Yamamoto-tei has recently been named third place by the Shiosai Project in Sukiya Living Magazine, a highly regarded American magazine dedicated to Japanese gardens and architecture.

The Shiosai Project aims to identify and generate attention for Japan's finest sukiya (traditional tea house-style) spaces that are significant for their peaceful atmosphere and unique beauty, rather than size, age or fame. More than 30 participating international experts rank almost 1,000 of Japan's very best public gardens, including those at inns, restaurants, and historic estates.

-> The Shiosai Project

About Yamamoto-tei

Experience Japanese-Western design harmony and a sense of calm at this internationally acclaimed attraction.

Yamamoto-tei is registered as a Tangible Cultural Property by the Katsushika ward, and attracts visitors from across Japan and the world who come to observe the building’s unique blend of shoin-zukuri and Western-style architecture, and the elegant surrounding garden. The building is the former residence of Tokyo businessman Einosuke Yamamoto, founder of camera parts manufacturer, Yamamoto Plant. Yamamoto moved to the area after the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, and renovated the building from 1926-1930. The building was used for four generations before being acquired by Katsushika Ward in 1986, and opened to the public in 1991.

The wooden two-story structure of Yamamoto-tei has an area of 400m2 on the first floor and 50m2 on the second, and features a living room, Nagaya-mon gate, warehouse, tea ceremony room and drawing room. The living room displays characteristic shoin design elements such as chigaidana (set of staggered shelves) and akarishoji (paper screen doors for admitting light). The area opens out onto the garden, and is now used as a tea house where visitors can drink matcha while marveling at the lush greenery. The Nagaya-mon gate blends traditional Japanese architecture with distinctly Western accents in its the interior and exterior design. The drawing room is the sole Western-style room, designed in the popular Taisho-Roman style of the time.

The garden of Yamamoto-tei is a typical shoin garden, a design which prioritizes the view of the garden as seen by an observer inside the building. It comprises around 400 shrubs and trees, a pond, and waterfall to the back of the garden - the sound of which provides a sense of depth to the garden. In 2016, Yamamoto-tei’s garden was ranked third in the annual Shiosai Ranking, a project coordinated by respected USA-based Japanese Garden magazine, Sukiya Living. The Shosai Project evaluates and ranks over 900 nationwide public gardens to provide recognition not based on size, age or fame, but on the beauty and tranquility of the spaces. Yamamoto-tei has been ranked within the top 10 since 2003.

About Yamamoto-tei
About Yamamoto-tei
About Yamamoto-tei

Floor guide

Floor guide
ENTRANCE
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Main garden

A quintessential Shoin-style garden, viewers can observe the...-> Readmore

Main Garden
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Nagaya-mon gate

This unique gate combines a typical Nagaya-mon gate...-> Readmore

Nagaya-mon gate
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Original entrance

When Yamamoto-tei was used as a residence, visitors would...-> Readmore

Original entrance
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Drawing room

This is the sole Western-style room in the building. The marquetry...-> Readmore

Drawing room
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Living room

Designed in traditional shoin-zukuri style, this is an elegant, peaceful...-> Readmore

Living room
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Warehouse

The warehouse is a two-story structure that was used to store...-> Readmore

Warehouse
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Tea ceremony room

This is an authentic tea ceremony room, complete with a nigiriguchi...-> Readmore

Tea ceremony room
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Information

General access information for Yamamoto-tei building and garden.

Admission Fees 100 yen per person
Free entry for junior high school students and younger; disabled persons and their carer.
* A selection of beverages and small snacks may be purchased (at the entrance) to be enjoyed in the tearoom.
* Those also visiting Tora-san Museum and Yamada Yoji Museum can purchase a ticket set, with a 50 yen discount. This is valid for the same day only.

General : 600 -> 550 yen
Seniors & groups of 10 or more : 500 -> 450 yen
Hours From 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Closed Every third Tuesday; third Tuesday - Thursday in December. Open during year-end holidays.
Disabled access The entrance is fitted with a sloped path, providing wheelchair access into the building.
Parking Yamamoto-tei does not have its own parking lot, so please use the parking area by the Edogawa River (payment required).
Additional notes * Visitors may not bring in any food and drinks.
* Smoking is prohibited.
* Sales activity of any form is prohibited.
* Pets may not be brought into the building.

Access

Access
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To reach Yamamoto-tei, it takes approximately 8 minutes by foot from Keisei Shibamata Station (JR Joban Line). From the Taishakuten-mae (Shibamata Taishakuten Temple) bus stops (for both the buses bound for Kanamachi and for Koiwa) it takes approximately 7 minutes.

By train

By train

From Shibamata Station (Keisei-Kanamachi Line), it takes around 8 minutes by foot to Yamamoto-tei.
-> Click here to view timetable (Keisei Line homepage)

Keisei Line
Keisei Line
Keisei Shibamata station
Keisei Shibamata station

By Local Bus

By Local Bus

From Kanamachi Station (JR/Keisei lines) take the Keisei Bus bound for JR Koiwa Station. Get off at Taishakuten-mae (Shibamata Taishakuten Temple) - the journey takes approximately 4 minutes.
From JR Koiwa Station (JR/Keisei lines) take the Keisei Bus bound for "Kanamachi Station". Get off at Taishakuten-mae (Shibamata Taishakuten Temple) - the journey takes approximately 14 minutes.

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Bus for Koganemachi Station
Bus for Koganemachi Station
Bus stop for Koganemachi Station
Bus stop for Koganemachi Station
Bus for Koiwa Station
Bus for Koiwa Station
Bus stop for Koganemachi Station
Bus stop for Koganemachi Station

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