Italian Embassy House Memorial Park

Attraction Japan, 〒321-1661 Tochigi Prefecture, Nikko, 中宮祠2482 Published on: 27-02-2016

1 hours 30 mins
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
09:30 AM
11:00 AM
First-time visit
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Family
Nature
Outdoor
Park
Must see
Kids
1.00 USD

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Italian Embassy Villa in Nikko is now open to the public as a park. After Tochigi prefecture bought it quite recently, the building was repaired and restored.

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Why Italian Embassy House Memorial Park is special ?

Italian Embassy House Memorial Park, designed by American architect Antonin Raymond, the villa was built in 1928. It was used by successive generations of Italian ambassadors and their families as a summering place. The villa was so comfortable and had such a nice view of the lake and mountains that the ambassador’s wife and kids spent much more time there than the ambassador could. He always had to come back to Tokyo much earlier!


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What to explore at Italian Embassy House Memorial Park?

The surrounding landscape

The villa is on the eastern shore of Chuzen-ji Lake—about a 30-minute walk from the Tachiki-kannon Iriguchi (立木観音入口) bus stop. Chuzen-ji Temple is halfway to the villa. As you walk along the trail, Chuzen-ji Lake will always be on your right. You can see some other Embassy villas along the road: French, Belgian, and British. In the old days, people said that in the hot, humid summer, most foreign Embassies escaped from Tokyo to Nikko.

Upon reaching the villa, you feel more comfortable walking among trees. Strolling along the meandering path inside the villa-park grounds, you’ll reach the lakeside. There is a private pier and a wide wooden deck affording a perfect view of the picturesque mountains standing in the distance in front of the villa.

Main villa

The exterior of the building is checkered with Japanese cedar bark. The designer, Raymond, was good at using local materials and he utilized Nikko cedar and bamboo in various ways on the walls. The first floor is a public space, consisting of a dining room, living room and study. A wide veranda facing the lake is the most attractive spot. Leaning back on the sofa, reading books, and sometimes watching the shining lake and drifting clouds must have been an absolute luxury. There are three bedrooms on the second floor. These private spaces must have also been wonderful.

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How to get to Italian Embassy House Memorial Park?

From Tobu Nikko Station, take a bus bound for Chuzenji Onsen and get off at the last stop, and then walk approximately 30 minutes to get to the Italian Embassy House Memorial Park.

Selling points

  • The park around the lake is amazing
  • A glimpse into a bygone age
  • A nice walk in the nature
  • Strolling along the meandering path
  • A nice view of the lake and mountains
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  • As you walk along the trail, Chuzen-ji Lake will always be on your right.
    What to see
  • It is closed on Mondays and December through March.
    Timming
  • There is a private pier and a wide wooden deck affording a perfect view of the picturesque mountains standing in the distance in front of the villa.
    View
  • You can see some other Embassy villas along the road: French, Belgian, and British.
    Things nearby
  • You can lean back on the sofa, read books, and sometimes watch the shining lake.
    Things to do

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The villa is beautifully restored and with the displays and videos shows how enjoyable being a diplomat in pre-war Japan must have been.

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