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This was the home of the boss of the herring boats in otaru. You'll see pictures of the herring catch that provided the funds to build this home. They allow you to walk the rooms and see belongings of the owner and wife. Ajisai flowers...More
I was impressed by the villa, it made by woods and well decorated with paintings and furniture. It is not allowed to take any pictures inside the villa. Can buy the entrance tickets using vending machine.
Now is the season for peonies, although not in...More
This beautifully constructed house and garden, with some priceless pieces of furniture and art, are well worth seeing. Screens, carved and inlaid wood, and other elements are museum-quality. Little English is spoken but there is a printed pamphlet. The #10 bus in front of the...More
Otaru Kihinkan, Shukutsu 小樽貴賓館(旧青山別邸) The Old Aoyama Villa, a Herring Mansions which was built by one of the wealthiest fishermen in the Taisho Era (1912-1926), it took 6 and half years to completed in 1923.
Worth visited place in Otaru. Fully recommend to come if...More
You can get here on the local bus form the centre of the city or via taxi. This villa is a must see and your senses will be awaken just to see such a beautiful villa, its surrounding gardens and the workmanship that has gone...More
We traveled here in Summer with a group and unfortunately at the time we arrived so did several other large tour groups, so it was a little crowded. However it was still a lovely visit and we were glad to see something so lovely. The...More
Don't bother visiting if you're not Asian. We waited to be attended. The staff ignored us while waiting on and serving others. So blatantly racist toward us. There are so many other places to go where you won't be treated like this.More
Date of experience: July 2016
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美智夫 佐, マネージャー at Otaru Kihinkan, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2018
The Aoyamas made their fortune in the herring business but Masakichi and his daughter Masae had very sophisticated sense of beauty which is reflected in all aspects of the construction, decoration and furnishings of this villa. In addition, it is surrounded by three beautiful gardens...More