Bluff No.234 in the Bluff/Yamate district of Yokohama was built as apartments for foreigners in 1927 after the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake.
Altogether there are four apartments in the two-story property, which is somewhat unusual as houses on The Bluff tended to be single units. The apartments were part of the reconstruction of the area following the earthquake.
The interior of the building has been restored with lovely period furniture, wooden floors and mantle pieces. There is not much English explanation within the property on the wall panel displays.
The property was requisitioned by the US army after World War II and the building was in use as apartments until 1975. The house has been open to the public since 1999.
Bluff No. 234
234-1, Yamate-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, 231-0862
Tel: 045 625 9393
Hours: 9.30am-5pm; July & August 9.30am-6pm; Closed: every 4th Wednesday of the month (open if a national holiday), also closed over the New Year holidays.
Access: The nearest stations are Motomachi-Chukagai Station on the Minatomirai Line and Ishikawacho Station on the JR Keihin Tohoku Negishi Line.
Other attractions in the Yamate/Bluff area of Yokohama include Christ Church, the Yokohama Foreigners' Cemetery, the British House Yokohama, the Museum of Tin Toys and the Yamate Museum of Tennis. The Ehrismann Mansion is just across the street.