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Seisonkaku Villa, Kanazawa

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Landmark · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Explore the elegantly decorated interior of Seisonkaku Villa, one of the best examples of the late Edo period samurai house. Surrounded by a garden, the 19th-century villa was built by a lord of the influential Kaga clan for his mother. Notice the delicate ceiling paintings, intricately carved wood panels, and the stained glass imported from Europe. Well-preserved period furnishings, ornate dolls, and kimonos are also on display, but the highlight of the house remains the viewing deck facing the interior garden--the roof that covers it has no supporting pillars allowing unobstructed views of the garden. By using our Kanazawa online route planner, you can arrange your visit to Seisonkaku Villa and other attractions in Kanazawa.
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  • Well worth a visit when In Kenrokuen Garden. A two story traditional house with some unusual finishes with many rooms opening to a lovely garden where the sound of running water cools on a...  more »
  • A beautiful snapshot in time of a historic mansion. Interesting, but not one of my favourite spots in Kanazawa. I visited straight after Kenrokuen and I think that I just loved Kenrokuen so much...  more »
  • The house has some beautiful details. There were two we almost missed. The turtle’s painted on the wainscoting are faded. We are glad we asked where they were. Second, in the raised room where she received visitors, lean over and check out the ceiling. It has beautiful wood panels. You’re going to miss it if you just look at the room and it’s contents. They have seasonal displays. We saw the dolls. We were told grandparents gave dolls to celebrate the birth of little girls. The dolls were handed down over the generations. I wish we saw some of the wardrobe items, dolls just aren’t my thing. It is also interesting to compare this house to the Nomura samurai house a short distance away. I recommend seeing these two back to back. You’ll be amazed at the difference in aristocracy and samurai.
  • This is not to be missed in Kenrokuen, even though it requires 700 yen as the admission. The two floor building is a canonical example of Traditional Japanese residence of noble families. Unfortunately taking photos is not allowed inside. It is really beautiful.

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