On the large grounds stand the main residence, new residence, and two earthen storehouses. The appearance of the residences is simple. Their roofs have no fancy upward-curing eave ends or elevated ridges made of piles of tiles. Still, being built with hand-picked high-quality materials, these residences have a dignified and sophisticated air.
The main residence's annex, built in the later Meiji period as a retreat, is meticulously designed with elaborate furniture and decorative transoms. Adjacent to the west side of the main residence stands the new residence, which features a hint of modernism in its neatly planned planar structure.
The front gate is the oldest structure in Iizuka-tei. It was built at the end of the Edo period. The tall stone posts and the wide space between them tell us that the Iizukas were a high-status family. The buildings have been so carefully preserved for generations that most of them have not changed from the time of construction. This turns the craftsmanship and floor layouts that are rarely used in present architecture into the great features of Iizuka-tei.
Now, Iizuka-tei has been renovated into a hotel where these traditional elements are preserved as best as possible and superior comfort is guaranteed.
The hotel is furnished with Simmons beds for a refreshing sleep after a long day of travel, a large sofa for the whole family to sink into and relax, an easy-to-use kitchen, and a bathroom made with indigenous Oya stone. We invite you to Iizuka-tei Hotel, where old and new co-exist, to feel the life of the old Japan.
Edo / 1830-1867
Wooden buildings, tiled roofs, 2.9 m-wide entrance for each building / 360, Bato, Nakagawa-machi, Nasu-gun, Tochigi prefecture
Registration: September 19, 2003 / Registered tangible cultural property (building)