Meiji-no-Yakata Villa

The elegant neo-Georgian Meiji-no-Yakata Villa was once used in the summer as a second home by FW Horn, a wealthy American, who developed the phonograph industry in Japan. Built in the early 20C, it has a refined interior on two floors with high ceilings and ornaments. A restaurant since 1977, it offers Japanese cuisine with a Western influence (yoshoku), including Tochigi beef filet mignon. With its garden, it is often used as a location for shooting period films.

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Opening hours

restaurant-tea house: 11am-7.30pm (Nov-Mar: 11.30am)

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