. The delicate design, which is not found in many Western buildings built around the same time, gives the house an atmosphere as it was in bygone days.

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The billiard room, designed by Condor, is a wooden building in the style of a Swiss hut, which was very rare in Japan at that time, and is connected to the Western-style building by an underground passageway.

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The vast garden, which partly follows the style of the Daimyo garden, is considered to be a combination of Japanese and Western style as well as architectural style, and retains the early form of a modern garden with a “lawn garden”.

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The interior of the building, which seems to have had the purpose of hosting important guests like a guest house, seems to be in the cutting-edge style of the 29th year of Meiji era, and is a reminder of that era and culture. Gorgeous western-style building designed by Condor. The wallpaper and ceilings are meticulously detailed, every single thing is beautiful and gorgeous. The furniture, heaters, and lighting were also well designed.

The Japanese-style building is the residence of the Iwasaki family, and although it has shrunk in size, the wide tatami corridors, ship-bottomed ceilings, large alcove, and sliding door paintings are all ingenious ways to maintain the atmosphere of the time when European-style Western-style buildings were built in tandem with the modernization of Japan. A café is also open in the Japanese-style building, where visitors can take a break while enjoying the view of the garden.

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【Nearby attractions】

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Manager’s comment.

It is a place where you can enjoy both the Western-style and Japanese-style buildings of the Zaibatsu family at the same time. It is a short walk from Shinobazu Pond in Ueno Park, so it is a good place to stop by if you are in the neighborhood. However, there is no air conditioning, so it is best to avoid visiting in mid-summer or mid-winter.

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Former Iwasaki Residence Garden

3-45, Ikenohata 1-chome, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0008, Japan

※Admission fee is 400 yen and cashless payment is accepted.

※There is no parking.

3 minutes walk from Yushima Station (C13) on Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line

Approximately 15 minutes walk from Ueno Station

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