Niigata's saito family villa
Invited to visit the former Saito family summer villa in Niigata, I couldn’t resist to see a traditional Japanese house and its magnificent garden, the Saito villa is one of the landmarks of the city. Constructed over four years from 1917 to 1920, by Kijuro Saito. Niigata is known for being a port town, so it was the main business for wealthy merchants, like the Saito family. The villa was constructed following Japanese aesthetics, plus, the design of the whole villa makes that the house and the garden are connected creating a unity. The open rooms offer views to the main area of the garden, prefect for meditation, a tea ceremony, receive important guests, or simple contemplation of nature. Though I visited the house in summer, the garden had flowers in full bloom and it is said it’s a pleasure in every season to come and see it. The main garden has a central pond, where the stream of a small current comes from the upper part of the garden. A path takes visitors to the garden teahouse and connects with the house. So calm it makes one forget that is a house in a port town.
Admission: Adults ¥300. Highschool students ¥100. Preschool chidren Free
Opening hours: April 1st to September 30th 9:30-18:00h. October 1st to March 31st 9:30-17:00h. Closed on Mondays, New Year holidays (December 28th to January 3rd). Mondays and Tuesdays after official national holidays.
How to get there
By bus, on the station terminal, take the Niigata city loop bus, and get off at Hoppo Bunka Hakubutsukan Niigata Bunkan. 2 minute walk from the bus stop.