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The beautiful Maeda House in color

In early 2020 I discovered the Maeda House.   On that first visit, I thought it was one of Tokyo’s most impressive historical buildings.  In the end, I believed photographing it in black and white was the best thing to do.  But, I knew one day I would shoot in color.  And that is what I did this time.

purple living room

Have you seen my older article about the Maeda House?  With those monochrome pictures, you couldn’t see the true interior.  You could only guess or assume.  Now you can see how it is.  It is colorful!  In some rooms, gaudy might be the correct word?  I’m mainly talking of the Marquise’s Room decked out in purple.

Maeda House fireplace

I wonder how the house looked in its heyday.  Were the furniture and fittings equally as colorful?   And then there were the occupants of the house.  This place might have been quite the trendsetter in the early days of modern Tokyo.

The craftsmanship in the building is incredible.  Both the wood and metalwork are of the highest class.  Some people might be surprised to know many of the interior fittings were imported from England.

Maeda house dining room

The next time I go should be in spring.  When the cherry blossoms outside bloom, the Maeda House should be stunning.  There are a lot of trees outside, and they will probably transform the area. 

If there is one part of the house which is a little underwhelming, it is the exterior.  It has light brown brick walls with a green tiled roof.  Compared to the interior, it looks a little drab.  The cherry blossoms will change that.  I can’t wait to see it.

Maeda house blue fireplace

As for the lenses used in this article, I used the Fujifilm 10-24 mm and the 16-55 mm.  Even though the house is large, many rooms are pretty small.  A wide-angle is necessary in this place.

Have you been to the Maeda House?  I’d love to hear your thoughts, especially if you have photographed the building.  And for those of you that have questions or comments, please leave them below. If you are seeing my black and white photos of this historic place, click here.

Maeda house interior

Where is the Maeda House in Tokyo?

Komaba Park is about a ten-minute walk from Komaba-Todaimae Station, which is on the Keio-Inokashira line.  Here is a map for you:

Entrance fees


classic staircase

Opening hours

Maeda House is open from 9 am to 4:30 pm (with the last entry at 4 pm). It is closed on Mondays and from December 29 to January 3. If a holiday falls on Monday, it will be open and closed the following day.

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