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“Focus on the Residence”

Kyu Iwasaki-tei Teien
Ranked #14 of 496 things to do in Taito
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Although it is advertised as the "garden", the focus is on the residence. The 2 level house was built about 100 years ago by an English architect, and the style is western. Not very commonly found in Japan but should not be very special in England. The place has been well maintained. The decorations inside are not luxurious but quite elegant, with good attention to details. Unlike museum houses in Europe, there are not many old furniture or relics displayed here. Immediately connected to this western house is a Japanese house where the host lived. The western part was for guests. Besides, there is also a separate small chalet style house built for playing billiard. This house is closed to visitors. The garden itself, on the other hand, contains nothing special.

Date of experience: November 2016
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Reviewed 30 November 2016

This house is located near Ueno Park. It's an interesting mixture of Western and Japanese architecture and worth a visit if you are interested in architecture. Allow about 30mins for a visit.

Date of experience: November 2016
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Reviewed 15 November 2016

The third president of Mitsubishi purchased the land that these mansions and gardens situate in 1896. The British architect, Condor was then hired to design a two-story home reminiscent and incorporating both Jacobean Renaissance Revival and Pennsylvanian Estate architecture. Both were successfully accomplished and in doing so contributed to the foreign overview of a civilized society.

Additionally, the grounds behind house a magnificent Japanese mansion where it appears that the Iwasaki family owners actually lived, while leaving the 'European' manor for guests. Of additional special interest is a billiard house constructed in a Swiss cabin like styling adjacent to the dominant estate.

The mixture of architectural style and the quality of such, inclusive of exquisite finishing and attention to detail makes this a most worthwhile destination on any trip to Tokyo.

Date of experience: November 2016
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Reviewed 14 November 2016

While this house might not be so interesting for those used to Jacobean and Victorian architecture, it's an unusual house to find in Tokyo. Formerly the mansion of the Mitsubishi family, the attractive house with porches sits on a large block of land near Ueno Park. One of the most interesting parts is the free-standing billiards room, built like a Swiss Chalet. The main house leads directly into a traditional Japanese house, which is quite surprising. Be aware that you need to take off your shoes to tour the houses and you can't take photos inside. There are some coin lockers at the ticket office for storing large bags and tickets are reasonable. The Japanese house has a small tea room with snacks. You can also bring your own food and drinks to enjoy at tables in the gardens.

Date of experience: November 2016
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Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

The estate was built in 1896 by one of the early leaders of the Mitsubishi company. While only about 1/3 of its original size, the estate is interesting to visit from an architectural perspective because there are 3 distinct building styles right next to each other. And while there is virtually no furniture in any of the homes, one can imagine activities that took place there. There was not any tour but there was a short video that could be played in English after getting some assistance from the docent to make the selection. The rooms had some English description to explain main architectural features but overall was a little limited. What was amazing was seeing the pure size of the place and then comparing it to the Japanese residence attached to it, and then comparing both to the tenement homes displayed in the Shitamachi museum. Cost to enter was 400¥ and we spent just under 2 hours there. Entrance was a little difficult to find because it's on a small street off the main road. Not recommended for small children but was a good place to learn a little more about Japan's history.

Date of experience: July 2016
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