Kyu Asakura House旧朝倉家住宅
To those who haven’t visited Japan before, you must have heard of “Daikan-yama”. Daikan-yama is located in Shibuya, Tokyo, very close to Shibuya Station, and it is near Ebisu Station too. It was originally a prestigious residential area; there are many foreign embassies and high end residential units. Now, Daikan-yama has slowly developed into a trendy district. Due to the high number of high-end boutiques, cafés and dessert stores, many tourists would compare it with Aoyama and Omotesando. Besides, the famous “Walking’ Aoyama” and “The lost Omotesando” (popular songs in Hong Kong), Daikan-yama is also one of the famous spots for relaxation!
However, in this trendy district, you can still experience classical Japanese arts. If you are here, you would think you have come to Kyoto town! I am going to introduce you to – Kyu Asakura House!
Kyu Asakura House is designated as an Important Cultural Property in Japan! It was built in Tasho 8s (1919), it was used as a place for Toraijiro Asakura who was once the Chairman for the Parliament of Tokyo and Shibu. It is also one of the rare Japanese-style wooden buildings in Tokyo!
The most beautiful part of this building is the garden! No matter what season it is, it looks like a smallparadise! It is hard to believe that you can find such a classical Japanese-style in the hustle and bustle of modern Tokyo~ (most of the tourist thought they have come to Kyoto when they visited this place)
Even though it is only 5 minutes away from the station, but this is a famous and hidden attraction. Hence, not many tourists knows about it. Besides that, it is highly preserved and it is always kept clean! If you are tired of walking around, this is a good place to relax your mind and body~
If you have a liking towards Japanese-style residence, you will enjoy sitting on the tatami, experience the classic Japanese residence. The local favorite is the view from the corridor and Japanese cedar room (杉の間)! The Japanese are very proud of the picturesque view outside the room. During autumn, you will be able to watch the red leaves too!
If you are visiting this house, you have to take of your shoes. It was used as a residence since the Meiji Period until the Showa Period, hence, in this modern era you will be able to get the homely feeling in here.
The admission fee is only 100円!
If you want to experience the traditional Japanese architecture in a modern city, this is a place you must not miss!
Address：29-20 Sarugakuchō, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō
Business Hour: 10:00～18：00 （November- February only open until 16:30）
Close on: Monday (or one day after Public Holiday), December 29, January,3
Nearest Station: Daikan-yama Station, TokyuToyoko Line (Walking distance 5 minutes)
Admission fees: Adult 100 Yen、High school student / pupils 50 Yen、One year visitor pass 500 Yen
Official Website: http://www.city.shibuya.tokyo.jp/est/asakura.html