[Image1]2/16The early-blooming
[Image2]2/16The early-blooming

The early-blooming "Atami Sakura" is over, and the "Oshima Sakura" is in full bloom!
In the seaside park by the sea (next to "Marine Spa Atami"), white cherry blossoms are blooming.

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Feb. 16, 2024
Former Hyuga Family Atami Bettei (Former Hyuga Bettei) Toshibei Hyuga, who was active in Asian trade, completed the construction in 1936 (Showa 11) as a separate residence. The design of the wooden two-story main house is by Hitoshi Watanabe, who is known for his designs for Wako in Ginza, Tokyo, the Tokyo National Museum in Ueno, Tokyo, and the Aichi Prefectural Office. The basement was designed by Bruno Taut, a world-renowned German architect, and is the only surviving architectural work left by Taut in Japan. It consists of three rooms: a social room with plenty of bamboo and paulownia, a Western-style room with a staircase as part of the room, and a Japanese-style room, and is designed with the beauty of Japanese style such as Katsura Imperial Palace and Ise Jingu Shrine in mind. After Mr. Hyuga's death, it was carefully used as a recreation center for a private company, but in 2004 (Heisei 16), when it was facing the danger of demolition, it was acquired by Atami City with a donation from a philanthropist living in Tokyo. In 2006, it was designated as an important cultural property of Japan. More than 80 years have passed since its completion, and there has been an urgent need for repair projects to improve damage and earthquake resistance due to deterioration over time, and a large-scale conservation and repair project was carried out from FY2018 (Heisei 30) to FY2021 (Reiwa 3). In August 2022, it was reopened to the public with as much preservation and reproduction as possible of the condition it was in at the time of construction. * The tour is a complete advance reservation system (online reservation only). For details and reservations, please check the Atami City Office website. Address: 〒413-0005 Shizuoka Prefecture Atami City Kasuga-cho 8-37 Phone number: 0557-86-6232 (Cultural Exchange Office, Lifelong Learning Division, Atami City: Weekdays only) Access: About 10 minutes on foot from JR Atami Station Open: Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays 9:00~17:00 shift system *Online reservation required Price: 1,000 yen for adults, 700 yen for junior high and high school students Parking/None