9am - 5pm; closed on the 4th Monday of each month.
100 yen for entry; tea and sweets are extra.
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This beautiful garden is the fomer residence of Yamamoto Einosuke. The sukiya-style home and surrounding garden were opened to the public in 1991. It is run as a sort of informal tea house. Visitors have the run of the house. Green tea and sweets are served by women periodically moving through the house. The site is not primarily a tourist destination and members of the local community frequently come here to hang out.
The garden is a 20th century work. Yamamoto moved here in 1923 after the Great Kanto Earthquake destroyed his Asakusa home. The house, kura warehouse and gate were already in place. He renovated the house and added a Western-style room inn 1930. Modern amenities such as bathrooms and kitchen were added later. The garden wraps around the entire house and includes a koi pond, grassy lawn, karikomi clipped shrubs and two small tsubo-niwa gardens. The entire garden is enclosed by a wood fence.
Yamamoto-tei is a short, 10 minute walk from Shibamata station on the Keisei line.
Departed the prince --
Vanished the smoke
Lonely the beach
Along its length.
Ura sabishiku mo
Mie wataru ka na.
Ki no Tsurayuki (866-946) Kokin wakashû trans. by M.V. Otake