The Shumokukan is a mixed Japanese and European style residence built in 1926 by Tamesaburo Imoto, a wealthy pottery and porcelain trader. The residence contains a western-style building, a Japanese-style building, a storehouse, a tea ceremony room and a lovely garden.
The large tatami rooms are particularly charming and look out on to the spacious garden and the two-and-a-half tatami mat tea house. The western-style parts of the residence also have some interesting Taisho-era stained glass, which seems to have been very much en vogue at the time. The picture of the owner of the house riding an ostrich in the USA was rather fun, too!
The Shumokukan is located on Nagoya's "Cultural Path" which runs from Nagoya Castle to Tokugawa Art Gallery and Tokugawa-en. Places of interest on on the Cultural Path include Nagoya City Hall, the Hori Art Museum, Nagoya City Archives, the Aichi Prefectural Building, the Futaba Museum, the former house of actress Sadayakko Kawakami and industrialist Momosuke Fukuzawa, the Chikaramachi Catholic Church, the former residence of Sasuke Toyoda, Kenchuji Temple, the residence of Tetsujiro Haruta and the Nagoya Ceramics Hall.
The Cultural path runs through a residential district home to the rich and powerful of Meiji and Taisho-era Nagoya including the Toyoda family who founded the present-day Toyota car company, artists, merchants, bankers and writers.
Tel: 052 939 2850
Hours: 10am-5pm; closed Mondays
Admission: 200 yen
Shumokukan is a 10-minute walk north of Takaoka Station on the Sakuradori Line of the Nagoya subway, a 3-minute walk from the Bunka no Michi Futabakan stop of the Meguru tourist Loop bus, 12 minutes from Amagasaka Station on the Meitetsu Seto Line, and also a short walk from Shimizu-guchi bus stop on the route of Key Route Bus #2.
Google map of Shumokukan
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