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Bansuiso, Matsuyama

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Architectural Building · Tourist Spot
Explore the early 20th-century house of Bansuiso. Built by Earl Sadakoto Hisamatsu in a 19th-century French Gothic style, the house was once known for its high society parties, but now serves as a sightseeing destination and venue for various public events. After exploring the ornately decorated rooms, consider paying a little extra to venture to the first floor, where balconies afford fantastic photo opportunities of the grounds, gatehouse, and surrounding area. Be sure to check the listings to see what kind of events are running during your visit. Plan to visit Bansuiso and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Matsuyama attractions using our Matsuyama trip itinerary builder.
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  • The villa is a very handsome building, located just below Matsuyama castle and very close to one of the main streets through town. English signage is minimal inside, but entrance is only ¥300 and the....  more »
  • and a nice garden, a little oasis hidden right in the middle of the city. Tea shop looked like it might be a nice visit later in the mroning.  more »
  • Very outstanding architect in the middle of the forest. This white French style castle is hard to miss even though it’s not a castle. It used to be a house for a very powerful governor who actually was titled in a royal rank. The look of this architect is good enough to attract visitors’ eyes but not recommended to buy a ticket to have a tour inside of it. There is nothing that much to have a look. However when we got there some exhibition was going on the first floor with a theme of gothic. It was pretty interesting to have a look. I guess there’s occasionally this type of free exhibition hosted here.
  • Beautiful view! Interesting historical site
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