British Embassy Villa Memorial Park 英国大使館別荘記念公園 

Experience 19th century Britain here in Nikko!

Experience 19th century Britain here in Nikko!
Experience 19th century Britain here in Nikko!
Experience 19th century Britain here in Nikko!
Experience 19th century Britain here in Nikko!
Experience 19th century Britain here in Nikko!
Experience 19th century Britain here in Nikko!
Experience 19th century Britain here in Nikko!
Experience 19th century Britain here in Nikko!
Experience 19th century Britain here in Nikko!
Experience 19th century Britain here in Nikko!
After 120 years, the former British Embassy Villa opened its doors to the public as the British Embassy Villa Memorial Park on 1 July 2016. Ernest Satow, a British diplomat who contributed Japan’s Meiji Restoration, built a private villa at the south bank of the Lake Chuzenji in 1896. He loved Oku-Nikko, especially Lake Chuzenji as the area reminded him of the natural landscape of his home country. The villa was used as the British Embassy summer residence until 2008 before being donated to Tochigi prefecture in 2010 to be opened to the general public.

In the early years of the villa, Satow’s friend Isabella Bird stayed here for a month and wrote of the impressive landscape of the villa.

The British Embassy Villa Memorial Park presents exhibitions on British culture and the history of Oku-Nikko as an international summer resort. Visitors can lose themselves in this historic setting while enjoying teatime in the villa (additional charges apply) and Satow’s favourite picturesque view of Lake Chuzenji from the spacious veranda on the upper floor.

Please note that the nearby Italian Embassy Villa Memorial Park introduced admission fees from 1 April 2016, to provide better services and information on the nature, history and culture of the international summer resorts.
  • Experience 19th century Britain here in Nikko!
  • Experience 19th century Britain here in Nikko!
  • Experience 19th century Britain here in Nikko!
  • Experience 19th century Britain here in Nikko!
  • Experience 19th century Britain here in Nikko!
  • Experience 19th century Britain here in Nikko!
  • Experience 19th century Britain here in Nikko!
  • Experience 19th century Britain here in Nikko!
  • Experience 19th century Britain here in Nikko!
  • Experience 19th century Britain here in Nikko!

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Basic Information

Address 2482 Chugushi Nikko
Telephone Number 0288-55-0880 (Nikko Natural Science Museum)
Website http://www.nikko-nsm.co.jp/
Business Hours Opening times during 2018: Open during April to November
Open 9am – 5pm (1 May to 10 November), 9am – 4pm (April and 11 November to 30 November)
Closed on Mondays in April, May and November
Price Admission:
Adults 200 yen, Children (4-15 years old) 100 yen
Combination tickets with Italian Embassy Villa Memorial Park:
Adults 300 yen, Children (4-15 years old) 150 yen
DirectionsTake the Tobu bus from JR Nikko station or Tobu Nikko station to Yumoto Onsen or Chuzenji Onsen and alight at the “Chuzenji Onsen” stop. Transfer to the bus for Hangetsusan (a 5-minute ride) to the “Italia, Eikoku Taishikan Besso Kinen Koen Iriguchi” stop and walk 5 minutes.