Built in 1884, Tojo-tei is a former residence of TOKUGAWA Akitake, who was a brother of the last Shogun TOKUGAWA Yoshinobu. Akitake was supposed to be the shogun after Yoshinobu retired, however, Edo-era did not last by the time. The story is that Akitake, at the age 13, went to France to attend Paris Exposition held in 1867 as the representative of the Shogun. Meanwhile, Edo-era was over. Instead of being the last Shogun, Akitake became the last lord of the Mito clan, but retired at the edge of 30 and lived the rest of his days in this residence Tojo-tei, named after the location Tojo.
This wooden house has designed in styles of Japanese architecture established in both Edo/Meiji period. Though the interior inside is so simple, the building itself was made with only precious architectural materials. This house had no damages even after large earthquakes in the past.
The minimalism or simplicity chic present in this structure is the feature of traditional Japanese architecture, creates a form of beauty. The garden behind the house is also an important element as it was designed so that seasonal followers can be enjoyed viewing from rooms.
Recently, visiting old Japanese houses is getting popular among Japanese, both young and old alike. If you go Tojo-tei or these types of places, it will be better to visit in the morning before getting crowded, so that you can enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, would be like Zen world.
Tojo-tei 戸定邸 at Tojogaoka History Park
9:30AM – 4:30PM
The garden opens at 9:00AM
Mondays (closed on Tuesday if Monday is a public holiday).
New Year's holidays (28.Dec 28 to 4.Jan )
[Admission Fees ]
250 JP Yen for Adults
320 JP Yen for Adults (For Tojo-tei and Tojo Museum of History)
Location / Gettig there by train
From Ueno station to Matsudo station
21 min. by JR Joban-sen Kaisoku Line
From Nippori station to Matsudo station
18 min. by . by JR Joban-sen Kaisoku Line
From Keisei Tsudanuma station to Matsudo station
44 min.. by Shin-keisei Line
From Matsudo station to Tojo-tei
About 10-min walk from the East Exit of Matsudo station.
http://www.dream-flower.com/ (In Japanese)
Tojo-tei (Matsudo city's official website)