Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa tour - Part 1

by Ram Ya January. 10, 2017 1799 views

Despite landing just 48 hours before, we had already seen the unbelievable beauty this country has to offer. On day one, I walked the whole day around Shibuya and Meiji shrine with a 40L backpack on my back. On day two, PhotoBlog member @yokai took us to Mount Fuji and surprised us with mesmerizing views that I will never forget in my life. 

After day 2, Yokai stayed with us at the same hotel. I was really inspired by his act of kindness and generosity. This theme of hospitality and friendliness is something we experienced from everybody in Japan. I felt as welcomed as my own home country here!

After a brief stop at Ryūzu Falls, we arrived at our main destination --Tamozawa Imperial Villa. A place that represents the peacefulness and elegance of japanese design.

Living rooms of the Imperial Villa open to the indoor garden.

The Villa is built around the former Edo residence of the Kishu Tokugawa clan. The Edo residence was presented to the Imperial Household in 1872 and became the Akasaka Rikyu. It was then used variously as a temporary palace for the emperor and as the crown prince's residence until 1898. 

Sunlight peeking inside through the indoor gardens

Moss gardens are a common sight in Japan.

Hallway windows open to the indoor garden

Close up of the indoor garden

Beautiful balconies hugging trees

Is this designed to help you focus? One of the study rooms of the Villa

Imagine walking on this tatami mattress in absolute silence.

Fall colors, as seen from the living rooms of NIkko Tamozawa Imperial Villa

I absolutely loved walking through this elegantly designed Imperial Villa. Its entrance price is worth every yen! I have a lot more photos from this beautiful Villa and its gardens. Stay tuned for Part 2 of this series for more. As always, your comments and critique are much appreciated. 

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Andrés Álvarez A 2 years, 9 months ago

Excellent set, Love the Orange tones.

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Ram Ya Replied to Andrés Álvarez A 2 years, 9 months ago

Thank you, Andres!

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Kontheroad - 2 years, 10 months ago

I'm so touched by your beautiful photos taken in my country. Thank you so much !

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Ram Ya Replied to Kontheroad - 2 years, 9 months ago

Thank you! You are really lucky to be calling Japan home!

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Becky Brannon 2 years, 10 months ago

#8 - I like how what is inside is reflective of the outside!!

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Ram Ya Replied to Becky Brannon 2 years, 9 months ago

I didn't notice this until you mentioned it! Thank you, Becky!

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Carmen Boutot 2 years, 10 months ago

Looks like a really neat place!

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Ram Ya Replied to Carmen Boutot 2 years, 9 months ago

Yes, they keep it really neat! Thanks for visiting, Carmen.

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Antonio Gil 2 years, 10 months ago

I love all the views and those amazing colors, and the way windows are the common thread throughout the post.

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Ram Ya Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 9 months ago

Thank you so much, Antonio!

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Jay Boggess 2 years, 10 months ago

Love the beautiful subjects, compositions, unique perspectives, colors, lighting and contrasts!

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Ram Ya Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 10 months ago

Thank you very much for your kind words, Jay.

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Ram Ya 2 years, 10 months ago

Thank You for sharing them with us!



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