Former Nishio Residence (Suita Culture and Creativity Exchange Hall) 0
Once the home of Edo-period headmen, this structure is now an example of Japanese-style modernist architecture. The annex and other structures were designed by Goichi Takeda, a key figure in the modernist architectural movement in Western Japan. On a side note, the house was also the first in Suita to receive a phone, a fact that remains even now in the last four digits of the phone number (0001).
Open9:00 - 17:15
ClosedNew Year holidays (12/29 - 1/3)
The Former Nishio Residence was once home to the headmen of the Sento Goryo (an imperial property), which provided foodstuffs like rice and vegetables presented to the gods by the estate of abdicated emperors during the Niiname-sai autumn festival at Ise Grand Shrine and other Shinto ceremonies. The 4,600m² property includes a variety of structures: a gatehouse (formerly a nagayamon combined-gatehouse-and-residence) done in the sukiya-zukuri style, the main residence, an annex, a tea house, a dozo-style mortar cellar, a courtyard garden, and more. The exterior is done in a pure Japanese style, but inside are Western-style wings with a billiard hall, rooms with Art Nouveau-style stained glass, and other Occidental touches, creating a luxurious layout that speaks to the wealth and glory of yesteryear. At one time, the house was taken by the Osaka Tax Bureau as payment-in-kind for inheritance taxes. Though there was talk of tearing it down, a movement started among local citizens to preserve the house. In the end, Suita City was commissioned to manage the property, and at present it is open to the public as the Suita Culture and Creativity Exchange Hall.
Location〒 564-0032 2-15-11 Uchihonmachi, Suita-shi, Osaka
Directions10-minute walk from Suita Station on the JR and Hankyu Lines
Tour guideGuidance provided by volunteer guides