A Building Constructed in the French Neo-Renaissance Style.
Famous Location, National Important Cultural Property
Bansuiso was built as a villa by earl Hisamatsu Sadakoto in 1922, a descendant of the former Matsuyama feudal lord. It was built in the French Neo-Renaissance style thanks to Sadakoto’s experience living in France as a military officer in the army.
The architectural design was made by Shichiro Kigo, who worked on many stunning buildings of the time. In order to meet the expectations of the earl, who had a personal passion for France, Kigo visited Europe for several months to study Western-style architecture. The villa’s design, structure, furnishings, and decorations were all set up using top-class products, resulting in a beautiful French-style building that would surprise even Europeans.
It is the oldest reinforced concrete building in Ehime Prefecture, featuring 1 basement floor and 3 floors above ground. It has also been designated by a Tangible Cultural Property by Ehime Prefecture, and as a National Important Cultural Property, as it has retained its original appearance since the time it was built, surviving through World War II without damage.
Not only is the architecture of Bansuiso extremely high in artistic value in and of itself, but it also often hosts exhibitions of paintings, hanging scrolls, and traditional arts, as well as various events, so be sure to check those out as well!
A building constructed in French Neo-Renaissance style.
The building has retained its original appearance since it was built, surviving through WWII without damage.
Designated as a Tangible Cultural Property by Ehime Prefecture, as well as a National Important Cultural Property.
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- Name in Japanese
- Postal Code
- 3-3-7 Ichibancho, Matsuyama City, Ehime
Adults 300 yen, children 100 yen
※Please see official website for details.
Mondays (open on public holidays)
※Subject to change. Please see official website for details.
- Business Hours
9:00 am-6:00 pm
※Subject to change depending on events.
- 5 min walk from Okaido station, using the Iyotetsu line
- Official Website
- Official Website (English)