Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, Nikko

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Visit Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park to see a stupendous architectural feat, which was the residence of three Japanese emperors. The restored palace, whose history dates as far back as the early 17th century, consists of 106 rooms. As it housed three emperors, its architectural influences date back to three different periods, being Taisho, Meiji, and Edo. Here you can take a peaceful stroll around the surrounding garden, which features a 400-year-old tree. Make Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park part of your personalized Nikko itinerary using our Nikko tour itinerary planning site .
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  • The street-side view of the villa fails to convey the magnificence of the property. For anyone who appreciates Japanese culture and history, this is a "must" while visiting Nikko.  more »
  • December I visited at the beginning. Looking for a well coming into the sunlight, too repeat the famous and still haven't, decided here. Admission is taken is pretty impressive. Seasonal garden landscape and buildings of beauty is breathtaking. It is the one I visited during cherry blossom season.
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  • Closes too early for those coming from outside. Externally it will look cute. Wooden structure where the Emperor lived. If you want to visit go early before 16.00.
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  • Beautiful and quiet place, a must see in Nikko. It might be a bit now crowded in spring since there's a huge Sakura tree, I've been there in Summer and Autumn and both times enjoyed it a lot. The building is really well conserved, they used traditional techniques to keep it as it was when it was built. The gardens are very beautiful too, and quite big. In total it will take from 2 to 3 hours to see everything if you take your time. They also have a small gift shop and guess in different languages. This is the perfect place to visit on a rainy day!
  • Beautifully preserved former imperial residence, with different architectural periods for different wings of the residence. Carpeted walkways and a good place to visit if windy or rainy. Landscape gardens are beautiful though small, and are lovely to meander in on an autumn morning, away from the crowded shrines and temples nearby. Entry fee required and covers both the residence and gardens. Parking is available opposite, and a souvenir shop and tea shop are also located next to the washroom outside of the residence
  • A good visit if you have time, though the villa can be a little bland in areas. Nice garden.
  • Beautiful Japanese architecture. The staff were friendly and informative, and there also was an informative video at the beginning explaining the history of the villa with english subtitles (Excellent!).
  • This place was beautiful, it was still quite cold at the end of winter/ start of spring. The garden was still really pretty and overall a lovely experience. The staff were friendly, and the man that showed us in was so excited to show us around outside

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