A Tangible Cultural Property blending eclectic Japanese-Western architecture with a Shoin-zukuri Japanese garden.
Yamamoto-tei is a stately residence blending modern Japanese architecture and a pure Japanese garden.
While the residence is a classic modern Japanese house, its formal Japanese drawing room (Zashiki) draws inspiration from traditional styles of architecture, such as Shoin-zukuri or Sukiya-zukuri. The Zashiki is arranged as one with the garden, bearing striking present-day features. These include bright spaces with surrounding windows, removable or sliding room fittings, and lighting fixtures.
To protect this valuable heritage, Katsushika City registered and designated the residence as a Tangible Cultural Property, opening it to the public in 1991.
A must-see feature of Yamamoto-tei is the lush green Shoin-zukuri style garden. Although the property is not large, it is designed to give a sense of depth. This very special environment almost makes you forget that you are in the middle of Tokyo.
For a fee, tea and sweets are also available at Yamamoto-tei. Enjoy matcha, coffee and traditional desserts such as “shiratama zenzai”, a sweet red bean soup served with mochi. Experience an extraordinary moment of time slowing down, far removed from everyday life.
The pure Japanese-style garden and building was completed in the 1920s.
A characteristic is the modern Japanese architectural style using western renovations on top of the elegant Shoin-zukuri style.
The only western room within Yamamoto-tei is “Houou-no-Ma (Phoenix Room)”, and the stained glass windows of the Nagayamon side rooms are also highlights.
Its historical heritage includes not only valuable underground shelter ruins but also a storehouse and tea-ceremony room.
The Shoin-zukuri style garden is even praised by an overseas Japanese garden journal.
The contrasting deep green of the garden and the red carpet laid along the Engawa porch is also beautiful.
While gazing out over the garden, enjoy a relaxing tea time with drinks like matcha, “zenzai” red bean soup, coffee, or “ramune” soda.
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Health and Sanitation Measures
A temperature measurement upon entry.
Alcohol-based hand sanitizing.
Use of face masks.
Filling out an entry form. (a contact method in case of an outbreak)
- Name in Japanese
- Postal Code
- 7-19-32 Shibamata, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo
- Telephone number
- The third Tuesday of the month (closed the following weekday if the third Tuesday falls on a holiday), the third Tuesday through Thursday in December
- Business Hours
- 9:00 am-5:00 pm
100 yen (Free under age 12)
※A 50-yen discount is offered when visiting both Katsushika Shibamata Tora-san Museum and Yamada Yoji Museum
(1) About an 8-minute walk from the Keisei Kanamachi Line’s Shibamata Station
(2) About a 12-minute walk from the Hokuso Line’s Shin-Shibamata Station
- Official Website
- Official Website (Japanese)