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Built in 1884, Tojotei was the residence of Tokugawa Akitake (1853-1910), brother of the last Shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu. Tojotei is within the garden-like Tojogaoka History Park that was part of Akitake's estate. It now has the Tojo History Museum displaying Akitake artifacts, plum blossoms, cherry blossoms, lots of azalea, and fall foliage. Short walk from Matsudo Station. Park hours are 9 am to 5 pm, closed Mon. (open if a national holiday) Free admission. Small admission charged by Tojotei and the museum.
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Entrance to Tojogaoka History Park.Akitake was supposed to be the next shogun after Yoshinobu, but the Tokugawa reign and Edo Period ended before his time. Akitake only became the last daimyo of the Mito Clan in Ibaraki. He retired at age 30 and lived the rest of his life at Tojotei, a spacious, Japanese-style residence on a hilltop.
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Early-blooming Kawazu-zakura cherry blossoms. I visited in late Feb. 2016.
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Kawazu-zakura cherry blossoms
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Tojotei
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Plum blossoms and Tojotei
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Plum blossoms and Tojotei
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Red plum blossoms
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Tojotei. We could enter the residence and step out into the lawn. So when you enter Tojotei, take your shoes with you. Shoe bag provided.
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Built in 1884, Tojotei was the residence of Tokugawa Akitake (1853-1910), brother of the last Shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu. Matsudo, Chiba, Prefecture
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View from Tojotei. Tokyo Skytree visible.
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Azalea
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Kura storehouse
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Inside Kura storehouse
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Main room of Tojotei with sweeping views of the lawn outside. Tojotei residence, Matsudo, Chiba.
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They had Hinamatsuri Girls Day dolls decorating the room in late Feb. Tojotei residence, Matsudo, Chiba.
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Hinamatsuri Girls Day dolls
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Hinamatsuri Girls Day dolls
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Transom
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Japanese-style rooms inside Tojotei.
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Sink for the young couple.
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Inner courtyard garden
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Round window at Tojotei
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Bathroom
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Bathroom in Tojotei
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Transom with a butterfly designin Tojotei.
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Urinal and toilet
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A short walk to the plum grove. Plum blossoms were in full bloom in late Feb.
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Plum blossoms at Tojotei in Matsudo, Chiba.
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Tojo History Museum. Small admission charged. Hours: 9:30 am–5 pm, Closed Mon. 戸定歴史館
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Tojo History Museum exhibits Tokugawa Akitake artifacts.
     
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