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YOKISO Facility

Northern premises

■Bangaro

It was developed in 1929 by adding western-style rooms built to Teiji Suzuki's design to a Japanese-style drawing room provided by the Owari Tokugawa family.

Bangaro Photo

■Hakuun Bridge

This corridor bridge is a symbolic structure of the north garden, which is said to imitate the Chitose Bridge bridge in Shugakuin Imperial Villa. Elaborated craftsmanship is observed in the dragon ceiling painting; the hand-carved, white wooden knobs of bridge posts; and so on.

Hakuun Bridge Photo

■Sanshotei

It is the first building erected on the premises of Yokiso by transferring from the Ito family's main residence in Chayamachi (present Marunouchi 2-chome, Nakaku). It is characterized by an oriental-style design displayed in a tea room designed specifically for green tea (as opposed to ground tea) and horizontal pieces of the timber framing made of bamboo.

Sanshotei Photo

■North Garden

It is a strolling pond garden, which is said to imitate Shugakuin Imperial Villa in Kyoto. It is adorned with wild cherry blossoms, fresh green leaves, autumn tints and fallen leaves, which provide exquisite sceneries changing with seasons. Found on the railings of the bridge at the entrance, the staircase of the Hakuun Bridge and spandrel walls of Bangaro are ornamental stone facing using round, decorative pebbles of five colors.

North Garden Photo

Southern premises

■Choshokaku

Built in 1937, it is a reception hall with a mountain lodge-like appearance rendered with its half-timber exterior walls. The rooms of the three-storied building show blends of architectural styles from various countries. The ground floor generally adopts an Indian style and some murals painted by Indian students abroad are left there. (Link to Choshokaku Guide)

Choshokaku Photo

■Yokiso Zashiki

This building originally developed on the premises of Matsuzakaya Main Building facing the Otsu Avenue was transferred here in 1919. Its reddish earthen walls and Cryptomeria bark-faced spandrel walls produce an elegant atmosphere.

Yokiso Zashiki Photo

■South Garden

It is a dry rock garden of a strolling type. Arranged along a promenade going around the remains of a tea garden are various stone structures including Gorinto (pile stone tower), hand wash basins with Budda images carved on four facets and big stone lanterns in addition to a number of superb stones and strange stones. The original, roofed mud wall is still found at the southern end of the premises.

South garden Photo