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Kyu Iwasaki-tei Teien

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Ochanomizu / Akihabara / Kanda
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Address: 1-3-45 Ikenohata, Taito 110-0008, Tokyo Prefecture
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Focus on the Residence

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... read more

Reviewed 4 December 2016
Yan C
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Hong Kong, China
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New York City, New York
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89 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2016

This is a fascinating example of Meiji "western-style" architecture. The house was designed by British architect Josiah Condor for the Mitsubishi corp family. It was used as a guest house and the family lived in the attached Japanese house. The architecture exemplifies Japan in a moment of experimentation in building design, techniques and materials. The red brick basement was layed... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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161 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2016

Interesting architectural mixture between western and japanese architectures. Unfortunately not much left from the original residential complex of the founders of the Mitsubishi financial empire. The western building and the billiard room are still there (though partially under refurbishment in December 2016). Suggested for a special sight in Tokyo, but nothing special, since the site extension is quite limited. Limited... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
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... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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113 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 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.

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Vancouver, B.C.
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488 reviews
96 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 681 helpful votes
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... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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... More 

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Shanghai, China
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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... More 

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Reviewed 23 April 2016 via mobile

It's a very pleasant visit and it gives an interesting glimpse on how very rich families were living during the Meiji era. The architecture has lots of international influence, European and middle eastern, while keeping a Japanese side to it. The wall papers made of leather are quite unique too. Events are often organized in the garden.

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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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63 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2015

Being a resident of Tokyo for over a decade, I have been caught up in the fast pace of city life. So, I have decided to slow down, take in & share my views of the beautiful history, culture, customs, food & nature this concrete jungle has to offer. If you expect to see a beautiful landscaped garden like Hama-rikyu,... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2015

This is a somewhat interesting stop in that you can see the architectural manifestation of the struggle between Japan's desire to keep her proud culture and to also connect with the West in the second half of the 19th century. The building is a pretty common one for a wealthy merchant of the times - it is remarkable in that... More 

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Ochanomizu / Akihabara / Kanda
Ochanomizu boasts its academic foundations starting with Yushima Seido, the birthplace of modern day Japanese education. The area has kept its college town feel with several university campuses. If you head towards Jinbocho, you'll find musical instrument and sports equipment shops, and an area of used bookstores for students and anyone interested in literature and the arts. Akihabara is well-known for its computer and electronic goods stores, and is now hugely popular as the must-visit mecca for people interested in anime and games. Kanda is an office district where you can find loads of reasonably priced izakayas popular with professionals who stop to eat and drink before making their way home.
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