Tenkyokaku, Inawashiro-machi

Tenkyōkaku is a Western-style French Renaissance style residence built as a summer villa for Prince Arisugawa Takehito located in Inawashiro, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.
In August 1907, while touring the Tohoku region of northern Japan, Prince Arisugawa Takehito visited Lake Inawashiro and was impressed by the scenic beauty of the area. He decided to build a summer villa by the lake, and developed a design for the building himself, with the assistance of local architects and carpenters. The building was completed in August 1908. The building was given its name “Tenkyōkaku“ by Emperor Taisho when he visited as crown prince the following month, based on a Tang dynasty poem by Li Bai, which compared the waters of a lake to the “mirror of heaven”. At the time, Lake Inawashiro could be seen from the windows on the villa.
In 1922, the Tenkyōkaku was transferred to Prince Takamatsu Nobuhito, who had a Japanese-style villa added to the grounds for use by Prince Arisugawa’s widow until her death in 1923. Afterwards, the villa was visited by Emperor Showa while still crown prince, and was the location of his honeymoon in 1924. After World War II, the villa was surrendered by Prince Takamatsu to Fukushima Prefecture.
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  • Visited for the first time in decades. This wooden Western-style building was built as a villa of the former royal family. It is well preserved so as to remind you of the past. The slippers are slippery and are a bit dangerous to climb the stairs. I think it's better not to.
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  • This is the annex of Arisugawa Palace on a hill near Lake Inawashiro. It is a very elegant and wonderful building. It looks compact, but the inside was surprisingly large, and the top floor was an observation room. You can enjoy tea and cake elegantly in the former dining room. It is about 10 minutes by bus from Inawashiro Station, but it is difficult to go up a long slope from the bus stop, and it is only about 30 minutes to the return bus. I ended up calling a taxi on the way back, but it cost me 3,500 yen to the station. Souvenirs from Fukushima...
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  • old second house of the emperors family. now, trees grow tall so that we can not see a view of lake inawashiro from the balcony.
  • In a quiet, nice atmosphere. I think there is the entrance fee is cheap and worth seeing. To order a snack corner not just a resident Clerk had come calling the clerk from admission. I went without eating because it ate the Curry and croquette is too cumbersome. I think whether or not resident, at the very least, Bell is.
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