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Welcome to Chichibunomiya Memorial Park !

Loyal family Chichibunomiya and his wife had lived in this park for 10 years. After his wife’s death, the property was donated to Gotemba City by her will, and was rearranged as a park. The main park is surrounded with cypress at the foot of Mt. Hakone, which is famous for its great scenery. It is located at the altitude of 500 meters and ranges 60,000 square meters. The garden is full of nature with plants and flowers that both prince and princess had loved, and it welcomes visitors every season.

  • The entrance to the forest
  • The entrance to the forest

    At the entrance of the forest of cypress trees, you will find the plate written by the son of Chichibunomiya. In May, you can see potato flowers there.

The main building and weeping cherry

The main building and weeping cherry

The main building with a thatched roof was built in 1723, and you should not miss the weeping cherry tree that ages 130 years old, which attracts all the visitors every year in April.

Chichibunomiya memorial garden

Chichibunomiya memorial garden

The garden is about 5,000 square meters large and was designed by a professional gardener. The garden is full of flowers including original wild grasses and flowers, and holds seasonal flowerbeds and perennial herbs. It is so nice to see Mt. Fuji with snow on top in the flower garden.

  • Uguisu-tei cafe (Nitingale arbor)
  • Uguisu-tei cafe (Nitingale arbor)

    This cafe was named after waka poetry of Prince Chichibunomiya. Take a little break while walking in the garden, and try their original cake of the month, coffee of loyal family and snacks.

  • Facility
  • Facility

    You can get local products at the souvenir shop and rental hall and meeting rooms are available for rent. They accept picture recording in some location with charge.

  • Main Building
  • Main Building "Living"

    When having relocated the house, they had renovated the mold floor and used it as a study, a reception room and a kitchen. All the pieces of furniture displayed in "Living" as they were in old days were shipped from England where Prince Chichibunomiya had spent his school years. Princess Setsuko was closely acquainted with British Royal Family, and Prince Charles of the Wales had admired her as his grandma in Japan.

Main Building

Main Building "Hearth"

The hearth that the prince and the princess had used still remains, and local people volunteers to renovate the thatched roof. If you are lucky, you may be able to see the work on the roof.

  • The main building
  • The main building "West Hall"

    Prince and Princess Chichibunomiya and their son Takamatsunomiya had listened to End of the World War II declaration on the radio in this room.

  • Exhibit room
  • Exhibit room

    They renovated the part of the new building and are using it as an exhibition hall. The items given by Prince Chichibunomiya are exhibited and special exhibits are held several times a year. The potteries made by the kiln in the park are also exhibited.

  • Air‐raid shelter
  • Air‐raid shelter

    You can visit air-raid shelters, one for prince, one for general and one for attenders.

  • Chichibunomiya Memorial Park

    • Chichibunomiya Memorial Park
    • Address:1507-7 Higashitanaka, Gotemba City, ShizuokaGoogle Map
      Access:Free shuttle bus (about 10 min from Gotemba Station) * Basically, no shuttle bus on Mondays.

      Parking lot:JPY 200 for regular sized vehicle/JPY 1,000 for bus and micro bus (less than 100 passengers)/free for bus and micro bus (more than 100 passengers)/Free Wi-Fi available/Credit card OK/Lavatory available/Average budget:PY 300 for adult, JPY 150 for high school students and younger children/Open:[Apr] 9:00-17:00, [May, Sep-Mar] 9:00-16:30, [Jun-Aug] 9:00-17:30 (Enter by 30 min before closing. Opening hours may vary depending on the event schedule)/Closed:Every 3rd Monday of the month (except holidays), Dec 29 - Jan 1 (Open every day in Apr and Nov. When Monday is a holiday, the park closes on the next day.)/