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Kyu Iwasaki-tei Teien, Taito

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Observe unique combinations of Western-styled architecture and picturesque Japanese gardens at Kyu Iwasaki-tei Teien. Constructed by the founder of Mitsubishi's son, the property was seized after World War II; since then, it has lost most of its buildings, and now stands at half its original size. Don't let this put you off, however: the remaining historical structures, unusual in their composition, make the visit worthwhile. Inspect a heady combination of 17th-century Jacobean design and Islamic Renaissance patterns in the main house--a building also circumnavigated by a veranda, and furnished with a colonnade straight out of Appalachian America. Pause for some green tea, served inside the house, and take in your surroundings. Use our Tokyo itinerary maker to visit Kyu Iwasaki-tei Teien on your trip to Tokyo, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • 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 fami...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
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  • Beautiful architecture, but there's an admission fee, and they don't allow you to take photos inside the building.
  • Antique old building which built in the ancient Japan in 18xx, art combine western and Japanese. Definitely worth to go in if u like architecture, building and history. The place close at 5pm, but last entrance will be at 4.30pm.
  • I attended a live classical music concert in the garden, the background was the main building, such a beautiful experience.
  • I loved going here. The building's architecture is an amazing thing to see in the middle of Ueno. One moment it feels like you're walking through a luxurious plantation house in the American south, and the next moment you're in the most exquisite traditional Japanese room.
  • Great historical asset used to be owned by Iwasaki clan, but now Tokyo government.