Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park 日光田母沢御用邸記念公園

Villa Tamozawa

The Tamozawa Villa

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The summer residence of the Japanese Imperial family

In Nikko, not far from the famous temple complexes and shrines is the Tamozawa Imperial Villa and its park. Less popular with visitors, it is thus pleasant to discover in all seasons, for a walk among its 106 rooms...

The villa is now one of the largest wooden buildings in Japan. It bears particular witness to the Meiji period (1868-1912), during which Japan sought to open up to the West. This is why the beginning of the visit can be a little confusing, with the presence of thick carpets, desks, and also a large pool table.

However, the vast majority of rooms have a Japanese aesthetic, with sliding panels, tatami mats, and shôjis. The different rooms are arranged in a row and open onto interior gardens and the large garden of the villa. Many doors are richly decorated.

Villa Tamozawa

Corridors of the villa

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Villa Tamozawa

Rooms of the villa

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Villa Tamozawa

Interior garden of the villa

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Address, timetable & access

  • Address

  • Timetable

    From JR or Tobu Nikko Stations, about 30 min on foot, or 10 min by bus to Yumoto or Chuzenji Onsen, Tamozawa stop
  • Price

    Adult: 510 yen ($5.50/5€)Child: 250 yen ($2.75/2.25€)
  • Access

    Open every day except Tuesday, from April 1 to October 31, from 9 am to 5 pm, and from November 1 to March 31, from 9 am to 4:30 pm.

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