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History of Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo

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Edo Era
700 years ago, before the Edo Era, the land of Chinzanso was called Tsubakiyama (Mountain of Camellias), where wild camellias bloomed. At the beginning of the Edo Era, famous poet Basho Matsuo lived next to the garden. Based on this 1857 painting (right), a lord’s mansion was on the property.
Edo Era

Meiji Era
Mr. Aritomo Yamagata (1838-1922), a former Prime Minister of Japan and one of the key officials who established the Meiji Government, came into possession of the Chinzanso land.
Meiji Era
Mr. YamagataMr. Yamagata was not only a politician but also an art connoisseur who wrote poetry and was fond of gardens. He developed the Garden with a Kaiyuu-style design, popular in the Edo Era. Kaiyuu gardens usually have vast green grasslands, a pond, a Tsukiyama (earth molded to look like a small mountain) and winding rivers.
Taisho and Pre-War
In 1918, Chinzan-so was awarded to Mr. Heitaro Fujita, a baron, president of Fujita Kumi, and a top leader in the Kansai area. He respected the wishes of Mr. Yamagata, who insisted on leaving the place unchanged.
Taisho and Pre-War
In 1945, the Yamagata Museum, a mansion the size of five tennis courts, and most of the trees were burned down in the air raids of World War II. However, in 1948, in the aftermath of the war, the owner of the company (now known as Fujita Kanko), Mr. Eichi Ogawa, wanted to make a place where people could gather, so he planted 10,000 trees to revive Chinzanso.On November 11, 1952, a grand opening ceremony for the new Chinzanso garden, with a restaurant, took place. Ever since then, Chinzanso has been known throughout Japan for its prestigious wedding facilities and its exquisite garden restaurants.