Tojo Museum of History
■Tojo Museum of History
■Tojo-tei House: a nationally designated Important Cultural Property
■Old Akitake Tokugawa Garden: a nationally designated Site of Scenic Beauty
Tojo-tei House and Garden
In this Meiji Period (1868 to 1912) garden, a grove of umbrella pine trees on the east side and a grove of Japanese varnish trees on the west side are separated by the lawn surface. If you go past the pine forest in the southwest direction, there is one more garden that incorporates an arbor. The lawn surface is the oldest of its style in Japan, developed using Western-style techniques. There is no similar instance of a garden that has adopted the aforementioned two types of tree groves in a single major landscape. Another highlight is the view of the Edogawa River and Mt. Fuji that can be viewed in a westerly direction from Tojo-tei House.
Tojo-tei House was finished in April 1884 after a construction period of approximately two years. It is a wooden two-storey building in a pure Japanese style. Later, Tojo-tei House was extended. There are currently nine buildings connected by corridors with a total of twenty three rooms. While Tojo-tei House is basically in the style of a feudal lord mansion, its scale is significantly smaller and it is possible to see from the floor plan that life here was very different. Although the buildings have been made with abundant use of the best cedar wood, the ornamental features are quietly elegant so as to complement the minimal space. Akitake Tokugawa poured his heart and soul into the surrounding garden so he could sit and enjoy the lovely view from the parlor.