History Komaba Park, which has the second largest area in Meguro Ward Park, is the site of the former Maeda family's Marquis Maeda Komaba residence, which was the head of Kaga Hyakumangoku (now Ishikawa and Toyama prefectures).
It was at the beginning of the Showa era that Marquis Maeda set up a mansion here. The site where the Komaba Agricultural School (later the Faculty of Agriculture, Tokyo Imperial University), which has made brilliant achievements in modern agriculture since its establishment in 1891, moved to Hongo, was relocated to the First High School (currently the Faculty of Liberal Arts, the University of Tokyo) and the Tokyo University of Education It was used separately together with (later Tokyo University of Education, Faculty of Agriculture, now University of Tsukuba).
The building is a collection of the best of both Japanese and Western architecture in the early Showa period.The Western-style building with decorative bricks and tiles was completed in 1945, and the Japanese-style building built by Shoin was completed in 1945. A mysterious backyard with famous stones and a lawn plaza were set up. It is said that the Japanese-style building was built for entertaining foreign guests because the Marquis was a military attaché in London.
This graceful mansion, which became a spectacular social gathering place, fell into the hands of private individuals after the death of Marquis Maeda during World War II and was requisitioned by the occupation forces at the end of the war.
The requisition was lifted in October 1957, and most of the site, which was once again owned by the private sector, was used as the official residence of the Allied Commander for 12 years until the government bought it.
The current park was opened by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government as a park in 1967, and was transferred to Meguro Ward in April 1975.
The first floor of the Japanese-style building is currently open to the public, and is equipped with a hall that extends from the entrance to the second room, the first room (front room), a heavy alcove, a difference shelf, a shoin, and a watermark carving between the columns. You can see the beautiful structure as it used to be.
In addition, tea rooms and Japanese-style rooms equipped with a mizuya, donations, and a waiting area can also be used as paid facilities. From the porch, you can enjoy a calm atmosphere with a view of trees such as pine and maple trees, a flowing pond, and a garden where the arrangement of grass and stones is in perfect harmony.
In addition, the former Maeda family main residence Western-style building is open to the public from Wednesday to Sunday, and the Azekura-zukuri-style Museum of Modern Japanese Literature is set up on the north side of the Japanese-style building, where you can browse materials related to modern literature.
On August 7, 2013, buildings such as Western-style buildings and Japanese-style buildings and the land around the area were evaluated as having high value as an expression of the life image of aristocrats in the early Showa period, and are designated as national important cultural properties. It was designated as the "former Maeda family main residence".
Information on opening hours and closed days
9:00 am to 4:30 pm (4 pm in Japanese-style building)
Every Monday, but if Monday is a holiday, the next day.
The year-end and New Year holidays are from December 29th to January 3rd.
Former Maeda Family Main Residence (Japanese-style building) How to use audio guide
There are eight commentary points shown in the figure below, and you can enjoy detailed explanations about the location by reading the QR code set for each commentary point.
Floor plan of the 1st floor of the Japanese-style building
Floor plan of the 2nd floor of the Japanese-style building
Introduction of each information place