Former Matsumoto Residence (The Industry Club of West Japan)

Comprised of both Western and Japanese style buildings, this stately compound was erected in 1912 as a residence and guesthouse by Matsumoto Kenjiro, founder of Meiji College of Technology (now Kyushu Institute of Technology). The Western style building was designed by famed architect Kingo Tatsuno, who also designed Tokyo Station; it features an exterior, interior, and furnishings all designed in the art nouveau style. Kosaburo Kubota, an architect who supervised Meiji College of Technology, designed the Japanese style building, with its central study in the style of a tea-ceremony pavillion and parlor in the shoin style of traditional Japanese residential architecture laid out side-by-side. Both buildings were deemed Government-Designated Important Cultural Assets in 1972, as were the two storehouses in 1982.

*About the Buildings: Government Designated Important Cultural Assets; completed in 1911; area – 400 tsubo (about 1,322 square meters/14,230 square feet)
*Accessibility: Baby changing tables in bathrooms; guide dogs permitted

Address 804-0021 1-4-33 Ichieda, Tobata Ward, Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka
Contact Tel:093-871-1031 
Nishinihon Kogyo Club
Fees Free
and Holidays
*Open to the public several times a year
Parking Available; 60 vehicles
Access By train and bus – From JR Tobata Station, take a Nishitetsu bus and get off at the Meiji Gakuen Mae stop; a 7 minute walk from there
Times Available 9am – 5pm
Area Kitakyushu Area
Genre Gardens and Buildings (History and Culture)

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