MATSUYASHIKI

Welcome to MATSUYASHIKI !

MATSUYASHIKI is a private villa and garden in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, less than 2 hours by train from Tokyo to the north. Conveniently located near the World Heritage sites Toshogu Shrine, Futarasan Shrine and Rinnoji Temple, Matsuyashiki offers access to the best of tourist destinations in Nikko, as well as, the seclusion of a private garden.
MATSUYASHIKI provides magnificent landscapes and quiet surroundings. You can find plum blossoms, cherry blossoms, azaleas in spring, fresh greens in early summer and deep greens in late summer. The best and the most beautiful season of MATSUYASHIKI arrives in autumn when the maples turn red throughout the garden.
In any season, you will always enjoy the twittering of birds, gentle breezes, sounds of flowing waterfalls into the pond, and occasionally, some wild deer playing about.
MATSUYASHIKI has been preserved as a private property for nearly 100 years.
In November 2015, the villa was completed its remodeling works and the garden was reopened.

About MATSUYASHIKI

MATSUYASHIKI and Kanaya Family

This property, about 33,000 square meters, is called “MATSUYASHIKI.”
MATSU means pine tree in Japanese. With more than 150 Japanese red pine trees on the premises, this is the reason why this property is called MATSUYASHIKI . When the villa was added, YASHIKI, which means residence, was added too.
The story begins from the very beginning of Meiji era (1873).
Nikko had been appreciated by foreigners as resort due to its beautiful natural environment and historical heritage. Zen-ichiro Kanaya, a member of Gagaku (old Japanese court music) orchestra of Toshogu Shrine at that time, volunteered his private house as an accommodation for foreigners visiting Nikko.
Dr. James C. Hepburn, American physician and Christian missionary to Japan, who stayed several times at Kanaya’s house, recommended Zen-ichiro open a hotel for foreigners. This is the beginning of Kanaya Hotel. This lodge was called “Kanaya Cottage Inn” which is now open to public as “Kanaya History Museum” where it was.
In 1893, Zen-ichiro opened “Nikko Kanaya Hotel”, expanded to 2stories 30rooms building, where it is now. Kanaya Hotel has been in operation ever since.
Kanaya Hotel’s management passed from Zen-ichiro to his eldest son Shin-ichi.
The second son, Shozo Yamaguchi, became a director of the Fujiya Hotel in Hakone as son in law of the founder. Zen-ichiro’s eldest daughter Tama also managed Kinugawa Onsen Hotel (Nikko-Kinugawa area) with her husband Masanari. There is no doubt that hotel business is a vocation of Kanaya Family.
Shin-ichi Kanaya, 2nd representative director of Kanaya Hotel, had 2 daughters.
The eldest daughter Hanako was married with Masao (Kanaya) who became 3rd representative director of the Hotel later. However, Shin-ichi was always concerned about his second daughter Yukiko whose health was delicate. Shin-ichi and his younger brother Shozo Yamaguchi owned a property at Hangakimen not far from the Hotel. Shin-ichi moved an old Japanese house onto the Hangakimen property and made it Yukiko’s rest home. This is MATSUYASHIKI.
While MATSUYASHIKI is not far from Kanaya Hotel, the climate and natural environment aided a dramatic recovery of Yukiko’s health. She even started engaging with a dairy business and producing fresh milk for a while using the Kanaya brand.
Yukiko passed away at the age of 60.
After Yukiko Kanaya, landlady of MATSUYASHIKI, the property went vacant for a long time. To refresh and maintain this beautiful landscape and natural environment, Masumi Muratsu (grand-daughter of Shozo Yamaguchi) started maintenance and reinvigoration of the garden, repair of the pond and its source water stream. By these works the garden was recovered little by little and became fresh. Finally, in November 2015, the house (villa) has been remodeled to maintain its historic appearance.

Hydroelectric Power Plant Site

This private hydroelectric power plant was in operation between 1909 - 1950.
Generator was from Siemens AG in Germany.
Electricity was supplied for Kanaya Hotel.

Visit the Garden

Days and hours open to the public
Only 4th Saturday and next Sunday from April to November
10:00~16:00 (Last entry:15:30)

Visiting days of 2017

  • 4/22 (Sat) 23 (Sun) 29 (Sat) 30 (Sun)
  • 5/3 (Wed) 4 (Thu) 5 (Fri) 27 (Sat) 28 (Sun)
  • 6/24 (Sat) 25 (Sun)
  • 7/22 (Sat) 23 (Sun)
  • 8/26 (Sat) 27 (Sun)
  • 9/23 (Sat) 24 (Sun)
  • 10/28 (Sat) 29 (Sun)
  • 11/3 (Fri) 4 (Sat) 5 (Sun) 11 (Sat) 12 (Sun) 25 (Sat) 26 (Sun)

Entrance fee
Adults : ¥500 (¥400 for groups of 20 or more)
Elementary school students : ¥250 (¥200 for groups of 20 or more)
You will receive the admission pass. Please return it when you leave the premises.

Garden Map (PDF) Download

Rules in the Garden
1. MATSUYASHIKI GARDEN is private property. Please be respectful and courteous of others and neighbors - Umeyashiki Ryokan and Hotel Kôsho.
2. There are danger zones on the premises such as pond, creek and slope. Please be aware of those. We do not take any responsibility for injury to persons or personal property on premises, also for lost or damage of visitor's belongings.
3. Please observe the following rules:

  • No smoking and no fires, not to bring hazardous materials
  • No alcohol
  • No pets
  • Not to bring sports or play equipment
  • Do not harm or feed to wild animals and not take any plants or flowers
  • Do not sell any goods or articles, solicit or raise funds, take photographs for commercial purposes, or to shoot movies anywhere on this premises.
  • Be sure to carry any trash with you.

4. If anyone who damaged the property, amenities and equipment of this facility, you may be charged for damages.

Information

Information will be noticed on this site.

Access

Enter the passage to Umeyashiki Ryokan, go straight about 150m to the end.

Address:Hangakimen 2396-1, Nikko, Tochigi, 321-1414
Parking: spaces limited
Link to Googlemap
Phone number

0288-25-6066

Mail address

info@matsuyashiki.com

●From Tobu Nikko Station or JR Nikko Station
♦By Taxi : About 5 min. Tell the driver to go to "MATSUYASHIKI" or "UMEYASHIKI RYOKAN" at HANGAKIMEN.
♦By Bus :Take the Tobu Bus bound for Chuzenji, Yumoto.
Get off "Shinkyo". Walk about 15 min.

●By Car :About 2.5km from the Nikko Interchange on the Nikko-Utsunomiya Toll Road

By any way, please head for "UMEYASHIKI RYOKAN". Enter the passage of "UMEYASHIKI RYOKAN", and go straight about 150m to the end.

Parking
Spaces limited. (4 - 5 cars) Only available during the visit to MATAUYASHIKI.
Parking spaces of Umeyashiki Ryokan or Hotel Kôsho are not available.