Kyu Asakura House | Daikanyama
Almost overshadowed by the surrounding flashy and upscale Daikanyama neighborhood, Kyu Asakura House is a one-of-a-kind gem in the city and one that everyone visiting or living in Tokyo should see.
Built in 1919 as a private residence of assembly chairman Torajiro Asakura, Kyu Asakura House is now considered an important cultural property by the Japanese government - and we know exactly why. It is one of the only remaining traditional Japanese wooden houses in Tokyo, having survived the bombings of World War II and gives us a glimpse into the lives of the old Japanese elite.
A small but beautifully composed Japanese garden lies adjacent to one side of the building and can be seen from within the traditional tatami rooms on the inside or explored during a short walk on the outside.
The best seasons to visit Kyu Asakura House are obviously spring and autumn (as with any garden in Japan) and we recommend stopping by on your Daikaynama tour, before or after a visit to T-Site.