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Kyu Iwasaki-tei Teien

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Address: 1-3-45 Ikenohata, Taito 110-0008, Tokyo Prefecture
Phone Number: 3823-8033
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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A Hidden Gem

We stumbled upon this by accident and deliberated on wether to go in, the helpful English speaking attendant and the low price (400 Yen each) convinced us. You have to take your... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We stumbled upon this by accident and deliberated on wether to go in, the helpful English speaking attendant and the low price (400 Yen each) convinced us. You have to take your shoes off before hand and after the busy nearby Uneo gardens this place is a little haven. Don't expect to be in for a long time but for... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We walked up to the garden planning to visit as we had been to three other Tokyo gardens which we thoroughly enjoyed. It was koyo season and we were hoping for one last venue in Tokyo to see autumn colors. It was December and many leaves were either past prime or down, but we were still hopeful after we had... More 

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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

The entrance fee is 400yen but you can buy a year pass for 4000yen and visit all the nine gardens in Tokyo. We visited the garden on October 1st and it was free. They had a special piano concert live in the evening. Lovely!

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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

My wife and I visited Kyu-Iwasaki Gardens as part of our quest to visit all nine of the Cultural Heritage Gardens of Tokyo. Situated within walking distance of Yushima, Ueno and Okachimachi stations, Kyu-Iwasaki tei in one of the smaller gardens on the list and one of the three donated by the Iwasaki family to the Japanese people (the Iwasaki... More 

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668 attraction reviews
775 helpful votes 775 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Went here as part of visiting all the gardens listed on the Guide to Metropolitan Gardens and was looking forward to it having seen a magnificent picture of the Residence. Actually very disappointed. The area is dominated by a large western style house built by Josiah Condor (a prominent British architect) in 1896. It could be a wonderful experience but... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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175 attraction reviews
461 helpful votes 461 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

We happened to find the manor whilst walking around in the rain and seeking somewhere to hide. The manor was designed by Condor and it is still well preserved from the Meiji Era. One can see some Victorian style in the manor. The billiard room is next to the manor and it represents Swiss cottage style. I enjoyed a tea... More 

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48 attraction reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

Kyu Iwasaki-tei Teien is unexpected on a few levels. Firstly, it's wooden and unlike most other wooden structures in Tokyo, it has managed to survive for more than 100 years! Secondly, the historic, ornate, Western style building seems completely out of place in its setting in the heart of Tokyo, hard up against modern, soulless apartment buildings. Thirdly, it's architectural... More 

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291 attraction reviews
197 helpful votes 197 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

Manor of the founder of Mitsubishi. The house is not Asian in decor, very Westernized but a lovely visit nonetheless. Don't go out of of your way to get there though it is just a house.

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Tokyo, Japan
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103 reviews 103 reviews
68 attraction reviews
269 helpful votes 269 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

I have little to add to the previous great review on this manor near Shinobazu Pond in Ueno. I would have to say that there is really little to see apart from the Condor designed building itself, as the garden is reduced to only a tiny part of the original, most of what was in the building was confiscated by... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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56 reviews 56 reviews
14 attraction reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2011

If I told you that an entire country went from being ruled by a feudal system (Tokugawa rule) to democratic institutions, moved its capital to a completely different city (Kyoto to Tokyo), the citizens decided to switch from wearing traditional dress which had been worn for centuries (kimono, hakama, etc.) to wearing Western style suits, dresses etc., would you believe... More 

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