A house that was constructed at the close of the Taisho era and architecturally changed at the beginning of the Showa era. It is a two-story wooden Japanese-style home that also features a parlor with a stone-built mantelpiece and stained glass in a Western design. The garden enjoys popularity both at home and abroad. It is a registered cultural asset with Katsushika Ward. a historic structure that Tokyo has chosen.
The Yamamoto-tei garden is in the Shoin garden design and has an approximate area of 893 m2. On the list of more than 900 gardens compiled by an American magazine that specializes in Japanese gardens, it consistently comes in at the top. Here, time appears to move at a beautiful pace all of its own.
One of the oldest forms of Japanese architecture is called shoin-zukuri; common elements include shelves set into the wall and skylight windows. The addition of stained glass windows, lighting, and Nagaya-mon, the gate, is an example of a western touch. The two styles are effectively balanced.
The sole western-style space in Yamamoto-tei that offered entertainment for visitors was Phoenix hall. It still exudes charm now and includes stained glass windows. You can see how well a western area fits inside a traditional Japanese home.
Address: 7-19-32 Shibamata, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo (8 minutes by foot from Shibamata Station on the Keisei Kanamachi Line)
Hours of operation: 9:00am-4:30pm (closes at 5:00pm)
Closed: Every third Tuesday, days after public holidays, every third Tuesday to Thursday in December
Note: Open during Golden Week, the Bon holidays, and the year-end and New Year holidays
Cost: Entry fee = 100 yen for high school students or older, free for middle school students or younger/matcha with sweets = 600 yen
Other information: Joint entry ticket with the Katsushika Shibamata Tora-san Museum. 550 yen for adults. Free for those who present a handicapped person identification card and their caretakers
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