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起雲閣 (Kiunkaku)

A historic building that has been loved by many historical cultural figures

After the First World War in 1918, as Japan was outside the range of the war, exports of Japanese merchandise increased and boosted the economy.  At that time, the Imperial Family had a villa in the area.  For this reason, many influential people visited Atami setting up holiday homes.  Kiunkaku is one such villa, built by Nobuya Uchida who made a fortune in shipbuilding.  Built in 1919, it then changed hands in 1947 and became an inn.  Until 1999 it was a well-known inn in Atami among a number of celebrities and famous authors who composed many works there. From 1907, a steam locomotive ran from Atami to Odawara, and in 1934 the Tanna tunnel opened allowing greater transportation access, indeed one of the reasons that people would frequently gather in Atami.
Traditional Japanese-style architecture and walls of the building reflect traditional colours that are often used in Japanese paintings and kimono, here you can feel the beauty of Japan.  The annex is built in a European design and incorporates many other cultures for a gorgeous look.  For example, Chinese-style sculptures, Arabesque patterns seen along the Silk Road, architectural structures seen in Japanese shrines and temples, and many other types of luxurious cultural styles are skilfully used.  The city has adopted a traditional Japanese-style lush green Japanese garden to the extent of not feeling like one is in the city at all. In the garden visitors can enjoy the beauty of Japan’s four seasons, cherry, plum and autumn foliage. During the times when the building was an inn, it had a bar, which has now become a tearoom reminiscent of olden times. Contemplate its history, relax and enjoy the beauty of the gardens.
※English audio guides are available

Neighbourhood Highlights

Basic Information

Address 4-2, Showa-cho, Atami City, Shizuoka
Telephone Number 0557-86-3101
Opening Hours 9:00~17:00(last entry is at 16:30)
Holiday Every Wednesday (closed on national holidays) and at the end of the year
Fee Adults 510 yen(Groups 410 yen)・Junior & high school students 300 yen(groups are 200 yen)and elementary school students are free
AccessFrom JR Atami Station take buses to Ainohara, it will take about 10 minutes→ get off in front of Kiunkaku-mae