European style building , Japanese style building
The Western-style house is an important example of Japanese upper-class residential architecture during the Meiji Era.
Consisting of more than 530 square meters of building space, the two-story wooden building includes a basement. It was mainly used as a guesthouse to host important visitors. Its design is based on early 17th-century British Jacobian-style.
Iwasaki Garden contains Western-style and Japanese-style houses, both built in 1896. The Western-style residence was mainly used to host guests, while the Japanese-style house was used as a private residence where the family spent their daily lives. It is said that the Japanese house was built by Ookawa Kijur. Served as a house to hold Iwasaki family’s private events, only three rooms of the Japanese-style building remains today.