The Former Asakura Residence is a historic house that dates back to 1919. The owner of this property was a successful rice merchant and politician named Torajiro Asakura.

The house survived the great Kanto earthquake as well as the bombings over Tokyo during WW2. After Asakura’s death, the house was a meeting place for the Japanese Ministry of the Economy. Then, in 2004 it became an important cultural property and is now open to the public.

Visitors can appreciate both Japanese and Western elements in the well maintained two-story house. The garden surrounding the western part of the house resembles a small forest and offers beautiful seasonal flowers. The former Asakura Residence is the oldest existing residence in this area.