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Yamamoto-tei

A Tangible Cultural Property blending eclectic Japanese-Western architecture with a Shoin-zukuri Japanese garden.

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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.

Highlights

  • 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.

Photos

  • The entrance, coming from Taishakuten

    The entrance, coming from Taishakuten

  • Nagayamon (A gate at the Katsushika Shibamata Tora-san Museum side)

    Nagayamon (A gate at the Katsushika Shibamata Tora-san Museum side)

  • Beautiful stained-glass windows of the rooms at either side of Nagayamon

    Beautiful stained-glass windows of the rooms at either side of Nagayamon

  • The only western room within Yamamoto-tei, “Houou-no-Ma (Phoenix Room)”

    The only western room within Yamamoto-tei, “Houou-no-Ma (Phoenix Room)”

  • The view of the garden from inside the residence

    The view of the garden from inside the residence

  • The beautiful contrast between the red carpet and the green garden

    The beautiful contrast between the red carpet and the green garden

  • The main garden with the pleasant sound of a waterfall in the background

    The main garden with the pleasant sound of a waterfall in the background

  • The table layout takes social distancing into consideration

    The table layout takes social distancing into consideration

  • The signature “matcha” to be enjoyed while gazing upon the beautiful garden

    The signature “matcha” to be enjoyed while gazing upon the beautiful garden

Reviews

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  • 羅曉芬

    點一杯冷飲配上日式小茶點,靜靜的座著欣賞和室庭園優美景色,感覺世界上的一切是如此的美好

  • Rise

    因为买了和寅次郎纪念馆,山田洋次纪念馆的套票所以就进来看看。没想到在充满下町风情的老街上还有这么一座美丽的日式庭院。和风建筑中巧妙地融入西洋的建筑特征,觉得是一种带有时髦风范的日式庭院建筑。在日式庭院里我最喜欢的就是那种古朴而又典雅的大红色调和绿意的对照,铺在游廊里的红地毯和周围的绿色相映相衬非常漂亮。

  • 周秀貴

    「山本亭」就在寅次郎記念館的隔壁,從題經寺走路5分鐘就可以到達,建築本身除了融合了傳統日式和西洋建築風格是百年的和洋風建築,庭園中央的有六間花、月、星、風、雪、鳥和室其中最具代表西洋風格的就是鳳凰之間,坐在榻榻米上欣賞著日式庭園看著池塘、流水,樹木⋯⋯好像一幅巨型的山水畫,身心靈都沉澱了起來

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Health and Sanitation Measures

  • A temperature measurement upon entry.

  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizing.

  • Use of face masks.

  • Social distancing.

  • Filling out an entry form. (a contact method in case of an outbreak)

Details

Name in Japanese
山本亭
Postal Code
125-0052
Address
7-19-32 Shibamata, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo
Telephone number
03-3657-8577
Closed
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
Admission
100 yen (Free under age 12)
※A 50-yen discount is offered when visiting both Katsushika Shibamata Tora-san Museum and Yamada Yoji Museum
Access
(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
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