Rose Garden of Hatoyama Residence

Former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama’s family is a politicians family.  His grandfather also served as Prime Minister.  His father and brother served as Ministers. Naturally, his residence witnessed post-war Japanese politics which is now a memorial.  This classical western-style architecture is famous for its stained glasses and a rose garden.

Now (early November) is a good time to admire roses.


The original residence was Japanese-style and was built in 1891.  It was refurbished into western-style by Ichiro Hatoyama in 1924.  It was designed by Shinichiro Okada who designed several famous building in that era.  One of them is the building of Meiji Life Insurance Building.


Meiji Life Insurance Building (photo by Wiiii)


It is possible to rent this space to have a party or a reception.  Such a scene may remind you Japan in Taisho era (early 20th century).

Address: 7-1 Otowa 1-chome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10am – 4pm (admission until 3:30pm)
Closed on Mondays (open if it is National Holiday and closed on the next day.)
Admission Fee: Adults 600 yen, 65 yrs and over 500 yen, disabled 400 yen, students (high schools and universities) 400 yen, kids 300 yen

From late November when roses finish, you can enjoy autumn leaves of Japanese maple trees.





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