Seisonkaku Villa
Seisonkaku Villa
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Helena H
London, UK1,117 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We really enjoyed walking round this house. If you have the day bus pass for tourists you can save 100 yen. They have lockers for your shoes and umbrellas.
Written 29 March 2023
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MoseCeltic
Los Angeles, CA136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Solo
Well worth a visit when In Kenrokuen Garden. A two story traditional house with some unusual finishes with many rooms opening to a lovely garden where the sound of running water cools on a sweltering day.
Written 21 September 2019
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Sarah53187
Dunedin, New Zealand618 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
A beautiful snapshot in time of a historic mansion. Interesting, but not one of my favourite spots in Kanazawa. I visited straight after Kenrokuen and I think that I just loved Kenrokuen so much, that wherever I went next would be a bit dull in comparison. I found the entry fee here a bit steep and I personally preferred the Nomura samurai house.
Written 3 July 2019
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vickiebypass
Stamford, CT238 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
I wanted to see this villa, SeisonKaku, located inside Kenrokuen Garden, which an emperor built for his mother-in-law in 1863. The description said it was very unusual because it has two floors - the first floor is more formal reception rooms and the second floor is family living - plus gardens and it’s the only surviving example of this kind of architecture.

I got a ¥100 discount on admission (one day bus pass, so the bus pass paid for itself at this point). I really enjoyed this place. They were having had an exhibit of 200 Goshi dolls that had been collected by member of the family. Goshi dolls look like little fat Japanese men with bald heads and a fringe of black hair; made of white bisque china; various sizes; and presumably they’re good luck charms. This house was very different from any other houses that I’ve seen so far; rooms are much bigger and ceilings are higher (on the first floor) so it was a very spacious feeling. The mother-in-law‘s area was at the back of the house and she had a big sitting room plus a smaller room which was probably her bedroom, both facing a wonderful garden that was the length of the house and her apartment. As always, there was a wooden porch all around the perimeter and it was built with nightingale floors that kind of sound like little birdies - they squeak when you walk on them, but it’s not just a squeak like old wooden floors often squeak; these were built & calibrated so that the squeaks sound more bird like. There were other rooms on the first floor: an unusually large reception room where the samurai would receive visitors (and his bodyguard stood) plus various other rooms. There was big wooden staircase to the second floor which looked very British – dark wood, thick, swooping bannister, curved steps. There were six or seven rooms and these were a world of difference from the first floor or anything else I’ve seen in Japan! The smaller rooms were painted in very dramatic colors ultra marine, red, purple, and black; they each had different types of ceilings - wicker work, lacquer etc. and again there was a wooden deck all the way around the 2nd floor so that you could walk around the entire floor on the wooden walkway (in the back, the walkway looked over the garden). There were other people in the house but no tours and I was usually alone in each room. This was one of the high points of my visit to Kanazawa.
Written 17 May 2019
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Lee K
Lethbridge, Canada98 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
We have lived in Japan for 3 years now and have seen more than our share of samurai houses. This one is really worth seeing.
Written 16 April 2019
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Alexandra B
98 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
Situated in Kenrokuen garden, this tea house is perfect for enjoying a matcha tea and a small Japanese cookie. The staff was very nice, explained which part of the house was original and which part was redone and encouraged us to take 'many, many, pictures'.
The price of the tea is very modest and it also allows you access to their beautiful interior garden which has a pond covered in lilies.
I recommend this place for those that appreciate the Japanese culture.
Written 4 December 2018
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Dick Z
Bangkok, Thailand3,240 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
When visiting Kenrokuen Gardens it is easy to come by Seisonkaku Villa, and it is worth paying a visit. It was built for the rich, as is clear from size and style. There are nice inside gardens. Photography inside is not allowed.
Written 26 November 2018
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T-SGlobetrotters
Preston, UK2,946 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
The villa situated adjacent to Kenrokuen gardens started off as a retirement home for the mother of Maeda Nariyasu a former ruler. The tour which is unguided follows a set walking route but there is a small English language brochure given out on arrival which explains the key elements of the building and some of the things to look out for. The various decorations on the dividing screens are of particular note downstairs but the whole villa is a superb example of an exceptionally high level of craftsmanship with a 'money no object' ethos. The villa is on two floors and the colour scheme is much more dramatic upstairs.
The other main attraction are two miniature gardens which can be viewed from the veranda of the house. Attention to detail is amazing and sitting down to admire the vista with its trickling streams for a while is very calming.
Admission is by separate ticket not included in garden admission.
Written 26 November 2018
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nobunaga2017
London, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Friends
This is a fairly compact two storey japanese mansion which is now part of the Kenrokuen Garden althought you have to buy a seperate ticket to view. Hightlights are the Garden in the centre of the mansion and the nightingale floor(s)-the upper storey has some fasninating detail on how the mansion was built.
Written 9 November 2018
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orit100
Israel25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
!Recommended if you are interested in Japanese culture
It is hidden toward the back of the Kenrokuen Garden. You can see a beautiful old Japanese villa and a collection of traditional Japanese art owned by a rich family
Written 22 October 2018
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