Kiuchi Gallery | the Western Style House in Woods
Kiuchi Gallery standing next to Mamasan Guhoji Temple on Konodai Plateau
is a Western-style housing like a hat in fairy tales. It is very kawaii
building built in woods and it seems like that some characters on some
fairy tales will come out from the door of the gallery. Kiuchi Gallery
was fixed and rebuilt a second residence of Jushiro Kiuchi
a politician played active parts from Meiji to Taisho era. This building
remains the Meiji Taisho Style of architecture gives much romantic impression.
Visitors must feel on the living room, library and verandah now used as
the exhibition rooms and the entrance and its porch with nostalgia.
Why don't you visit Kiuchi Gallery?
Ichikawashi Kiuchi Gallery
Ichikawashi Kiuchi Gallery is the second residence of a politician Jushiro
Kiuchi who played active parts from Meiji to Taisho era spent the rest
of his life in it, so it was fixed and rebuilt a part of its Western style
Kiuchi residence is very valuable since it was built in the modern architecture from late Meiji to early Taisho era called half foreign style - across between Japanese and foreign by a representative of the House of Peers Jushiro Kiuchi, it also had a Japanese style house in over 30000 square meters wide land at Konodai plateu in 1914. Though it was too old to preserve, Kiuchi residence was restored with some of old structural members and was given to Ichikawa city in 2004. The tower was first built in woods, but now it was constructed of concrete.
In accordance with the contributors wishes, Ichikawashi Kiuchi Gallery shows its modern style of architecture and opens as a cultural facility.
The area around Ichikawashi Yoshizawa Gallery in Mama Ichikawa-shi, there
are many historical and cultural sites such as Guo Moruo Memorial Park
, Yoshizawa Garden Gallery
, Tekona Reishindo Shrine
, Mama no I well in Kameiin Temple
, Mamasan Guhoji Temple
and Kokubunsan Kokubunji Temple
, visitors could enjoy walking on
Jushiro Kiuchi (1865-1925)
Jushiro Kiuchi was a bureaucrat and a politician from Meiji to Taisho
era in Japan. He was born in Chiyoda-mura Sanmu-gun Chiba-ken in December
10 1865, and he was graduated from Chiba Junior High School at the top
of the school (now Chiba High School) and he studied political science
at Tokyo University, so he aspired to a politician.
In 1880, he was appointed as a probationary councilor of the Cabinet Legislation Bureau, then he successively held various important posts such as the councilor and the commissioner at the Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce. In 1911, he became a representative in the House of Peers in recognition of his achievements. In 1916, he was appointed as the governor of Kyoto prefecture. But he was involved in a graft scandal called 'Butabako Jiken' (suspicion of bribing to the members of the prefectural assembly) and he resigned the post of the governor in 1918. Though he was found innocent in 1920, Jushiro was compelled to quit his political activity.
In January 9th of 1925, Jushiro Kiuchi passed away at his age of 61 in his second residence in Konodai Ichikawa-shi Chiba-ken.
- 4-11-4 Mama Ichikawa-shi Chiba-ken
- Kiuchi Gallery has great accessibilities from both Narita and Haneda International Airport.
- From Narita International Airport, take Keisei-line and get off Ichikawamama Sta or Konodai Sta, take minimally 45 minutes from Narita Airport. And also take JR Sobu-express line, transfer the line at Funabashi to Keisei-line, get off Konodai Sta.
- From Haneda International Airport, take Keikyu-line bound to Narita, and get off Konodai Sta.
- Take 6 minute walk from Konodai Sta.
Landmarks near Kiuchi Gallery
It is famous for the beautiful cherry blossoms and the flamed colored autumnal leaves
Tekona Reishindo Shrine has loved and described in many poems for thousands years
Kokubunji in Ichikawa city is designated as the histric site by the government.
Guo Moruo Memorial Park gives an illusion to us to stray into a town in early Showa era.
Suwada Ruins and the stone tablet inscribed by Guo Moruo are in the park. Cherry blossoms and roses bloom in spring.
The park extending 400m long along the cherry trees.
There are many seasonal flowers brightly blooming in the garden.
A Western-style Building like a hat in fairy tales in woods.
The museums introduce history of the areas around Ichikawa.
It commands a panoramic view of Mt.Fuji behind the skyscrapers in Tokyo.
The areas along the river have many noted spots that people could enjoy history and culture.
The park is the noted scenic spot to see cherry blossoms, roses and colored leaves.