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Why Diplomats House is special ?
Diplomat’s House is one of the Important Cultural Properties of Japan. The American-Victorian style foreign residence sitting in the Yamate Italian Garden housed the diplomat of the Meiji Government, who served as the New York consul general. The rooms such as the dining room, the reception room, the study, and the bed rooms show the living style of the Meiji period. *There is a resting space overlooking the view of the Yamate Italian Garden.
The house’s owner was Sadatsuchi Uchida (1865-1942), a prominent diplomat during the Meiji and Taisho eras. The house was originally built in Nanpeidai in Tokyo’s Shibuya district in 1910. It was moved to its present location in 1995 after Uchida’s granddaughter, Hisako Miyairi, donated it to the city of Yokohama because she wanted to preserve it. The two-story wooden home now stands in the compound of Yamate Itariayama Teien (Yamate Italian Garden). The house is designated an important cultural property.
What to explore at Diplomats House?
Uchida’s house features an octagonal turret. The first floor hosts two guest rooms, a dinning room and a sun room. The door to the entrance hall has art nouveau stained-glass windows with rose designs.
The house functioned not only as Uchida’s residence but also as an important venue for various international exchanges, making the dinning room the main place for hosting parties for his foreign guests.
Thus, the dinning room carries an air of substance, with lattice-shaped beams on the ceilings, and the fireplace’s walls and tiles are decorated with art nouveau designs that feature curved lines.
The second floor was Uchida’s private space, with bedrooms and a library.
The house was equipped with the latest facilities of the time, with electric lights and gas heaters installed from the very beginning.
How to get to Diplomats House?
It is a five-minute walk from JR Ishikawacho Station on the Keihin-Tohoku Line.
Japan 〒231-0862 神奈川県横浜市 中区山手町16
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I enjoyed visiting the western houses with my friend Hide but there isn't really much to do aside form admire so it wasn't much of an attraction to me. Nice for a short visit but then move on.