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Enjoy scenic views in the Former Villa of British Embassy, Oku-Nikko

Lake Chuzenji (中禅寺湖) is a popular resort in all seasons but particularly in summer. We were in Nikko for maple viewing and decided to go to the Italian Embassy Villa Memorial Park. Luckily, we were also able to take a quick look at the Former Villa of British Embassy in Oku-Nikko.

Former Villa of British EmbassyFormer British Villa

It opened in July 2016 and we were delighted to explore the place which used to be the private villa of Sir Ernest Mason Satow, a British diplomat. It was built in 1896, and later served as a villa of the British Embassy until 2010. Six years later it was opened to the public.

Former Villa of British Embassy

Openings times differ depending on the season, so please be careful when you visit!

Former Villa of British Embassy

The view is much better in good weather or at least in the morning or in the daytime.

 Former British VillaFormer British Villa

The two-storey villa is neither too big nor too small. There are many things to see and admire.

Former Villa of British EmbassyFormer Villa of British EmbassyFormer British Villa

There is also a tea room for exhausted travelers. If you come early (not just before closing time), you will be able to drink English tea with scones, enjoy the scenic view, and maybe imagine that you are a British aristocrat eating from expensive crockery. But not from these plates, they are for exhibit only.Former Villa of British Embassy

Personally I liked the second floor because I’ve always dreamt of such a dressing table.

Former Villa of British Embassy

Just take a look at these trinkets with rose decorations. Aren’t they beautiful?

Former Villa of British EmbassyFormer Villa of British Embassy

While in Japan, Ernest Satow had a common-law wife, Kane Takeda and they had three children, two boys and a girl.

Former Villa of British Embassy

Information

Former Villa of British Embassy

Address: Tochigi Prefecture, Nikko City, Chugushi 2482
Access 1: JR Tohoku Shinkansen from Tokyo or Ueno Station, then JR Nikko line – 2 hours (includes 1 transfer at Utsunomiya)
Access 2: Limited Express “Nikko” from Shinjuku –  2 hours
Access 3: Tobu Railway Limited Express “Kegon” from Asakusa – about 2 hours
Entrance fee: 200 yen (a joint ticket to visit British and Italian Villa costs 300 yen)
Phone: 0288-55-0880
Distance from airport: About 172 km from Haneda Airport
Official website: http://www.nikko-nsm.co.jp/

Article by Olga Kaneda

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