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Jiyu Gakuen Myonichikan

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[Seasonal Special!] [Social Infrastructure] [Education] [Architecture] [Museum] [Cherry Blossom]

[Seasonal] Cherry Blossoms Viewing
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7.0/10.0)

[Overall] Sightseeing
★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ (6.0/10.0)

△ Enjoyable
◎ Beautiful
○ Relaxing
◎ Unique
○ Japanese

TRY JAPAN recommends ...

1: to see the beautiful architecture designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

Photo provided by Jiyu Gakuen Myonichikan

One of a few existing buildings in Japan designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

If you visit Jiyu Gakuen Myonichikan, you can see a beautiful school building of Jiyu Gakuen.

It was built in 1921. Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) designed it because he emphasized with the educational principles by founders of Jiyu Gakuen, Motoko Hani (1880-1955) and Yoshikazu Hani (1873-1957). It is selected as Important Cultural Property of Japan, and classrooms and dining hall are used under working preservation.

This building has a symmetric appearance with lounge in the center. It was designed as a low-rise plairie-style building that harmonized with grounds on the basis of organic architecture, which is different from functionalism and rationalism. It has comfortable space inside. Apparently, it is stable due to the same height of the 1st floor between inside and outside, and is spacious due to the mountain-shape ceiling inside the building.

It is impressive to see pictures of classrooms during the starting period of Jiyu Gakuen In "Fujin-no-Tomo Company Professor Hani memorial Exhibition Room." It is also wonderful to see pictures of architectural buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in "Mini Wright Museum." There are four cherry trees at the school ground in front of Myonichikan.

Also, there is a wonderful auditorium designed by Arata Endo (1889-1951). The repair work is being carried out in the auditorium from October 2014 to March 2017.

It opened in 1921. It is a middle-sized private school building at residential area in Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima City, Tokyo. Its nearest station is Ikebukuro station.

Event Information

"Night Entry"
October 18, 2019 (Friday)
November 15, 2019 (Friday)
December 20, 2019 (Friday)
January 17, 2020 (Friday)
February 21, 2020 (Friday)

"Holiday Concert"
November 3, 2019 (Sunday, National Holiday): "The 102th Holiday Concert"

Finished Event Information

from March 28, 2015 (Saturday) to April 5, 2015 (Sunday)

"Dance mask Exhibition of the world"
from October 27, 2015 (Tuesday) to November 3, 2015 (Tuesday, National Holiday)

"Fireplace and Beaujolais Nouveau"
November 20, 2015 (Friday)

"Holiday Concert"
December 6, 2015 (Sunday): "The 56th Holiday Concert"
January 9, 2016 (Saturday): "The 57th Holiday Concert"
February 11, 2016 (Thursday, National Holiday): "The 58th Holiday Concert"
March 6, 2016 (Sunday): "The 59th Holiday Concert"
April 2, 2016 (Saturday): "The 60th Holiday Concert"
May 7, 2016 (Saturday): "The 61st Holiday Concert"
June 25, 2016 (Saturday): "The 62nd Holiday Concert"
July 18, 2016 (Monday, National Holiday): "The 63rd Holiday Concert"
August 14, 2016 (Sunday): "The 64th Holiday Concert"
September 19, 2016 (Monday, National Holiday): "The 65th Holiday Concert"
November 5, 2016 (Saturday): "The 66th Holiday Concert"
December 4, 2016 (Sunday): "The 67th Holiday Concert"
January 29, 2017 (Sunday): "The 68th Holiday Concert"
February 12, 2017 (Sunday): "The 69th Holiday Concert"
March 12, 2017 (Sunday): "The 70th Holiday Concert"
April 1, 2017 (Saturday): "The 71th Holiday Concert"
May 7, 2017 (Sunday): "The 72th Holiday Concert"
June 18, 2017 (Sunday): "The 73th Holiday Concert"
July 17, 2017 (Monday, National Holiday): "The 74th Holiday Concert"
August 13, 2017 (Sunday): "The 75th Holiday Concert"
September 18, 2017 (Monday, National Holiday): "The 76th Holiday Concert"
October 21, 2017 (Saturday): "The 77th Holiday Concert"
November 4, 2017 (Saturday): "The 78th Holiday Concert"
December 3, 2017 (Sunday): "The 79th Holiday Concert"
January 21, 2018 (Sunday): "The 80th Holiday Concert"
February 12, 2018 (Monday, Substitute Holiday): "The 81th Holiday Concert"
March 31, 2018 (Saturday): "The 82th Holiday Concert"
April 8, 2018 (Saturday): "The 83th Holiday Concert"
May 5, 2018 (Saturday, National Holiday): "The 84th Holiday Concert"
June 2, 2018 (Saturday): "The 85th Holiday Concert"
July 7, 2018 (Saturday): "The 86th Holiday Concert"
August 11, 2018 (Saturday, National Holiday): "The 87th Holiday Concert"
September 24, 2018 (Monday, Substitute Holiday): "The 88th Holiday Concert"
October 6, 2018 (Saturday): "The 89th Holiday Concert"
November 3, 2018 (Saturday, National Holiday): "The 90th Holiday Concert"
December 2, 2018 (Saturday): "The 91th Holiday Concert"
January 14, 2019 (Monday, National Holiday): "The 92th Holiday Concert"
February 11, 2019 (Monday, National Holiday): "The 93th Holiday Concert"
March 21, 2019 (Thursday, National Holiday): "The 94th Holiday Concert"
April 6, 2019 (Saturday): "The 95th Holiday Concert"
May 5, 2019 (Sunday, National Holiday): "The 96th Holiday Concert"
June 8, 2019 (Saturday): "The 97th Holiday Concert"
July 13, 2019 (Saturday): "The 98th Holiday Concert"
August 12, 2019 (Monday, National Holiday): "The 99th Holiday Concert"
September 7, 2019 (Saturday): "The 100th Holiday Concert"
October 12, 2019 (Saturday): "The 101th Holiday Concert" Cancelled

"Night Entry"
December 18, 2015 (Friday)
January 15, 2016 (Friday)
February 19, 2016 (Friday): "Night Entry Special Event: Night to enjoy COEDO beer and fireplace"
March 18, 2016 (Friday)
April 15, 2016 (Friday)
May 20, 2016 (Friday)
June 17, 2016 (Friday)
July 15, 2016 (Friday)
September 16, 2016 (Friday)
October 21, 2016 (Friday)
November 18, 2016 (Friday): "JIYU GAKUEN MYONICHIKAN × Beaujolais Nouveau -Evening of Fireplace and Wine-"
December 16, 2016 (Friday)
January 20, 2017 (Friday)
February 17, 2017 (Friday): "Night Entry Special Event: Night to enjoy COEDO beer and fireplace"
March 17, 2017 (Friday)
April 21, 2017 (Friday)
May 19, 2017 (Friday)
June 16, 2017 (Friday)
July 21, 2017 (Friday)
August 18, 2017 (Friday): "BEER TERRACE"
September 15, 2017 (Friday)
October 20, 2017 (Friday)
November 17, 2017 (Friday):  "Beaujolais Nouveau and Fireplace"
December 15, 2017 (Friday)
January 19, 2018 (Friday)
February 16, 2018 (Friday): "Night Entry Special Event: Night to enjoy COEDO beer and fireplace"
March 16, 2018 (Friday)
April 20, 2018 (Friday)
May 18, 2018 (Friday)
June 15, 2018 (Friday)
July 20, 2018 (Friday)
August 17, 2018 (Friday): "BEER TERRACE"
September 21, 2018 (Friday)
October 19, 2018 (Friday)
November 16, 2018 (Friday): "Wine and Fireplace"
December 21, 2018 (Friday)
January 18, 2019 (Friday)
February 15, 2019 (Friday): "Night Entry Special Event: Night to enjoy COEDO beer and fireplace"
March 15, 2019 (Friday)
April 19, 2019 (Friday)
May 17, 2019 (Friday)
June 21, 2019 (Friday)
July 19, 2019 (Friday)
August 16, 2019 (Friday): "BEER TERRACE"
September 20, 2019 (Friday)

"Christmas Worship 2015"
December 24, 2015 (Thursday)

"Cherry Blossoms of Myonichikan 2016"
from March 31, 2016 (Thursday) to April 2, 2016 (Saturday) and from April 5, 2016 (Tuesday) to April 6, 2016 (Wednesday)

"KAIYU ART MUSEUM: Look for Nyoro ~Hiroko Sekino Exhibition~"
from May 19, 2016 (Thursday) to June 1, 2016 (Wednesday), except Saturday, Sunday and Monday

"Myonichikan Preservation and Repair Construction Documentary Film Event: The Present from Wright (First Part)"
June 26, 2016 (Sunday)

"Myonichikan Preservation and Repair Construction Documentary Film Event: Revive Myonichikan (Second Part)"
July 10, 2016 (Sunday)

"Beer Terrace 2016"
August 19, 2016 (Friday)

"Christmas Worship 2016"
December 24, 2016 (Saturday)

from March 28, 2017 (Thursday) to April 1, 2017 (Saturday) and from April 4, 2017 (Tuesday) to April 7, 2017 (Friday)

"The Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Anniversary Panel Exhibition"
from August 13, 2017 (Sunday) to August 20, 2017 (Sunday)

"Tokyo Heritage Week 2017: Open to the public all at once"
from November 1, 2017 (Wednesday) to November 5, 2017 (Sunday)

"Christmas Tour"
December 24, 2017 (Sunday)

"Christmas Worship 2017"
December 24, 2017 (Sunday)

"YAMAGIWA -Hommage for Frank Lloyd Wright-"
from January 5, 2018 (Friday) to January 21, 2018 (Sunday)

from March 30, 2018 (Friday) to March 31, 2018 (Saturday)
from April 3, 2018 (Tuesday) to April 8, 2018 (Sunday)
from March 30, 2018 (Friday) to March 31, 2018 (Saturday)
from April 3, 2018 (Tuesday) to April 6, 2018 (Friday)

"The Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Special Exhibition"
from August 7, 2018 (Tuesday) to August 17, 2018 (Friday)

"Christmas Worship 2018"
December 24, 2018 (Monday, Substitute Holiday)

"The 65th Bunkazai Boka Day (Cultural Property Fire Prevention Day): Fire Engine Practice"
January 23, 2019 (Wednesday)

from March 28, 2019 (Thursday) to March 29, 2019 (Friday)

"Bento (Lunch Box) with Lawn!"
from April 2, 2019 (Tuesday) to April 3, 2019 (Wednesday)

"The Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Panel Exhibition"
from August 6, 2019 (Tuesday) to August 16, 2019 (Friday)

Photo Provided by Jiyu Gakuen Myonichikan

Necessary Time
It is estimated that it is about 1 hour in a regular pace, about 30 minutes in a hurried pace, and about 1.5 hours in a slow pace.

Opening Hour
This architectural building opens from 10:00 to 16:00 (last entry: 15:30). In case of holiday opening that is held approximately once a month, it opens from 10:00 to 17:00 (last entry: 16:30). Also, on the 3rd Friday of every month, it also opens from 18:00 to 21:00 (last entry: 20:30). Due to the use of building, it is possible that we can not see the part of the architectural building during regular opening hour. Also, in case of wedding celemony, we can see the building from outside only.

Closed Day
This architectural building is closed every Monday, and year-end and new year holidy. In case that Monday is either a national holiday or a substitute holiday, it opens on Monday and closes on the following weekday.

Admissions Fee
It is 400-yen for high school students and over. It is free for junior high school students and under. It is 600-yen for the entry and cafe services. In case of night entry, as an option, it is 1,000-yen for the entry and alcholic beverages. In case of wedding ceremony, it is free although it is not possible to observe inside the buildings.

It takes about 5 minutes from Ikebukuro Station. It is not easy to find the place, while there are some directional signs.

Nearest Railway Station
◎ Ikebukuro Station (JR East: Yamanote Line, Saikyo Line, others)
◎ Ikebukuro Station (Tokyo Metro: Marunouchi Line, Yurakucho Line, Fukutoshin Line)
◎ Ikebukuro Station (Seibu: Ikebukuro Line)
◎ Ikebukuro Station (Tobu: Tojo Line)
○ Mejiro Station (JR East: Yamanote Line)

Fellow Travelers
◎ Alone
◎ With Friends
◎ With Significant Other
◎ With Family
○ With Children

Name in English
Jiyu Gakuen Myonichikan

Name in Roman Letters
Jiyu Gakuen Myonichikan

Name in Japanese

2-31-3, Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima City, Tokyo, 171-0021, Japan

Telephone Number



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