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[Old Akamatsu Memorial House]

Admire Meiji-esque red-brick architecture, and invaluable cultural property

Vice Admiral Noriyoshi Akamatsu pioneered shipbuilding under the Meiji Government. Old Akamatsu Memorial House is the remains of where he lived after retiring from public service. Built between 1887 and 1900, this red-brick building has many typical features of Japanese architecture in the Meiji period. Only the gate, outer walls, and storehouse remain today, and many of the structures have been designated as cultural properties by Shizuoka Prefecture and Iwata City. Standing within the grounds, Old Akamatsu Memorial House introduces the life of Akamatsu, who traveled to the U.S. at age 19 with Kaishu Katsu and studied shipbuilding in the Netherlands. Cultural properties and donated documents and materials with ties to the Akamatsu family are also on display.
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The gate and gatekeeper's post are beautiful examples of brick architecture built using a brickwork method called French bond. (Both are designated cultural properties of Shizuoka Prefecture.)
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Upper left: The building which was used as a rice granary is now open to the public as an exhibition space. (It is one of Iwata City's designated cultural properties.) Upper right: The storehouse located where the eastern end of the residence once stood is now used as an exhibition space and gallery. Bottom: The library once held over 3,000 books and documents, dating from the early Edo period to the Taisho period. (It is one of Iwata City's designated cultural properties.)
 
Address Mitsuke 3884-10, Iwata City, Shizuoka
Phone +81-538-36-0340 (Japanese only)
Opening hours 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Holidays Every Monday (open if Monday is a holiday or substitute holiday), days following holidays (closed on Tuesday if a holiday falls on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday), December 29th to January 3rd
* Please inquire for details.
Admission fee Free
Access Take the JR Tokaido Main Line from "Kakegawa Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 14 minutes, and alight at "Iwata Station". Take the Entetsu Bus bound for Futamata Yamahigashi or LaLaport Iwata for approx. 11 minutes, alight at "Kawaracho Kita", and walk for approx. 1 minute.
URL Iwata City
https://www.city.iwata.shizuoka.jp/shisetsu_guide/toshokan_bunka/tenji/1003506.html

updated on Sep 30, 2019

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