Hotta House

Travel Information

Hotta House (旧堀田邸) was built in 1890 by the last Daimyo of Sakura, Hotta Masatomo. Hotta clan was the Daimyo of Sakura, and this house one of few remaining Daimyo Houses built in Meiji. The house and some of the buildings are registered as the important hisstorical asset of Japan, and the garden is chosen as the view of Chiba. The garden has all seasonable aspects.

Tourist Info.
Admission fee: 310 yen, 150 yen for kids. There is a group discount from 20 people.
There is a parking.

0. at Narita Station.
1. use JR Narita Line to Sakura (14 min.)
2. walk north (20 min.)

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Detailed Travel Guide

Hotta House

The last lord of Sakura clan, Hotta Masatomo, built his new residence and garden in preparation for his moving back to his former fiefdom, Sakura.

The main part of the residence consists of five single-storied (though partly two-storied) wooden buildings with tiled, hipped roofs, which are connected by corridors. They were completed in 1890. Later on, a bathhouse was added in 1911. The main house buildings, the gatekeeper's lodge, and the storehouse - which has thick, fireproof walls to protect valuables from theft and natural disasters - remain in good condition, almost as they were when constructed.

The garden, mostly covered with lawn, has trees such as Japanese red pines and crapemyrtles, rocks for decoration, and stone lanterns in some places. It commands an extensive view of Takasaki River and the highlands across the river.

The residence and the garden were designated as Sakura City Cultural Property and place of scenic beauty on March 26, 1997, and also as Chiba Prefecture Cultural Property and Place of Scenic Beauty on March 30, 2001. Furthermore, the five house buildings, the gatekeeper's lodge, and the storehouse were designated as National Important Cultural Property.