Only built relatively recent in 1899, it was a summer retreat for 3 emperors before becoming a park in 1947 after World War II.

What park grounds are quite vast and beautiful with gardens and creeks.  However property is only about 1/3 of the original size.  

With 106 rooms, there are corridors that surround and connect the rooms, some secretly.  It costs ¥500 and you could easily spend half a day walking through the rooms, around the gardens and eating ice-cream or soup at the restaurant area of the park.

Closed Tuesdays and If that's a national holiday, it's closed the following Wednesday, too.  Open 9-5pm, winter 9-4pm

Tamozawa Imperial Villa.jpg
Tamozawa Imperial Villa corridor.jpg
Tamozawa Imperial Villa design.jpg

 

My favorite room, the "meditation room" >

Tamozawa Imperial Villa meditation room.jpg
Tamozawa Imperial Villa architecture.jpg

 

the same photograph uploaded to 500px >

Tamozawa Imperial Villa corridor over garden.jpg
Tamozawa Imperial Villa tree.jpg
Tamozawa Imperial Villa passageway.jpg
Tamozawa Imperial Villa passageway door.jpg
Tamozawa Imperial Villa buildings.jpg
Tamozawa Imperial Villa exterior.jpg
maple tree

maple tree

Tamozawa Imperial Villa gardens.jpg
Tamozawa Imperial Villa room architecture.jpg

 

Showa Emperor evacuated to Nikko for a year from 1944 and likely is the one to have the shelters built. >

Air raid shelter

Air raid shelter

 

Located in this memorial park is a nearly 420 year old cherry tree located in the garden of Emperor Taisho. (no photo, yet.)

 

Posted
Authorspacestation
Categoriespark