A Visit to Tamozawa Imperial Villa

Traditional Japanese residence and garden in Nikko

By Ekaterina Bespyatova   Apr 16, 2018

I’ve been to Nikko many times but somehow never got around to visiting the Tamozawa Imperial Villa before. It turned out to be well worth a visit. The place has a quiet atmosphere and nice garden, and the residence itself is impressive. In fact, it’s one of the largest of its kind in Japan.

This time I drove, but I think it’s walkable in about twenty minutes from the Tōshō-gū area. There's also a bus stop nearby, but if you're visiting in high season and want to continue afterwards to Lake Chūzenji, you're risking not being able to get on that same bus again (it will be packed with people, especially on a weekend). So, I'd recommend to either have your own wheels or make it just a trip to central Nikko without going up the Irohazaka road to the mountains. There are plenty of things to see and do around the Tamozawa Villa to occupy you for a full day.

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Elizabeth Scally 3 months ago

It’s so close to Shinkyo. I had no idea.

Your photos capture the stateliness of the villa.
Shunichi Koyama 4 months ago
I agree! I thought my visit to this villa was worth while after a visit to Toshogu Shrine.

A walk from/to the Toshogu Shrine and visit to the Tamozawa Imperial Villa and Italian Villa Memorial Park will make your trip to Nikko special.
Ekaterina Bespyatova Photographer 4 months ago
I haven't been to Italian Villa yet. So many things to see in Nikko 🙂